What is Fringe Friday? Something easy and relaxing to read over as we get ready for the weekend. No deep rooted issues to resolve, no fancy facts to digest, no Phil Jackson triangle to try to explain, just a quick look at some sports stories that may amuse and entertain.
Which team do you think will be the Maple Leafs greatest rival over the next few years?
— frediSportsTalk (@frediscores) January 23, 2017
Seems that almost half of you still believe the hated Habs are the #1 rivalry. I wonder if that speaks to the age of the voters or just how overwhelming the differences between our two cities are. I still believe there is something incredibly special about a Saturday night tilt between the Montreal Canadians and the Toronto Maple Leafs, but to be honest, at the moment I look forward to facing the Ottawa Senators more. Why? Simple, I have more friends that are Ottawa fans than any other team so those games tend to be a lot of fun when we get together. Regardless of which rivalry is your choice, add in the Boston Bruins to this mix and the Atlantic division games will be so much fun to follow over the next few years.
Fountain of Youth
For my wrestling fans this weekend we have the Royal Rumble and with contestants like Goldberg, Lesnar and Undertaker, it seems like we travelled back in time a couple of decades. Well, it seems that wrestling athletes aren’t the only ones that have found the fountain of youth as those down under at the Australian Open have certainly drank the water. The Williams sisters are meeting in the final. The first time they played against each other in a grand slam final was back in 2001. That’s right… 16 years ago! 35 year-old Serena leads the head-to-head match-up over 36 year-old Venus and should go on to win her 23rd grand slam title. But you never know.
The men have taken a stranger course themselves. I am as disappointed as every other Canadian that local hero Milos Raonic was not able to make it to the finals, but how can you stay upset knowing we may witness yet another Federer vs. Nadal final? Am I the only one who thought neither of these legends would ever make a final again, let alone face each other? I am so happy to be wrong.
I know the Raptors have been in a funk recently, but did you ever get the impression that sometimes an opposing player may have an ulterior motive? Don’t get me wrong, if there is a model of true professionalism in the NBA, Marc Gasol is the embodiment of it. Buuuuuuut didn’t you get the slightest hint in his 42 point, 7 rebound performance versus the Raptors this week that maybe, just maybe he was auditioning for the Dinos? I mean he scored at will in and around the basket, was 9/10 at the free throw line and even shot 50% from the 3-point line. Is there anything he can’t do? Wouldn’t he look good in a Raptor uniform? I recall a certain DeMarcus Cousins making a similar audition earlier this season.
Move over Huskies, there is a new pack in town
With the success of both the Women’s and Men’s Rugby 7s teams in 2015 Pan Am games in Toronto, there is a new team now that Toronto can call its own. They are playing in the Rugby Football League which as far as I can tell is mostly situated in England but now also has a Canadian team. The Toronto Wolfpack will start play in League One as they look towards reaching the Super League where the top teams play. The Wolfpack will play out of Lamport Stadium and even though they lost their first game 26-20, they played a solid game coming within a try of tying it up. This team certainly deserves a closer look and speaking of closer looks, that logo rocks doesn’t it? Need to get me some of that swag!
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