I have some questions and I must ask them. They’re not rhetorical. Can someone please tell me why:
•Anyone in their right mind would pay an average of $4,300 US — and as much as $20,000 — for a ticket to Sunday’s Super Bowl in Arizona? I mean, seriously, isn’t this game on TV?
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•Roger Clemens’ agent bothered to produce an 18-page report claiming that his client never used performance-enhancing drugs? Would anyone expect this guy to suggest anything else, like maybe that Clemens is a steroid-user?
•Clemens is protesting as much as he is, providing taped phone calls, agent reports, interviews with chaps such as Mike Wallace — all of which prove nothing whatsoever?
•There is so much interest within the NBA for Damon Stoudamire, an aging, undersized, journeyman point guard with a history of drug use, a lousy personality and a penchant for contributing insignificantly?
•Isiah Thomas is still coaching the New York Knicks?
•Raptors coach Sam Mitchell gets away with bullying Toronto-based basketball reporters and managing the news as much as he does?
•There still is no confirmation of a CFL team returning to Ottawa?
•There still is no drug policy in the CFL?
•Some CFL club — either the Toronto Argonauts, Montreal Alouettes or Winnipeg Blue Bombers — plans to pay Dave Dickenson a large amount of guaranteed money as a free agent when it is common knowledge that if he ever suffers another concussion — something that can happen rather easily when you’re a quarterback — his career undoubtedly will be over? I mean, isn’t this why the B.C. Lions decided it would be prudent to discard him?
•Saskatchewan general manager Eric Tillman feels the need to bother virtually every single person in football as he conducts a continent-wide manhunt for the Roughriders’ head coaching job? I mean, when all is said and done, isn’t this really just a two-horse race between Saskatchewan assistant coach Ken Miller and Calgary Stampeders assistant coach George Cortez?
•The search for a chief of the Maple Leafs isn’t called off and simply given to Scott Bowman, who’s interested in the position and has been successful enough, astute enough and, yes, is still young enough to run the show as long as he is given the type of autonomy the club is promising?
•Goaltender Ray Emery keeps getting himself into hot water with the Ottawa Senators’ braintrust?
•The NHL’s All-Star Game is such an easy target for so many whiners and complainers when, in reality, it’s just as good (or bad) as any all-star game in any big-league sport?
In three-plus decades as a columnist and broadcaster, Marty York has built a network of solid contacts and a renowned reputation for his hard-hitting, groundbreaking style. The tradition continues in Metro Sports.