Each week, The Reporters put their thumbs out to the good and the bad in the world of sports. This week, they discuss Steve Nash, Robert Griffin III, the Dallas Stars and R.A. Dickey.
Bruce Arthur, National Post: My thumb is up to Steve Nash, who became the fifth player in NBA history to record 10,000 assists this week, joining Magic Johnson, Jason Kidd, John Stockton and Mark Jackson. It's an enormous achievement, it's something that's going to be the final brick in his Hall of Fame career, but most importantly, maybe more than anything, it probably took his mind off the fact, for just a few minutes, that he has to play for the Los Angeles Lakers.
Steve Simmons, Sun Media: My thumb is down to the supposition and the misinformation that surrounds the injury to Robert Griffin III. We all saw what happened last week and we all saw the question to keep him in the game, do you take him out? What bothered me the most was Dr. James Andrews the foremost orthopedic surgeon in the sports world is on the Redskins' sideline and he has written a paper saying I don't believe knee braces and there is Griffin wearing a knee brace. What happened here and how does this happen?
Michael Farber, Sports Illustrated: There have been so many discounts offered by teams that Game On is starting to look like Groupon, but my thumb is up to the Dallas Stars for their way of dealing with the lockout. They are giving kids under the age of 12 free tickets in January and February. Dallas has been a basket case franchise after being one of the good Sunbelt franchises. You need to reconnect with your fan base and that starts with the kids.
Dave Hodge, TSN: Thumbs up to R.A. Dickey, and specifically, to the way he conducted himself at his introductory Toronto press conference. Press conferences are often viewed as tedious necessities, but Dickey appeared to approach his first public appearance as a Toronto Blue Jay as he would a pitching assignment, and to say the least, he's 1-0. He listened carefully to every question, answered it directly, usually with more insight and information than was required, and he simply said all the right things as naturally and as consistently as he throws his knuckleball. He hasn't stepped on the field yet, but already, he can qualify as Toronto's most likeable athlete.