This week’s edition of Fringe Friday is about remaining fresh, not selling out your mates, celebrating youth and panicking in the streets of Toronto. So without further ado…
A Refreshing Brow
With their poor play as of late, the Raptors have become a little stale and somewhat difficult to watch. You know what else has become stale? The nickname for New Orleans Pelican, Anthony Davis. Don’t get me wrong, he is a phenomenal player that will only get better and I was fortunate enough to see him versus the Raptors this past week. But Unibrow? That nickname is soooo 2012. So while watching him I came up with a new nickname and not that he’ll ever need it, but potentially another source of revenue. I suggest that Davis bleach his unibrow blond and we start calling him the Golden Arches. That could be a very lucrative McDonald’s sponsorship right there.
I’m loving it!
Rajon Rondo used Instagram to take a shot at Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade pic.twitter.com/mG04dPwLUT
— SB Nation (@SBNation) January 27, 2017
If you follow the NBA you realize that there have been some issues in the Windy City. The Bulls looked like they were about to implode recently when superstars Dwayne Wade and Jimmy Butler spoke to the media. They let it be known that the other players on the team don’t try hard enough. That they don’t care about winning as much as they do. Those comments didn’t sit too well with Rajon Rondo, the disgruntled point guard who has been finding time riding the bench as of late. When Rondo was with the Celtics he felt that his previous leaders would have kept any issues like this internally. That players such as Kevin Garnett and Paul Pearce would work harder to be leaders rather than publicly lay blame on their teammates. I don’t like Rondo very much but I absolutely agree 100% with what he said. But Rondo… buddy… why did you say all this in such a public forum like Instagram? Doesn’t it completely undermine your entire message?!?
And that my dear Rondo… is no bull!
— sportsposters (@sportsposters) December 11, 2016
Despite being on a bit of mini-slump, losing their last 3 games, there is good news in Leaf land. Mitch Marner was just announced as January’s Rookie of the Month and that helped set an NHL record. For the first time in history, a team has had 3 different players (William Nylander and Auston Matthews are the other two) win Rookie of the Month. Considering there are still a few more months left in the schedule, could Nikita Zaitsev, Connor Brown or Zack Hyman join the ranks and make it 4 different rookies? You never know.
Speaking of the rookies, the one good thing that came out of that dreadful 6-3 loss versus Dallas was seeing Matthews and Marner playing together. Gives you that Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane vibe didn’t it? What would be cool though (hellooooo Mr. Babcock, I’m talking to you!) would be if we could see Nylander join the duo and see what all three rookies playing on the same line would look like. You don’t even have to think hard for a line name either as MNM just rolls off the tongue. Move over Bon Jovi, they might just have to lip sync ‘Lose Yourself’ instead.
Panic at BMO field
— Kurtis Larson (@KurtLarSUN) January 25, 2017
In should have been a very quiet and simple offseason for the MLS Cup Finalists Toronto FC, but getting a bit of scare neither quiet nor simple. Thankfully Toronto fans are a patient lot and not known for getting into panic attacks for every rumour that com— wait a second, TFC fans are a very passionate group and therefore panic attacks are all too common. Seems that the Chinese Super League is interested in our very own Atomic Ant. The League has thrown around a ton of money so far considering they signed Carlos Teves who is well past his prime for $36M a year. He has now officially become the highest paid soccer player in the world. So it makes you wonder how much they would offer a player who is smack dab in the prime of his playing career doesn’t it? Thankfully, not only is Sebastian Giovinco happy in Toronto, the city where his child was born, but the Super League would have to approach the team first to see if they can arrange a transfer. TFC have said that no one has approached them at all about Seba (panic over). Well, at least not yet (restart panic).
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