You may have noticed that the Denver Broncos’ offence has had its struggles in recent times. As Dan Wetzel of Yahoo.com noted: “Omaha has gone back to mostly being a city in Nebraska.” . . . “Ontario is initiating supermarket beer sales starting Tuesday,” Ray Ratto of CSNBayArea.com wrote last week. “That ought to make being a Toronto Maple Leafs fan a far more convenient torture.” . . .
Hey, NFL. It’s about those Thursday Night Football uniforms. People are laughing at you, not with you. . . . A mid-week tweet from Janice Hough, aka The Left Coast Sports Babe: “So will Adele's next sad song be about trying to buy tickets to her own concerts?” . . . As regards Christmas Day, Hough notes: “The NBA has a lot of good games scheduled. As to the Lakers-Clippers matchup, well, there has to be some time to do dishes.” . . .
Yes, forward Steven Stamkos, who is playing out his contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning, is going to end up with the Toronto Maple Leafs. These days, he is doing the same dance that Mike Babcock was doing a year ago, and we know where he is today. . . . So let’s stop all the silly speculation, OK? . . . Unfortunately, until Stamkos signs with the Leafs, and that can’t happen until next summer, it’s going to be all Stamkos all the time on Canada’s 10-channel sports networks. . . . Headline at Fark.com: Missouri lawmaker introduces bill to strip college athletes of scholarships if they go on strike from jobs they don’t get paid for. . . . Might that headline also apply to the Canadian Hockey League? . . .
Chris Jones takes over the Saskatchewan Roughriders and a couple of days later he sweeps 19 players out the door. Sheesh, were the Roughriders really that bad? . . . Perhaps the team should issue rebates to its season-ticket holders, like maybe refund one-third the cost of each ducat because about a third of the roster apparently was comprised of impostors. . . . Does the CFL really expect to be taken seriously when a head coach with a year left on his contract moves to another team within days of winning a championship and takes almost his entire staff with him, and there isn’t any compensation going the other way? Really? . . .
If you were watching the New York Jets and Dallas on Saturday night, you saw Cowboys quarterback Matt Cassell try to throw a ball away while under pressure. The pass ended up being intercepted and he was called for intentional grounding. Which pretty much sums up the Cowboys’ season. . . . Mercury Morris was a terrific running back with the 1972 Miami Dolphins, the only team to have run the table in an NFL season. He told TMZ that he isn’t the least bit concerned about the Carolina Panthers threatening to equal that feat. As Morris said: “Do you know the second-biggest canyon in the U.S.? No, because everyone only knows about the Grand Canyon. No one cares about the second to do anything.” . . . “Just in case Nick Saban’s $6.9-million yearly salary from Alabama isn’t enough to, you know, tide him over,” writes Bob Molinaro in the Hampton Roads Virginian-Pilot, “he receives a $125,000 bonus for capturing the SEC title.” . . .
You will be aware that Saban’s Crimson Tide is one of the top NCAA football programs. And yet, as USA Today pointed out, the last time a quarterback from that program won an NFL game was in 1987 when Jeff Rutledge of the New York Giants got two victories. A.J. McCarron, out of Alabama, started for the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday and they beat the host San Francisco 49ers, 24-14. . . . Goodness, remember when Monday Night Football was a big deal? Now we get the Detroit Lions at the New Orleans Saints. Of course, sporting fans can’t get enough of the NFL, despite there never having been more mediocre teams. . . .
Someone from the London Independent asked Sacramento Kings assistant coach Nancy Lieberman for some impressions of being a woman coaching men. Her response: “How long has England had a queen? You had a woman prime minister years ago. This is 2015. It should be a normal thing for you.” . . . If you’re looking for the biggest Grinch this Christmas, in Kamloops it’s big oil. The price of oil is in the tank and the price of gas went up eight cents a litre, to $1.03.9. . . . What? You’re not surprised? . . .
“Reuters reports a man dressed as Santa Claus stole a helicopter in Sao Paulo,” writes RJ Currie of SportsDeke.com. “In a related story, eight reindeer are looking for work.” . . . The New York Daily News has reported that November ended an NFL run of more than six years with at least one arrest per month. Currie reacted: “I’ll say this for Roger Goodell, he really is a man of convictions.” . . . One more from Currie” What would you call Lassie if she was a Saskatchewan Roughriders fan? Melon collie.” . . .
Merry Christmas to all . . . and happy shopping. When you are strolling in the stores, please remember not to come to a dead stop while talking on your phone. . . . While you’re driving, please slow down out there, and don’t be afraid to park at the edge of the lot because the walk won’t hurt you, and it’ll be easier to get out when you’re ready to leave.
(Gregg Drinnan is a former sports editor of the Regina Leader-Post and the late Kamloops Daily News. He is at firstname.lastname@example.org and twitter.com/gdrinnan. Keeping Score appears here on weekends, except when it doesn’t.)