The film highlights Candy’s manic efforts to make the Argos the coolest kid in class once again, reviving them in a Toronto market infatuated with the Blue Jays and Maple Leafs. Employing Hollywood pals ranging from Jim Belushi to Mariel Hemingway, Candy single-handedly lifted the team and the entire league for a brief moment of gridiron Camelot.
Watching him on the frigid Winnipeg sideline in November of 1991, we vividly recall looking up from our desk at CBC to see the ample Candy bounding across the newsroom toward us, massive paw outstretched as slack-jawed reporters sat stunned to see the movie star in their midst. As the many voices in the piece recall, Candy was everywhere in the brief years between buying the team and selling it days before his death in March of 1994. We were on his list and he made it memorable.
Producer Matt Dunn deftly captures Candy’s enthusiasm for a team that, as now, was being rendered passé by Toronto’s cultural elites. In those days, however, there was no NFL pressing at the gates of Canada’s largest market, threatening the viability of the entire league. As the CFL takes the Grey Cup game to Toronto next year, it’s hard not to lament the shabby condition of the storied tradition Candy so believed in.
Using the sort of rhetoric that might limit his future CSTB appearances to one or twice a year (““I really for the first time understand humility…“It’s not everybody else’s fault. It’s not a coincidence that I’m here”) the rehabbing reprobate Lenny Dykstra tells the New York Daily News’ Nancy Dillon that “The punishment gods said, ‘You know what we’re going to do? We’re going to put you in fucking jail.”
Dykstra is now a voluntary patient on scholarship at The Hills, takes routine drug tests and calls his thinking “clear.”
“I’m a partier, (and) it leads to making decisions that probably led to why I’m here right now. And that’s a fact that I have to admit,” he said.
Dykstra scoffed at reports that he recently bailed on a formal agreement to fight fellow former baseball star Jose Canseco in a celebrity boxing match. He said the Pennsylvania fan who ran his Twitter feed while he was incarcerated signed the contract without his full consent and then fabricated quotes for a press release.
Dykstra said the Pennsylvania-based fan later staged a fake Twitter war with him, attributing anti-Semitic remarks to the former All-Star. Claiming he doesn’t even know the password for the Twitter account bearing his name, Dykstra said he now is pursuing a restraining order.
Once the Atlanta Thrashers’ move to Winnipeg was confirmed, the club’s current owners, True North Sports & Entertainment opted to revive the name of the departed WHA/NHL Jets, but instead chose a new logo for the team, one they boasted,”was developed in partnership with Reebok and the NHL, was inspired by the logo of the Royal Canadian Air Force.” The Guardian’s Colin Horgan delves into a Canadian Press report that outlines the Jets’ written agreement with the nation’s defense department over how the logo can be used, the most eye-catching passage being the following ; “the club agrees to use the Winnipeg Jets logos solely in accordance with the terms and conditions of this agreement and in such a manner as to protect and preserve the reputation and integrity of Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada, as represented by the Minister of National Defence and the Canadian Forces.”
According to the story, nobody from either the Jets organization or national defence was available for comment, but it certainly raises some questions – namely about specifics: what exactly will ensure protection of the integrity of the Queen? That could mean all kinds of things, and it seems odd that an NHL franchise would ever be expected to worry about upholding the image of a reigning monarch. Just play hockey.
It’s doubtful that it will actually affect the team in too many ways, but from a fan standpoint, it certainly makes you wonder what exactly it is you’re supporting when you don a jersey. Given the recent push by Canada’s Conservative government to reintroduce the ‘Royal’ designation back to the Army and Navy, and the fervor with which it lauded two recent Royal visits, this Jets logo tips dangerously from the realm of sports into the world of ideological politics.
“If you don’t want the world to think you’re a dirty player, you might not want to get caught kicking an opponent and grinding his head into the ground,” opined ESPN.com’s Kevin Seifert, conveniently ignoring the way DT Ndamukong Suh has been routinely targeted by officials. I don’t care what the video evidence shows, this is such a small sample size with which to smear a hard-working professional athlete who obeys most laws of civilized society 6 days a week.
If you believe there’s a price point where the Mets would pay for Jose Reyes- say four years, 70 million-then all Jerry Seinfeld has to provide is the difference between this and what it takes to get the deal done. Jon Heyman estimated Reyes’ final deal at six years, $120 million. So the difference would require Jerry to kick in $50 million.
Even if you think every dollar the Wilpon group is cutting in salary is going to the Save An Owner Foundation, this plan could still work. All it required of Jerry Seinfeld is $20 million per season for the next six seasons.
Again, with Seinfeld subsidizing the Reyes contract entirely, it in no way hamstrings Sandy Alderson’s payroll flexibility. Indeed, by allowing him to spend whatever the Wilpon group provides him on just 24 players- and shortstop accounted for- it is a solution that allows the Mets to keep Reyes AND have greater payroll flexibility than they’d have without him.
For what it’s worth, Bee Movie grossed more than $126 million. Jerry can pay for Jose Reyes without even touching Seinfeld money.
So I’m begging you, Jerry: please pay for the Mets to keep Jose Reyes. It is unseemly to ask another man to spend his money, I know. But Mets fans are out of options. You can become, in one move, to the Mets as Bill Gates is to world disease. And your dog can lead the Bark in the Park parade- a parade of triumph, making him the greatest mascot this team has had since Mr. Met.
…but it’s hardly a fearsome football conference at the moment. OK, I’m putting a few words in the mouth of Stanford head coach David Shaw, but when Jim Harbaugh’s successor considers the Cardinal’s no. 6 Bowl Championship Series ranking behind Oklahoma State and Virginia Tech, it’s understandable why he’d use a Tuesday press conference to denounce the BCS system as “flawed…and they know it.” From the San Jose Mercury News’ Jon Wilner ;
“To have a one-loss Pac-12 team behind a one-loss ACC team (Virginia Tech) means the computers value the ACC more than the Pac-12 … which I don’t believe is accurate,” Shaw said.
When the topic turned to Oklahoma State, Shaw noted that the Cowboys’ loss came to an unranked team (Iowa State), whereas Stanford lost to then-No. 7 Oregon.
“The computers don’t program themselves,” he said.
The BCS standings are determined by a team’s average ranking in seven computer polls and its position in the Coaches and Harris top-25 polls. Because of what’s perceived to be a weak schedule, Stanford’s computer ranking is lower than its position in the human polls.
“I don’t get it,” Shaw said. “Who decides what a quality win is? The explanations I get don’t make any sense.”
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