Small Balls: Wednesday June 11, 2008

La première étoile: This guy. Given the name of this blog, we’ll never have a more apt clip. ‘Nuff said.

Two minutes for … indolence. To us. No Small Balls on Tuesday! Sacré bleu! Honorable mention to Ron Wilson for brandishing a Canadian passport at his indoctrination ceremony with the Leafs. I can get one of those off the street in Lahore in 27 seconds. And do you think the Leafs Nashun really cares that you’re a Yank? Win a few games, and they’ll be singing God Bless America.

Who’s got tickets? You’re going to get a lot of this while Euro is on, but I’m liking Czech v. Portugal at Stade de Genève (it’s on right now; quick! change the channel!). Any time pretty boy Cristiano is on the pitch, you’re guaranteed Grade A foot work and Grade 3 histrionics. Long live the beautiful game.

Fun police: Yeah, the Blue Jays are better this year. But every time we see clips of the tireless grinder Reed Johnson, we’re reminded why we loved the guy when he played for Toronto. No fancy diving crap. Just hunts the ball down and stabs it. Cubs are in T-dot on Saturday for a bit of interleague. Feels sinful not to cheer the guy on.

Extra bases: Poor NBA. The league get its dream match-up for the finals—Lakers vs. Celtics—and then gets smacked with this bombshell from disgraced referee Tim Donaghy, who claims two other hoops officials helped fix the outcome of a 2002 playoff game. … Avs appear ready to roll the dice on Jose Theodore … brilliant bit by Colbert on the Hockey Night in Canada theme, and, ah, “punching beavers in the face.”

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