Quick bag of sports stuff

Lots of sports stuff going on. Here are some quick hits on some of them.

Kovalchuk traded to the Devils [picapp align=”right” wrap=”true” link=”term=ilya+kovalchuk&iid=7815676″ src=”b/d/a/f/Toronto_Maple_Leafs_17cd.jpg?adImageId=9962893&imageId=7815676″ width=”234″ height=”339″ /]

Ilya  Kovalchuk was traded to the New Jersey Devils for Johnny Oduya, rookie Niclas Bergfors, junior prospect Patrice Cormier and a 2010 first-round draft pick. The Devils also get defenceman Anssi Samlema, and the two teams swap second round draft picks.

Not a good deal for the Atlanta Thrashers. Know how I can tell? My wife had never heard of any of the players heading to Atlanta. She follows hockey enough to probably know half the players in the league. So if you’re trading one of the top three goal natural goal scorers in the league, you should get something back that other people have heard of.

So the Thrashers didn’t get any immediate help. The draft pick will be in the late 20s. And by swapping second round picks, the Devils will draft higher in the second round.

Plus Cormier is the kid who is suspended in the minors for that wicked elbow last month. It took Steve Downie a few years to recover from being known as a dirty player (to the point that this season is his first one that is memorable for something other than his suspensions).

After screwing up this trade and the Marian Hossa one a few years back, Atlanta general manager Don Waddell needs someone else to handle big deals for the team.

Sports Illustrated cover too sexual?

So U.S. downhill skier Lindsey Vonn has posed for the cover of Sports Illustrated in their Olympic preview.

It’s a nice picture. Obviously posed, but it appears as if she’s skiing.

Now some are suggesting that it may be a sexualized picture. They’re not directly coming out and saying it. But they’re suggesting it (read this Vancouver Sun story for comments about it).

But there’s nothing wrong with the photo. Is it really any different than a picture of Michael Phelps in his swim trunks with eight gold medals around his neck?

She’s an athlete, posing for a photo for a sport doing what she would do if she was actually participating in said sport. Nothing sexual about it.

Who will light the Olympic torch? [picapp align=”right” wrap=”true” link=”term=nancy+greene&iid=4822205″ src=”f/5/d/0/Ski_Champions_8da6.jpg?adImageId=9962926&imageId=4822205″ width=”234″ height=”313″ /]

No one has come out and said who will be lighting the Olympic torch. There’s been some suggestions. Some say Trevor Linden, but that is only a popular choice in the Vancouver area.

Others think Bobby Orr or Wayne Gretzky. But they’ve only played in one Olympics combined, and never won the gold as a player.

Donovan Bailey has also been suggested, but this is the winter Olympics, so they should stick to a winter sport. David Suzuki is the #1 choice at this online poll, but I think it should be an athlete, or have a link to it.

Betty Fox is a popular choice. I could see her being the choice, simply because of the fact her son is a true sport hero.

Other suggestions include Kerrin Lee-Gartner and Joe Sakic (probably the best hockey choice). I think Elizabeth Manley should be considered.

The Olympic committee won’t announce the decision until the person actually goes up to light it.

I have a suggestion. [picapp align=”right” wrap=”true” link=”term=Barbara+Ann+Scott&iid=5485929″ src=”e/5/c/6/Barbara_Ann_Scott_ec11.jpg?adImageId=9962941&imageId=5485929″ width=”234″ height=”308″ /]

Why not have a duo light the flame?

Either Nancy Greene and Barbara Ann Scott would be a good choice.

Greene won a gold and silver medals at the 1968 Olympics. She also won six Canadian ski championships and the U.S. championship three times. Since retiring, she spent much time working at advancing the sport.

Scott won the gold medal at the 1948 Olympics, and won the North American Figure Skating Championship from 1945 to 1948. Since the Olympics were cancelled in 1940 and ’44 because of the Second World War, and Canada only won three gold medals combined in the first four winter Olympics, it’s quite possible Scott is the oldest surviving Canadian gold medallist.  

So why not have both of them light it? They’ve both done so much for amateur Olympics, both are former gold medallists, and both are deserving.

Hopefully, the committee makes a better decision than in 1988, when a 12-year-old schoolgirl was chosen to light the flame.

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