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Toronto Raptors' Chris Bosh speaks to the media after finishing the NBA season in Toronto, April 15, 2010. (MARK BLINCH/Reuters)
Toronto Raptors' Chris Bosh speaks to the media after finishing the NBA season in Toronto, April 15, 2010. (MARK BLINCH/Reuters)

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Essential reading: Bosh's foot keeps finding mouth Add to ...

Lots of good stuff in essential reading this morning, from receivers in Saskatchewan to Vancouver's Ryan Kessler showing he's not just another six-pack to the Buffalo Bills' rap sensation, but we'll have to stop first in Florida and a visit with Chris Bosh, but remember this: no matter how bad your day looks from here, it's likely going to be better than Brett Sutter's. Here we go…

• It may not be kind to take athlete's words out of context; but Chris Bosh is the gift that keeps on giving! Anyway Chris Bosh started it when he asked Raptors fans for their 'advice' about his future as a free agent via Twitter last summer. So my favourite out-of-context (thought not that much out-of-context) quote from Hayley Mick's interview with Bosh in Miami this week is when he laments: "There's always the perception that we're not human. That athletes aren't human. We're not just these emotionless people that just go out here and we have a bunch of money and just care about basketball, and we just magically appear and are good at what we do. Nah, we put in work for this. We put in work all year, all day...and when you work that hard and it's still just some choice language from people, it's like dang, all I do is just work hard and try to provide for my family." Awww.

• Bosh, however, was not working hard enough on defense when the Celtics Rajon Rondo came down the lane on Bosh's head as the Celtics improved to 2-0 against the Heat.

• A strong argument in favour of athletes using twitter is this tweet by the Celtics forward Paul Pierce. Classic.

What is it about Richie Hall that Eric Tillman doesn't like?

• The Canucks Ryan Kessler: Looking good; playing good as he pots two as Vancouver warms up for Saturday's date with the Leafs against Toronto's junior varsity - I mean the Senators.

• The source of the bad blood in that Blues-Blue Jackets game the other night? A pre-game soccer incident. That smacking sound is Don Cherry hitting himself.

• Canucks will doubtless get some points from Cherry -- and so they should -- for skipping their morning skate to attend Remembrance Day service in Ottawa

• Leafs coach Ron Wilson, apparently not ready to get himself fired by saying the truth, speaks well of the dogs he has to play poker with, er, his roster.

• It seems like a long time ago that I was freezing my tushy off waiting to talk with Sasketchewan receiver Andy Fantuz who was absolutely tearing up defenses as a freshman at Western, but it seems worth it now that he's gone on to tear up the CFL.

• And jeez but there are a lot of jokes waiting to be made about boxer Manny Paquiao teaming with Canadian song writer Dan Hill for a duet of "Sometimes When We Touch," - or at least a really good mixed tape on YouTube.

• Jurgen Klinsman arrives in Toronto to begin the excavation at TFC while the people at the The 24th Minute warn former Canadian youth international Teal Bunbury to be careful what he wishes for (a World Cup appearance) as he does the traitor thing and suits up for the USA in a coming friendly.

• As the US college basketball season begins to roll there is no shortage of Canadian content; good story here about Vancouver's Robert Sacre at Gonzaga, playing against his Dad and a not-so-good-one about Toronto's Devoe Joseph not playing at Minnesota.

• And finally, Buffalo Bills linebacker Aaron Maybin, recently recognized as the NFL's worst player, releases a rap song on his web site. Idiot.

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