“Why didn’t the NHL have games on American Thanksgiving, even if it was just Canadian teams?” wonders Cam Hutchinson of the Saskatoon Express. “Calgary and Edmonton most certainly could have played a turkey bowl.” . . . FIFA president Sepp Blatter has claimed that during a recent illness he was “between the angels who sing and the devil who stokes the fire.” So, wondered Ian Hamilton of the Regina Leader-Post, “Who took the bribe, the angels or the devil?” . . . We can only assume that the person responsible for the NFL’s popsicle uniforms also came up with the newest CFL logo. . . .
With news that Scott Rintoul’s Vancouver-based nightly sports show has been killed off by whichever of the Vancouver radio stations it was on, one realizes just how incredible it was that Dan Russell had a 30-year run with SportsTalk. . . . “Astronomers discovered what may be a new planet 450 light years from Earth,” writes Brad Dickson of the Omaha World-Herald. “To put that in perspective, it's how far from the mall you'll have to park on Black Friday if you get there after 10 a.m.” . . . Dickson, again: “Omaha streets and sidewalks are covered in ice and salt. The entire city is basically one enormous cocktail.” . . .
If you missed it, Kobe Bryant was 1-for-14 from the floor and finished with four points the other night as his Los Angeles Lakers lost to the Warriors by 34 points. “I could’ve scored 80 tonight. It wouldn’t have made a damn difference,” Bryant noted. To which Dwight Perry of the Seattle Times wrote: “It would’ve been fun watching him take the 280 shots he would’ve needed to do it.” . . . After agent Scott Boras told the Miami Marlins that pitcher Jose Fernandez, who is a client, needs to be placed on an innings limit, Perry pointed out that “Boras somehow neglected to mention imposing a corresponding pay limit, of course.” . . . “Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo is out for the season after breaking his collarbone for the second time in nine weeks,” Perry wrote. “In other words, he has a snap count of two.” . . .
After the New Orleans Saints fired defensive co-ordinator Rob Ryan, he told the NFL Network: “Something had to be done. Right now the defence is ranked 33rd in the league, and there’s only 32 teams. Everything in New Orleans is being blamed on me, including Katrina and I think it’s a little farfetched.” . . . While Philadelphia was getting hammered 45-14 by the host Detroit Lions on Thursday, Eagles receiver Nelson Agholor took a 15-yard penalty for taking of his helmet to chirp. Fox analyst Troy Aikman responded: “I’m not sure why you’d want to show your face on TV today anyway if you’re wearing an Eagles uniform.” . . .
You may have seen Brandon Dubinsky of the Columbus Blue Jackets put the stick to the back of Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby’s neck the other night. Dubinsky drew a one-game suspension in a league that doesn’t know how to protect its stars. . . . Dubinsky is fortunate that the NHL doesn’t have David Branch, the OHL commissioner, as its Minister of Justice. . . . A late Thursday afternoon tweet from Len Kasper, the TV voice of the Chicago Cubs: “Love media ‘narratives.’ Lions: ‘have nothing to play for.’ Cowboys: ‘gotta run table to get in playoffs.’ Both started day 3-7.” . . .
“Both teams meant business for this year’s Grey Cup game and installed strict 11 p.m. curfews to help keep the players focused on the big game,” reports Richmond, B.C., blogger TC Chong. “In related news, Johnny Manziel has told his agent not to reply to any offers from the CFL.” . . . Here’s Janice Hough, aka The Left Coast Sports Babe: “Some now are questioning whether Johnny Manziel will ever quarterback in the NFL again. Not just because of his off-field antics, but because he forgot the Namath rule — you only get to party that hard when you WIN.” . . .
“Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh smashed a buckeye on the grave of Bo Schembechler,” reports Bill Littlejohn, our South Lake Tahoe, Calif.-based correspondent. “He originally had planned to visit Woody Hayes' grave and smash a Clemson linebacker.” . . . Asked about Manziel’s future, Cleveland head coach Mike Pettine said: “This is not a dead end.” Littlejohn added: “Boy, the guys seen in the video with Johnny were, though.” . . .
The Dallas Cowboys released running back Christine Michael and cornerback Corey White when they apparently didn’t wear suits on a trip to Tampa Bay. “The Cowboys feel it’s important to take a strong stand on these types of egregious behavioural issues,” Reggie Hayes of the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel explained. “Hopefully, team leader Greg Hardy will get things under control.” . . . Headline at fark.com: Panthers DE suspended one year for smoking weed; former Panthers DE Greg Hardy too busy suiting up for upcoming game to comment. . . .
Cory (Poop) Johnson, a 300-pound defensive lineman for Kentucky, ran a fumble back 77 yards for a touchdown against Tennessee. As Tom Fornelli of CBSsports.com, put it: “A Pooper Scooper, if you will.” . . . TNT NBA analyst Charles Barkley has, so far, refused to climb on the Golden State Warriors’ bandwagon. “Which is good,” writes Scott Ostler of the San Francisco Chronicle. “Might collapse the whole thing.” . . . Late Friday night, Vancouver comic Torben Rolfsen tweeted: “Just hit 7-Eleven for Black Friday. The crowds have died off.”
(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.)