Â• Let me get this straight Â– people on Long Island are starting to question Alexei Yashin's effort? This is earth-shattering news, but I'm sure the Isles captain won't rest until (a) he proves all the doubters wrong, or (b) his next tennis match is finished.
Â• I'm an unabashed fan of Spike TV's Pros Vs. Joes, and I was thrilled to see legendary cheap-shotter Claude Lemieux on Thursday night's episode. I don't know what was more entertaining: watching Lemieux smile slyly and talk trash on the sidelines, or when he high-sticked his competitor in the mouth on the first drill in his event with the amateurs.
Whatever the case, the episode made it clear we need Lemieux back in a position of prominence with the NHL. I say we make him Colin Campbell's secret henchman, ready and willing to deliver retribution via dirty cross-checks in the alleyways and shadows. Watch your back, Jordin Tootoo.
Â• Newsday sports columnist Johnette Howard has joined the growing list of media questioning Gary Bettman's future as NHL commissioner. As I wrote for the Globe And Mail's hockey blog Thursday, Bettman isn't the only league bigwig who should be worried.
Â• Yes, the Nashville Predators have dropped two straight games, including Thursday's 3-2 loss to Phoenix, but here's the good news for Nashville fans: not counting the three-game losing skid they started the season with, the Preds have only lost as many as two in a row twice all season. That's the sign of a team with a long playoff run in it.
Â• Had a conversation with a friend recently about the drawn-out business of mainstream moviemaking these days. She couldn't understand why the process could drag out for years, like the highly-anticipated film from Terminator/Titanic director James Cameron that's scheduled for release in 2009.
Â“Oh, that's easy to explain,Â” I said. Â“Roy Scheider said it best when he was talking about filming Jaws: Â‘it's not the time it takes to take the take that takes the time; it's the time it takes between the takes that takes the time to take the take.' Â”
For some reason, she still doesn't get it.
You like to see Lemieux high stick a guy in the mouth but want to see fighting abolished? This rag gets worse by the day.
- James Inglis
I wish people would just shut up about getting rid of fighting. without fighting, it's just figure skating with sticks, and honestly, what's worse figure skating or fighting? I think you know the answer (thank you Norm McDonald)
It seems to me the Hockey News loves to pick on the Islanders, Yashin in particular. Let it go, will you?
- Al Horcher