Each week, The Reporters put their thumbs out to the good and the bad in the world of sports. This week they discuss US forward Abby Wambach, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Alumni Stadium in Guelph, Miami Heat fans, and Adam 'Pacman' Jones at the NFL's Rookie Symposium.
Cathal Kelly, Toronto Star: My thumb is up to US forward Abby Wambach. International soccer's most famous out-loud counter found something else to count about his week, becoming the highest scorer in international soccer history. Let's put this into perspective: Pele scored 95 goals in his international career, Diego Maradona scored 34. Wambach has 160. The thing we have to remember about this player is she's a world champion, an Olympic champion, and now the career leader in goals; maybe one of the greatest players of all time. But let's also recall that Canada's Christine Sinclair, three years younger, is sitting at 145 career goals.
Gary Lawless, Winnipeg Free Press: My thumb is up to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and the University of Guelph. The Ticats played their first game at Alumni Stadium in Guelph this week. Some will tell you it is cramped, it's also intimate and quaint. It's the CFL at its very best. The Tiger-Cats are making the best out of a bad situation; the University of Guelph getting $500,000 for their trouble and national exposure at least 10 times this year. The story will be fantastic if the Tiger-Cats get to host a playoff game and it's played at tiny Alumni Stadium in Guelph with only 13,000 tickets; it will be the hottest ticket in Canada that weekend.
Michael Farber, Sports Illustrated: My thumb is down to the fans of the Miami Heat, who streamed out of the arena in South Florida late in Game 6. What a mistake. You had two choices: watch the San Antonio Spurs win a championship; a deserving team, or watch your own team pull off one of the great comebacks of all time, which is what they did in overtime. There are two rules in sports: You can never have enough pitching and you never leave a playoff game early.
Dave Naylor, TSN Radio 1050: My thumb is down to the NFL Players Association for inviting Adam 'Pacman' Jones to speak at this weekend's Rookie Symposium about life away from football, even though he's recently been charged with assaulting a woman in a bar. Bringing former bad boys to the Symposium sounds like a great idea as long as they are truly ‘former'. Now while Jones maintains his innocence in this incident, his presence sends an unsettling message to the incoming class of rookies, that it's possible to demonstrate poor behavior and terrible judgment throughout your NFL career, and still have an NFL career.