Here on Take 5… we’re going to give you a quick run down on the 5 most interesting sports stories (according to us) of the previous week along with our takes on each story.
Grey Cup predictions! The Montreal Alouettes and the Saskatchewan Roughriders will face off in 98th Grey Cup in Edmonton. Who you got taking home the hardware?
Dallas: I’ll take the Riders. Montreal continuously has problems when they travel out west, a point Ryan shares with me every time we talk Als football. The Riders have a chance to make up for last year and they’re not even going to have to play their best game to do it.
Ryan: I’m taking the Riders, they avenge last years disappointing loss in a big way and beat a much better team in the Alouettes as they once again squeeze the ball to tight in a big game.
Henry: Calvillo looked in fine form against the Argo’s last weekend, he should be able to continue. Even if the Riders can stop the pass, the Als have Cobourne back to pick up any loose slack. I expect the Als to win another close one this weekend.
Singer: Alouettes Win. 35-28.
The circus in Minnesota continues as the Vikings fired head coach Brad Childress this past week. One clown is gone, how long until the other clown steps aside and allows Tavaris Jackson to take over his position at quarterback?
Ryan: By playing out the year Brett is not doing himself, nor the Vikings a favour. Take the pressure off Frazier and end the streak and the madness yourself Brett! No one wants to watch you under perform then see Frazier defend you in the media because of what you did last year.
Henry: I don’t see Favre stepping down any time soon. He’s the last person to realize that his time in the league is done. Frazier, won’t bench him as he will do anything to lock up the Head Coaching gig. If Favre and the Vikings start winning, it will be 1 more reason to hate them.
Singer: Favre is horrible but Jackson is even worse. At least this way teams have to pretend to respect the pass and AP still has a chance.
Dallas: The end of the season. There is no way Favre is going to miss a game the rest of the season. We all know how much this guy loves revenge. He has an opportunity to make Childress look like an idiot and he’s not going to pass that up for anything.
The Cincinnati Red’s Joey Votto became just the third Canadian major leaguer to win an MVP award, joining Larry Walker and Justin Morneau. Will this help to increase production of Canadian talent entering into and being successful in the MLB?
Henry: I have to believe that a big time win like this for a Canadian player will inspire some young players in Canada to become better and know that there is a way they can do it. That path won’t be available to all, but hopefully this will make it easier to see.
Singer: Nope. Baseball is too far down the list for an MVP award to make Canadians care, let alone play. Ask Steve Nash
Dallas: Man, Canada produces some fine baseball players. So long as there are absolutely no follow up questions as to how it will increase Canadian content in the MLB, I will say yes.
Ryan: I think this will inspire the baseball players of Canada but I don’t see how it could grow it at the grass roots level like when the Jays won the World Series. With Votto playing in Cincinnati who in Canada even saw this guy take a swing this year?
After a Tennessee Titans overtime loss to the Washington Redskins, Titans quarterback Vince Young threw this shoulder pads and jersey into the stands in a tantrum. In the dressing room, things between Young and Fisher heated up and Young told Fisher, “I’m not walking out on the team, I’m walking out on you!” Are Young’s days numbered in Tennessee?
Singer: Fisher has done too much for the Titans to side with Vince. It just makes sense for them to choose the guy that is less likely to drive his car over a cliff after being called a really hurtfull name.
Dallas: I love the relationship between Fisher and Young. Young calls in phony suicide attempts, he throws tantrums, heck, I’ll bet he’s even tried smoking behind the team trailer. Parents with teenagers don’t have to deal with nearly as much drama as Fisher does.
Ryan: Zing! Take that Jeff Fisher you big meany! Realistically though Young is done for the year but he will be the starting quarterback for the Titans next year, the change will be Jeff Fisher coaching elsewhere. Not because of Young but because it is time for him to move on.
Henry: Young’s days are numbered in Tennessee. He’s out for the year, he’s not allowed in the Titans facilities or team meetings, and it is going to cost the Titans around 12 mil for him next year. Vikings example from this year notwithstanding, coaches generally win these petty battles.
The MLS Championship game was played in Toronto this past week. The Colorado Rapids won their first MLS title as they downed FC Dallas by a score of 2-1 in extratime. Did you get everything you wanted out of the 2010 MLS season?
Ryan: Never followed MLS until Toronto got a team and I will get everything out of it I will ever need when they win the championship or even get over .500. WHY DO ALL OF TORONTO’S SPORTS TEAMS STINK?
Henry: Yes and no. TV ratings actually decreased 12% this year on ESPN but I learned about Canadian soccer and its involvement in the MLS. Having the Toronto FC and now the Vancouver Whitecaps in the league could do great things for out soccer development.
Singer: The MLS had another successful season of staying off most TV and out of the Highlights. For that, I thank you MLS.
Dallas: And more! Actually, I must confess that I don’t follow the MLS like I used to. When did Colorado get a team?
Should WR Mike Williams, of the Tampa Bay Bucanneers, have been allowed to play this past weekend despite being pulled over for a suspicion of DUI charge?
Henry: For the supposed DUI charge no, for swerving in and out of traffic and getting pulled over, yes. Once in the NFL, players must recognize the responsibility they have to their fans and avoid situations like this. I’m sure its a lot to expect of a 23 yr old who just got paid, but I do.
Singer: I would say that it is unfair to punish without conviction, but Williams already has a troubled history. Really, how long can the NFL wait to act?
Dallas: Unfortunately, I can’t argue that it’s fair to punish somebody if they haven’t been convicted so I agree with the NFL steering clear of this thing for now. The team however, they should have handed out some punishment and who knows, maybe they did.
Ryan: The NFL never rules until the courts do. I’m just sick and tired of these young athletes thinking they shouldn’t have to conform to the laws of society. I wish the NFL would step up their punishments for off-field issues like the did for illegal hits on the field.
Derek Jeter, the long time New York Yankee captain, is a free agent for the first time in his career. Unfortunately for Jeter, he’s coming off his worst statistical season of his career but he doesn’t believe that should affect his value. Jeter is insulted by the Yankee’s 3-year/$45 million contract offer and believes his contributions to the organization are worth closer to $120 million (over 6 years). To make matters worse, negotiations have become very public and very nasty which has created a stalemate between the two sides. Who should budge first, Jeter or the Yankees?
Singer: Who Cares! Pay him 30 Million a year if he wants. He sells jerseys and it’s not like you are gonna run into cap issues. Since when did money matter to the Yankees? If he sucks then buy him out and sign the next big stud that comes along.
Dallas: On a certain level, the Jeter needs the Yankees and the Yankees need Derek Jeter. If I were the Yankees, I would pay Jeter the money he wants on one condition: he agrees to play the outfield or first base.
Ryan: Jeter has a market value around 3-years $21 million but the Yankees graciously offered 3-years/$45 million. Why hasn’t he signed yet? DELUSION IS RUNNING HIGH!
Henry: Jeter is not worth even 10 million in the open market as a player, but that is not how this is being handled. He is viewed as Mr. Yankee, therefore compensate him as such. Make him a partner, give him stock, keep him in your organization as a figurehead, but don’t overpay him!