Each week, The Reporters put their thumbs out to the good and the bad in the world of sports. This week they discuss Olympic hockey jerseys, Canadian soccer coach Jon Herdman, soccer phenom Jordan Spieth and Denver Broncos LB Danny Trevathan.
Bruce Arthur, National Post: My thumb is down to the leaked version of team Canada's hockey jersey for the Sochi Olympics, If they are the jerseys, which since Getty Images pulled the picture of Jonathan Toews looking dubiously at the camera after a brief kerfuffle, they may be. Ok, so it's just a jersey and it's not as bad as Buffalo's new third jersey - which looks like it has duct tape on the sleeve - and it might not be final, but the white band on just one arm, the dull corporate font, the fake laces, C'mon. Canada's Olympic hockey jersey should evoke our hockey heritage; they should evoke the excitement and hopes and dreams of a nation, in red and white. It should not, under any circumstances, look like a Petro-Canada station.
Dave Naylor, TSN: My thumb is up to the Canadian Soccer Association for extending the contract of Women's National team coach John Herdman through the 2020 Olympics. The Canadian story in international soccer has included more than its fair share of frustration, but under Herdman, the women's program has soared to new heights, capped of course by a bronze medal at last summer's Olympics. When whispers began recently that Herdman might return home to coach Team England, it seemed he might be too good to be true. Nice to see that's not the case.
Michael Farber, Sports Illustrated: My thumb is up to the next rival to Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth. While two-time major champion Rory Mcilroy undergoes his existential and equipment crisis, the 20-year-old Spieth has emerged as the latest prodigy. At the urging of Phil Micklelson and others, Fred Couples made Spieth a captain's pick for the Presidents Cup. Last year, Spieth couldn't get past the second round of Q-School. This year he beat Zach Johnson in a playoff at the John Deere Classic and had seven other top 10 finishes. With Saskatchewan's Graham Delaet on the international team and Spieth on Team USA, the October event will be about more than boring old tales of Tiger.
Dave Hodge, TSN: My thumb is down to Denver Broncos' linebacker Danny Trevathan, and though I will try, there are no words that can add much to the pictures of his interception return for a touch…back. A touch…down is what he thought he had after intercepting Joe Flacco's pass and returning it to the end…one-yard line. Yes, a touchdown requires the player and the ball to cross the goal-line, and Trevathan forgot to take the ball that far. It travelled, on its own, far enough to record a touch…back. Al Michaels said, "You would swear that everybody would learn by now". Yes you would and Denver fans did....swear, even though the Broncos were ahead by 25 points, when Danny Trevathan apparently decided that a 25 point lead was big enough.