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Some ran­dom thoughts for a Satur­day morn­ing af­ter a wa­ter­logged week …

Mem­o­rable for the wrong rea­sons

So, Randy Am­brosie, let’s re­cap your first week on the job as new CFL com­mis­sioner.

A player who grabs an of­fi­cial gets a mere one-game sus­pen­sion (yuck), a quar­ter­back try­ing to con­nect with the young fans you’re af­ter via so­cial me­dia gets fined for an in­nocu­ous tweet (dou­ble yuck) and, to cap it off, an of­fi­cial throws a flag on the ticky-tack­i­est of ticky-tack in­frac­tions, elim­i­nat­ing a kick­off re­turn for a touch­down which causes a Win­nipeg woman to lose $1 mil­lion in a TV con­test (yikes) and an­ger­ing fans from coast to coast.

Maybe Week Two will be eas­ier.

How much?

If a penalty flag hadn’t pre­vented Karen Kuldys from re­ceiv­ing that $1 mil­lion, she would’ve made more this sea­son than 18 play­ers at the CFL min­i­mum salary.

We love Bob Ross

The Day­tona Tor­tu­gas Class A team will host Bob Ross Night this evening in hon­our of the per­pet­u­ally up­beat and mas­sively afro’d PBS paint­ing leg­end. There will be bob­ble­heads, paint­ing lessons, T-shirts with the late artist’s im­age and the Bob Ross Happy Lit­tle 5k race. Bril­liant.

The three most-cre­ative mi­nor-league pro­mo­tions prior to this? Drum roll, please, as we count them down.

3. Aw­ful Night (Al­toona Curve)

The free handout for fans en­ter­ing the park was a plas­tic spork, the PA an­nouncer in­ten­tion­ally man­gled the names of all the play­ers and all mu­sic played was in­ten­tion­ally ter­ri­ble and an­noy­ing. 2. Se­in­feld Night (Brook­lyn Cy­clones)

The park was re­named Van­de­lay In­dus­tries Park, An­drea Do­ria sur­vivors got in free, all ba­bies shown on the video screen were de­scribed as ‘breath­tak­ing’ and there was an Elaine dance con­test. 1. Prostate Cancer Aware­ness Night (Myr­tle Beach Pel­i­cans)

Men en­ter­ing the park re­ceived a foam fin­ger. Dur­ing the sev­enth in­ning stretch, the team’s gen­eral man­ager sang “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” over the PA sys­tem while get­ting a prostate exam.

Mr. One Di­men­sional

Mi­los Raonic was elim­i­nated from Wim­ble­don this week in the quar­ter-fi­nal by Roger Fed­erer. If you’re won­der­ing why Canada’s top player can’t seem to get over the hump against the world’s great play­ers, con­sider this.

So far this sea­son, Raonic has won 91 per cent of his ser­vice games. That’s great. Trou­ble is, he’s lost 84 per cent of his re­turn games. That’s not great. Put an­other way, his game is mostly all about his dev­as­tat­ing serve. By com­par­i­son, Fed­erer has lost only 73 per cent of his re­turn games, No­vak Djokovic and Andy Mur­ray have lost 68 per cent, and Rafael Nadal has lost 67 per cent. It’s al­ways go­ing to be hard to beat the big boys if you can’t break them more of­ten than that.

Where are the easy sets?

Fur­ther proof Raonic is too re­liant on his boom­ing serve? Even when he’s win­ning matches, many of his sets are close be­cause he’s not claim­ing re­turn games. He’s won just four sets all year by a score of 6-1 and zero at 6-0.

You could hear him from here

If you were at John C. Munro air­port on Wed­nes­day and thought, Gee that guy over

there looks a lot like Conor McGre­gor, you were bang on. The colour­ful UFC star flew in and out of Hamil­ton for his Toronto press con­fer­ence to hype his Aug. 29 box­ing match with Floyd May­weather.

Be­have your­self

A day af­ter Tiger-Cat de­fen­sive back Will Hill was sus­pended a game for grab­bing an of­fi­cial — a penalty that was far too light for an of­fence that is un­ac­cept­able in any sport at any level, any­where — his head coach ac­knowl­edged his player had bro­ken the rules.

“He was clearly in the wrong on one is­sue and he can’t lose his tem­per,” Kent Austin said, just hours af­ter say­ing “undis­ci­plined play­ers aren’t go­ing to play for us.”

This, of course, is the same Kent Austin who had to spend a game in the press box last sea­son for los­ing his tem­per and slap­ping an of­fi­cial’s hand and the same Kent Austin who was fined the year be­fore for in­ten­tion­ally bump­ing into Toronto re­ceiver Dave Stala.

But for heaven’s sake, play­ers, con­trol your­selves.


Best line of the week? No con­test. Comes from Pey­ton Man­ning who was host­ing the ESPYs.

“(Amer­ica’s) gym­nas­tics team was so dom­i­nant that Kevin Du­rant told me he wants to play for

them next year.”

That’s a long way

Lots of buzz about Aaron Judge’s per­for­mance in the home run derby at the all-star game this week. The 6-foot-7, 285-pound New York Yan­kee won eas­ily, with his long­est shot go­ing 507 feet.

How does that com­pare to the long­est home run ever?

Hard to know if the num­bers are le­git since it was so long ago and the tech­nol­ogy that mea­sures dis­tance to­day has only been in use since 2006, but Babe Ruth is said to have hit one 575 feet at Navin Field in Detroit in 1921.

The long­est one in a game since the tech­nol­ogy was im­ple­mented came from Gian­carlo Stan­ton, who launched a 504-foot bomb last sea­son at Coors Field in Colorado.


Mi­los Raonic: It’s al­ways go­ing to be hard to be a t t h e big boys if you can’t break­them.

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