Does anybody believe the mess in Hamilton surrounding construction of a stadium for the Pan-Am Games won't result in the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Toronto Argonauts ending up with a shared football facility?
As far back as February, before B.C. Lions and Argonauts owner David Braley was named to the senate, the Hamilton Spectator's civic affairs columnist Andrew Dreschel said what many in the city already believed: that Braley, Hamilton businessman, benefactor and one of 12 directors of the Pan-Am Games, was working behind the scenes to scuttle the city mandarins' preferred site in the city's West Harbour.
Braley denied this, but with Ti-Cats owner Bob Young questioning the viability of the site for his team and now expressing at least mild public interest in a shared stadium, expect this to become a serious option in the next three weeks.
The Argos are no longer going to be allowed to play at the Rogers Centre rent-free, and this is pretty much last call for publicly-funded stadiums in this area.
The facilities - or "legacy" - built from government largesse are the only reason anybody wants this nuisance, and Braley wouldn't be a good businessman if he didn't leverage this to his benefit.
I hear some chits being called in, don't you?
Another fine Messi
Barca superstar Lionel Messi is expected to play for Argentina on Monday after leaving practice Friday with a right knee injury sustained in a collision with Javier Mascherano. Messi practised Saturday as his team prepares to face Canada in an international friendly … For a country that owes its birth in the World Cup to a hand ball and has now lost Lassana Diarra after he was diagnosed with a genetic intestinal disorder the French are being, well, unusually French. In preparation for South Africa les Blues have been glacier hiking, learning biathlon - shooting included - and dune buggy racing in the Alps at Tignes. Predictably, defender William Gallas, who is recovering from a calf injury, rolled his buggy on Sunday. According to a Reuters photographer, he was uninjured … German newspapers are taking sides as Miroslav Klose, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Philipp Lahm are potential replacements for the injured Michael Ballack as German captain. An announcement is expected this week … Yet another exhibit for why quoting athletes is a waste of time: Wayne Rooney's choices to be England's toughest competition: "'Spain, Brazil, Italy, Germany, Argentina - there are a lot of teams."
Francis strong in return
North Delta, B.C.'s Jeff Francis, who missed all of 2009 after arthroscopic surgery, pitched 6 1/3 scoreless innings for the Colorado Rockies on Saturday in his second start of the season and has an earned-run average of 0.68 going into Friday's expected start against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The last pitcher with at least 10 previous career starts to have an ERA that low in his first two starts after missing the previous season was Tim Wakefield, who had a 0.63 ERA in a similar situation for the 1995 Boston Red Sox.
As the Bosh turns
Boshworld: Weekly news about Chris Bosh, the Toronto Raptors' want-away captain and social-media maven. After ESPN.com reported he'd given Toronto a list of five acceptable sign-and-trade teams, Bosh tweeted: "saw that i supposedly had a top 5 yesterday. Here's something more accurate" and linked to a site where his agent Henry Thomas said: "I haven't closed the door on anything. I haven't given (Raptors GM) Bryan Colangelo any lists. There is no list," and Bosh was "not committed to a sign-and-trade deal."
I calleth B.S. on that statement. Let's just go out on a limb and say Bosh wants to be with either the Chicago Bulls or Los Angeles Lakers - the former if LeBron James ends up there as a free-agent, the latter if James go elsewhere. Bosh, Dwyane Wade and James are all under the umbrella of Creative Artists Agency and if ownership tried to hold an entire sport hostage like this we'd call it collusion.
The least Thomas and his cohorts can do is try to make the whole procedure a little less prurient because a lot of people right now are hoping none of these three ever win a thing.