Yes, new Vikings owner-to-be Reggie Fowler didn’t really play in the NFL, didn’t really play in the Canadian League (has anyone ever lied about playing in the CFL?), didn’t really play in the Little League World Series (if he had, would he have lied about his age?) and for some reason, never read his diploma from the University of Wyoming (he has a degree in social work, not business administration as he claimed).
But trust him, Minnesota, Fowler has that $625 million needed to buy the team. He’s good for it.
DOOMED TO REPEAT HISTORY
So who do we blame for this whole NHL mess? Gary Bettman and the hard-line owners who have drawn a bottom line in the sand? The players who expect revenue streams to come pouring out of stones?
Do they share equal blame? Nah, blame it all on the Boston Red Sox.
For the first spring in 86 years, the Stanley Cup will not be awarded. For the first spring in 86 years, the Red Sox are the defending World Series champions.
The NHL didn’t complete the 1918-19 season because of an outbreak of Spanish flu that killed several players. The league never started the 2004-05 season because of an epidemic of stupidity, one apparently with no known cure.
If I’m in baseball, I’m getting pretty worried. Do you remember how the 1919 World Series ended? Think "Black Sox.’’ Keep your eye on that new book by "Shoeless Jose’’ Canseco.
• The All-Star break is coming at the right time for the Suns, who have won more games unspectacularly in the last three weeks than the rest of the season combined. Defense isn’t their forte. Fine. But Phoenix won’t score 130 points in the playoffs. Nobody’s asking for a Pistons or Spurs impression, but back-to-back stops every now and then would be nice.
• So Bobby Hull and Phil Esposito are going to run a new hockey league? Look at their track records: I wouldn’t hire those two guys to run a car wash.
The World Hockey Association concept is a pipe dream, not taken seriously by anyone in NHL management and by most players. Those holding it up as a potential bargaining chip are bluffing.
• A big thank you to Fox Sports for finally taking an ax and blow torch to "I, Max’’ with Max Kellerman. It is by far the worst of that new TV sports genre: Guys screaming over other guys screaming about sports.
• Apparently, if you sign Randy Johnson to a contract extension after he turns 40, he throws in a sense of humor as a bonus. Don’t quit your day job, big guy.