Each week, The Reporters put their thumbs out to the good and the bad in the world of sports. This week they discuss Roberto Luongo and the Canucks, the Raptors' Jonas Valanciunas, the World Cup in Qatar, and the action of Boston's David Ortiz.
Bruce Arthur, National Post: My thumb is up to Roberto Luongo who is reportedly going to report to training camp with the Vancouver Canucks in the fall - which wasn't always a sure thing and you can hardly blame him. It's been a long and trying emotional journey for Luongo, from the 2010 gold medal final in Vancouver to the 2011 Stanley Cup final where he lost to a guy who two years later was living in a cabin in the woods, to the on-again, off-again, will they trade him, will they not, lose his job to Corey Schneider, be promised that he will be traded and then eventually come back as the goaltender for the Vancouver Canucks. Really, it's good that he's coming back. Maybe he can even be great again, maybe elite. Wouldn't that be fantastic? Because frankly, I've got to be honest, we kind of need a goaltender for Sochi.
Steve Simmons, Sun Media: My thumb is up to Jonas Valanciunas of the Toronto Raptors, the MVP of the NBA's Summer League. Now I know it's not a big deal to be the MVP of the NBA's Summer League - because he played only four games to get the nod - but if you look at who has won this in the past: Damon Lillard, John Wall, Blake Griffin. Some of the best young players in the NBA have won this award, so maybe this is good news for a Toronto Raptors franchise that frankly needs some good news. Normally in the Summer League what you find out is who can't play, in this case maybe the Raptors found out who can.
Cathal Kelly, Toronto Star: My thumb is down to FIFA - talk about something that you could say every week. This past week they confirmed what everybody already knew - that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar cannot be played in the summer and must be moved to the winter. In Qatar on a summer day the temperature reaches as high as 50 degrees celsius. First they worried about the players but now it became clear that a bunch of fans were going to die at this thing so they have moved it to the winter. It is an untenable situation for the world's professional leagues - this will roil world football for a decade to come. Yet the lesson that should be drawn - that we need change at the top - probably goes missed.
Dave Hodge, TSN: My thumb is down to Big Papi, David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox, and I'll let the video of his violent meltdown in Baltimore on Saturday night say the rest. This is bad enough that we shouldn't even laugh, should we? He had a reason to be mad on a horrible strike being called on a high pitch, but you can't react that way and you wonder if Major League Baseball will react to what Ortiz did because that video is being seen everywhere that baseball highlights are being shown.