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Jerry Brown is a contributing columnist who appears every Sunday in the Tribune. Contact him at

Posted: Sunday, March 13, 2011 1:00 am | Updated: 5:50 pm, Sun Mar 13, 2011.

There's been a lot of head-scratching things said on all sides of the Phoenix Coyotes/city of Glendale/NHL/Goldwater Institute mess during this long and winding road. But the stupidity spilled into the team dressing room this week.

With the city, team management, league and frightened fans all sweating to keep a hockey heartbeat in Arizona, everyone's favorite roster-filler, social networking maven and comic relief Paul Bissonnette said this week that the whole idea of the Coyotes folding and leaving for Winnipeg is quite intriguing.

"It would be exciting to be the team that went back to Canada," ol' BizNasty opined. "C'mon, we'd be treated like gods ... The fans would be the opposite. The media would be different. There's no pressure from the media here, and it only comes from inside the room."

These pearls of wisdom come from the same guy who refers to his habit of Twittering while on the commode as "Twooping."

Coyote fans, already put through the wringer for the last five years, surely appreciate knowing what you really think of them, Biz. You've had your teammates' backs for two years; too bad the local fans don't rate the same.

Hopefully not every Coyote player and staff member is dreaming of his new position as a rock star in The Great White North.

Now to your media comments. As a guy who covered the Coyotes as a beat writer for eight years, I'll be the first to admit this isn't New York or Toronto when it comes to cheap shots and coaching from the press box. And while the whole idea that a professional athlete making millions of dollars needs to have the outside pressure from talk show screamers and hacks like myself for motivation ... hey, whatever works for you.

From your position at the bottom of the depth chart - a roadie, in rock star parlance - and having spent nearly half the season in street clothes, the idea that you fully expect to accompany the Coyotes to their next destination, should that come to pass, is the flawed part of your rant.

Considering Winnipeg is currently the home of the minor league Manitoba Moose, your chances of going there next season are probably better if the Coyotes stay here.

One goal and one fight a month is not much of a resume.

OK Biz, consider your all-important "media pressure" on. I fully expect a hat trick against the Ducks tonight - provided the rash of Phoenix injuries indeed employs you beyond the pregame skate.

No hard feelings, Biz. I just make this twoop up as I go along.

Brutus Brutal

I must admit I'm pleasantly surprised with the reaction from many Ohio State fans to the news that coach/living deity Jim Tressel knew and lied about the NCAA violations that earned Terrell Pryor and others a five-game suspension while the coach will try to tip-toe by with two.

The usual reaction is to circle the wagons, back the BCS delivery boy and ride out the storm. But Ohio State alums and fans are so embarrassed by the conduct of their school, president, athletic director and lying coach that additional sanctions - up to an including the permanent removal of his sweater vest - by the NCAA is on the table.

This is a real black eye for another college football blue blood, and the NCAA will and should levy penalties further than the embarrassing, "Um, how about this?" knee-jerk reaction the school offered up on Tuesday.

Quick Hitters

• Put me down as a "yes" to the idea of batting Stephen Drew fourth this year. The Diamondbacks need a proven bat - and someone who hits better than a buck-ninety-eight and strikes out from the on-deck circle - to make sure someone pitches to Justin Upton every once in awhile.

• Quote of the week goes to Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy. When LeBron James and his superstar pals in Miami were complaining about having every loss scrutinized before finally getting right against the Lakers Thursday, Van Gundy rolled his eyes with the rest of us.

"My suggestion would be if you don't want the scrutiny, you don't hold a championship celebration before you've even practiced together," Van Gundy said. "It's hard to go out yourself and invite that kind of crowd and celebration and attention, and then when things aren't going well, sort of bemoan the fact that you're getting that attention."

Bingo. By the way, I have March 24 in the "When does Pat Riley Finally Name Himself Coach of the Heat" pool.

• Nice of the Sun Devils men's basketball team to save the athletic department a few shekels by losing to an Oregon team they had beaten by 20 points less than a week ago in the first round of the Pac-10 men's basketball tournament.

For a team picked to finish fourth in the Pac-10 preseason media poll with three seniors leading the way, disappointing doesn't begin to cover this season.


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