Ever seen a grown man cry because his favourite team lost a playoff
game and his favourite player was the goat? And ever see a grown man’s
tears turn into icicles?
Well, sources swear all of the above happened Sunday evening to Eric Hinske,
the former Blue Jay who lives near Green Bay and is a lifelong fan of
the Packers. Hinske was at the Pack’s 23-20 overtime loss to the New
York Giants in Sunday’s NFC final and I’m told that, when the
quarterback he worships, Brett Favre, threw an
interception that led to the Giants’ game-winning field goal, tears
literally streamed down the baseball player’s face. It was so cold
that, I’m told, those tears became icy and wound up being picked off
Hinske might shed tears of joy this week. I hear he’s on the verge of
signing a contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks. After stints with the
Oakland A’s, the Jays and the Boston Red Sox, Arizona will be Hinske’s
first NL team. The Sox intend to replace Hinske with ex-Expo Brad Wilkerson as their main left-handed bat off the bench.
•The chap who booted the Giants’ winning field goal, by the way, is quite accustomed to the cold. Lawrence Tynes used to kick for the Ottawa Renegades … Don’t be surprised, incidentally, if Mike Vanderjagt,
signs with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers as Troy Westwood’s replacement …
New England is a heavy favourite — by 12.5 points — to beat the Giants
in the Super Bowl, but keep in mind that the Patriots have failed to
cover the spread in their past five games while the Giants haven’t lost
a road game in months. In their regular-season finale, when both teams
used their starters all game, the Giants covered the spread against the
Pats, losing 38-35.
•Now we hear the Maple Leafs will rehire Cliff Fletcher within the next 48 hours, but as a senior advisor to general manager John Ferguson Jr., who may not be fired. Yet … We also understand Peter Forsberg will return to the NHL fairly soon with either Colorado or Philadelphia.
•And what’s this we’re hearing about the Raptors planning a pitch in a bid to reacquire their former star, Damon Stoudamire?
The Memphis Grizzlies have approached the guard about a buyout, but his
preference is to join the Boston Celtics rather than return to Toronto.