Happy 28th Birthday Dion Phaneuf! The captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs has certainly had a mercurial career. We first met him at the 2005 World Juniors when Pierre McGuire basically had an orgasm on air while describing his play. NHL Central scouting even had him ranked ahead of Sidney Crosby at one point, but that didn’t really pan out in the NHL. He has had a decent career, but certainly has not lived up to the insane hype that was ascribed to him. Contrary to Chris Montgomery’s belief, he and the Toronto Maple Leafs will not win the cup this year. Happy Anniversary Jackie Robinson! On this day in 1947, Robinson made his Major League debut and broke baseball’s colour barrier. Robinson would have made the Hall of Fame even if he wasn’t black, but the social impact that his career had made him a transcendent superstar. Robinson is one of only two athletes to have his number retired by every time in an entire league (Wayne Gretzky being the other). There is a movie about his life titled 42 set to release on Friday.
Happy Trails Mike Rice! The now former head basketball coach at Rutgers was fired last week after a video of him verbally and physically abusing players surfaced on the internet. Rice was suspended for three games earlier this season after Rutgers officials saw the video, but Rice wasn’t able to keep his job once the public saw his actions. The three-game suspension has since caused the Athletic Director to be fired and some are even calling for the school’s President to resign as well. Rice’s antics were parodied on Saturday Night Live this past weekend, a piece of video I highly recommend.