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CAP­TUR­ING THE SPIRIT OF THE THING

Un­der the cat­e­gory of Well-Of-Course-They-Are, nurses in Edmonton hos­pi­tals are show­ing up at work the past few weeks wear­ing Dar­nell Nurse T-shirts and sweaters.

“He’s tak­ing care of busi­ness just like nurses should do,” one nurse told Global News.

That said, on Twit­ter the Hamil­ton na­tive is @drt­wofive (doc­tor two five). So per­haps the physi­cians should be wear­ing them as well.

OTHER SWEATER OP­TIONS

This opens the door to all kinds of other work­places wear­ing hockey sweaters in hon­our of their favourite busi­ness-ap­pro­pri­ate play­ers. Con­sider just a few of the end­less pos­si­bil­i­ties: Bed­ding store – Ryan Spooner Op­tometrist – Cody Ceci Weight loss cen­tre – Chris Wide­man Home se­cu­rity ser­vice – Richard Panik Com­edy club – Ryan Get­zlaf Psy­chi­a­trist – Bran­don Saad McMaster cam­pus – Pa­trick Ma­roon NHL re­play of­fi­cial – Evgeny Kuznetsov Sci­ence lab – Mark Letestu Chi­ro­prac­tor – David Backes Roof­ing com­pany – Pa­trick Eaves Church – James Neal Pet store – Jay Bea­gle Wine shop – Pa­trick Mar­leau

STILL STUPID

The NHL al­lows coaches to re­quest an in­stant re­play chal­lenge to re­view goalie in­ter­fer­ence, off­sides, whether a goal was scored with a high stick, whether a puck was shot di­rectly over the glass lead­ing to a de­lay-of-game penalty and a few other things. Yet, these same coaches can’t chal­lenge ic­ings, whether a stick to the face draw­ing a penalty ac­tu­ally made contact with the face and other in­frac­tions/rule breaches.

This wildly flawed sys­tem sug­gests the league re­ally cares about get­ting ev­ery­thing right … un­less it doesn’t. It’s com­pletely non­sen­si­cal and ridicu­lous. Just ask Wash­ing­ton (given a high stick­ing penalty that wasn’t one in the last mo­ments of a cru­cial game) and Edmonton (Ana­heim iced the puck but it wasn’t called, lead­ing di­rectly to the win­ning goal in over­time).

THAT’S A PRICEY TWO POINTS

Toronto Rap­tors neme­sis LeBron James was the NBA’s high­est-paid player this sea­son with a salary of $30,963,450 US. Yes, that’s 30 mil­lion dol­lars. Amer­i­can. It’s OK to pause here for a sec­ond to let your­self ab­sorb that be­fore con­tin­u­ing. Ready? OK. In 74 games this sea­son, he scored 1,954 points. Which means he made $31,692 per bas­ket. Or $43,402 in loonies. How much is that in hu­man terms? Hamil­ton’s av­er­age fam­ily in­come in 2014 was $84,980 … or slightly less than two hoops from LeBron.

HOME­TOWN TI­CATS?

There is a chance the Hamil­ton Tiger-Cats could se­lect McMaster re­ceiver Danny Van­der­voort with the fourth-over­all pick in Sunday’s CFL draft. The last time the Ti­cats selected a Ma­rauder in the draft was 2013 when Mike Daly was taken with the first pick of the sixth round (45th over­all).

The last time they took a McMaster player with their first-round pick was 2005 when they grabbed Jesse Lums­den sixth over­all. That year, they dou­bled down by tak­ing Mac’s Fabio Fil­ice in the sec­ond round.

The last born-and-raised lo­cal to hear his name called by the Ti­cats in the draft was Burling­ton’s Mercer Tim­mis who was taken in the sec­ond round last spring.

ROUGE ET BLACK ET GOLD

If you had to bet on where at least one Ti­cat player will come from, you might want to drop a few bucks on Laval. Over the past 10 drafts, Hamil­ton has taken more play­ers from the Rouge et Or (8) than from any other school. Next on the list is St. Mary’s with six, and the Univer­sity of Bri­tish Columbia with five.

MAS­COT?

Fifty years ago this week, the Maple Leafs won the Stan­ley Cup for the last time. As with ev­ery other team that won, all the play­ers and man­age­ment’s named were en­graved on the sil­ver tro­phy. The odd­est entry, though?

Look closely and you’ll see Richard Smythe — son of team doc­tor Hugh Smythe and grand­son of for­mer team owner Conn Smythe — etched onto the mug as Mas­cot. sradley@thes­pec.com 905-526-2440 | @radley­atthes­pec Spec­ta­tor colum­nist Scott Radley hosts The Scott Radley Show week­nights from 7-9 on 900CHML

KEVIN TUONG

LianeManz, left, and Stacey Mid­dle­ton are just twoof­many nurses in hos­pi­tals all across Edmonton wear­ing Dar­nell Nurse’s No. 25 in sup­port ofthe Oil­ers.

Manch­ester United mid­fielder Marouane Fel­laini, left, and leg­endary (al­beit fic­tional) SlapShot­tough guy Ogie Ogilthorpe.

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