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Apparently Hurricane Sandy is no excuse to miss work as employess were told by executive chairman James Dolan that the show at 'The World’s Most Famous Arena' must go on.
GOOD WEEKComing hot on the heels of a certain stripper comedy being released on DVD, the Miami Marlins have replaced the always revealing Ozzie Guillen with a Magic Mike of their own. Mike Redmond is unproven as a skipper at the big-league level, having spent the last two years managing Toronto Blue Jays teams in Class A, but those who played with the former major-league catcher can attest to his wand.
“I had to break a losing streak,” Redmond said, “so I did it by taking batting practice in the cage wearing nothing but spikes and batting gloves.”
GOOD WEEKThe San Francisco closer may lack the “fear the beard” factor of his ninth-inning predecessor on the Giants’ mound, but was equally intimidating to Tigers batters in the World Series. Sergio Romo stopped Detroit from even getting on base let alone scoring a run while he was on the mound, earning three saves in three appearances over the four-game sweep.
But his best work may have been in proving that the name Romo need not be an impediment to carving out a successful career in pro sports.
BAD WEEKThe executive chairman of Madison Square Garden may be in charge of “The World’s Most Famous Arena,” but James Dolan is a long way from being one of the world’s best employers, according to Deadspin. In an e-mail to staff in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Dolan emphasized that the show must go on, particularly with the NBA champion Heat due to visit the Garden Friday night.
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Though he notes that many are dealing with “personal damage and health issues,” should staff be unable to come to work, they will need to “take a personal or vacation day to cover the time off.” Wonder what they’ll be getting for a Christmas bonus?
BAD WEEKMark Clattenburg, the English Premier League referee, is at the centre of a firestorm over his handling of the Manchester United-Chelsea tussle last Sunday, with Chelsea’s Nigerian midfielder Jon Obi Mikel accusing the veteran official of using a racial slur toward him.
Of course, racism in English soccer is nothing new these days, unfortunately, as former England skipper John Terry can well attest, but Clattenburg should be careful. If he’s found guilty, Chelsea might make him captain.
BAD WEEKLike Raffi Torres before him, Tyler Bozak only managed to offend an entire ethnic group on Halloween.
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Deciding that the black eye currently besmirching the NHL wasn’t ugly enough, the Toronto Maple Leafs’ centre went whole hog by covering his mug in blackface as part of his Michael Jackson costume. Maybe he should listen to less Thriller and more Man in the Mirror before he heads out for Halloween next year.