If you aren’t aware, you should know that the KHL — that’s the Russian version of the NHL — will almost certainly have a team in Beijing when next season arrives. . . . “The New York Jets now have drafted 11 quarterbacks since 2000,” points out Janice Hough, aka the Left Coast Sports Babe. “So I guess 11 wrongs also don’t make a right.” . . . “A photo of likely No. 1 NFL pick Laremy Tunsil in a gas mask and smoking a bong resulted in him dropping to 13th,” writes RJ Currie of SportsDeke.com. “On the bright side, gas mask sales are way up.” . . . Headline at TheKicker.com: “Dolphins: Weird, he didn’t mention gas-mask weed or accepting Ole Miss money in his interviews.” . . .
If you’re a visitor to Kamloops, you should know that the speed limit on the Trans-Canada Highway as you leave the city and head east is whatever you want it to be. . . . The signs say 80, but if you try driving at that speed you will feel like a NASCAR driver with a flat tire. . . . I’m sure you were thrilled to see the Toronto Maple Leafs get rewarded with the No. 1 draft selection for tanking their season the way they did. . . . Those who pay close attention to NHL draft prospects have been drooling over Auston Matthews for a while now. Just wait until they start taking serious looks at Brandon Wheat Kings sophomore forward Nolan Patrick, who is eligible for the 2017 draft. . . . “Instead of losing the lottery, Canucks fans, think of it as the start of tanking for Nolan Patrick,” wrote Torben Rolfsen of The Rolfsen Report on TSN 1040 Vancouver. . . .
“On Thursday,” writes Ian Hamilton of the Regina Leader-Post, “photos appeared online of former NFL first-rounder — the now-unemployed Johnny Manziel — watching the draft on TV at a bar in Columbus, Ohio, before going to a Justin Bieber concert. Oh, how the mighty have fallen — Columbus, that is, for letting those two into town.” . . . “The University of Idaho will become the first team to be demoted from FBS to FCS,” notes William Littlejohn, our South Lake Tahoe, Calif., correspondent. “Idaho received condolences from the Friends of Pluto.” . . . Littlejohn, again: “Sen. Ted Cruz picks Carly Fiorina as his running mate. In a related story, the San Francisco 49ers prepared a mantelpiece for their Super Bowl 51 trophy.” . . . One more from Littlejohn: “Jonathan Nicola, a 6-foot-9 dominant centre for a Windsor, Ont., high school has been found to be 30 years of age. So I guess the only thing left for him is to join Little League.” . . .
With the newspaper industry being in the toilet the way it is, there is a lot of traffic on the one-way street from there to sports franchises. The WHL’s Red Deer Rebels, for example, hired sports editor Greg Meachem away from the Red Deer Advocate a few weeks ago. Dave Stubbs, a prominent and long-time Montreal sports writer, left the Gazette and joined nhl.com. Last week, Ed Tait, a veteran sports columnist with the Winnipeg Free Press, left the newspaper business to write for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ website. . . . This kind of thing has been going on south of the 49th for a while now, so Canada is just playing catch up. . . .
The way that Roger Sloan, who is from Merritt, finished up at the United Leasing and Financing Championship on the web.com Tour on Sunday, he had every reason to be in an ugly mood. He had a one-stroke lead standing on the 17th tee, but hacked it from there to the hole and ended up two back of winner Seamus Power. Afterwards, Sloan tweeted: “Tough finish today after playing great golf on a great course. I’m looking forward to learning from it to be better next time!” He followed that with: “More importantly, congratulations to (Power) for his win this week! Also, thanks to United Leasing for their support of a great event!” . . .
After the Los Angeles Rams selected quarterback Jared Goff with the first pick of the NFL draft, Jimmy Kimmel of ABC-TV welcomed him to the big smoke with: “Do you have a girlfriend? Can we get you a Kardashian or something like that?” . . . You have to love that Brett Orr, a defenceman with the MJHL’s Portage Terriers, wears No. 4. . . .
Jack Finarelli, aka The Sports Curmudgeon, keeps pretty good tabs on ball park fare. Here he is on The Meat Lover’s Dog, available at Cincinnati Reds games: “That would be a bacon-wrapped hot dog along with fried salami and pulled pork and then topped with queso blanco and pickles. In case you are not familiar with queso blanco, it is an unaged cheese made from cow’s milk and is pretty much cottage cheese with much of the whey pressed out of the cheese. This offering sounds like it would be a stress test on your cholesterol medication.” . . . And then there’s the Buffalo Chicken Bloody Mary, courtesy the Minnesota Twins: “This is a Bloody Mary with a Buffalo chicken wing on a skewer inside it along with pieces of cheese and grilled Polish sausage. If you really want to kick it up a notch (/Emeril Lagasse), you can add another skewer with a bacon cheeseburger slider on it. This offering sounds like something created by the folks who sell Pepto Bismol." . . .
“The Toronto Blue Jays problems aren’t something a new bullpen and four or five new hitters couldn’t solve,” notes Cam Hutchinson of the Saskatoon Express. . . . One more from Hutchinson: “How about this? Jamie Campbell and Gregg Zaun do the play-by-play and commentary on Jays games, and Pat Tabler and Buck Martinez go on unemployment.” . . . Hutchinson, again: “A person I wish would go away: Drake.” . . . Hard to argue with any of those points.
(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.)