*An annotated list of the biggest stories in sports for this day — Monday, October 22, 2012…
- Will they, or won’t they? Until they do something besides bicker back-and-forth or throw dog treats at each other, we’ll never know. TSN reported today that NHL Lockout talks are on hold until further notice, which is like being in line at a deli or in queue with a phone operator.
- Bill Daly: “I’m not sure there is any reason to meet if there is nothing new to say… Our position was communicated to the union pretty clearly last Tuesday and then again on Thursday… If they have a desire to meet with regard to the proposal we have on the table, they know how to reach us.”
- New Jersey Devils defenceman Anton Volchenkov broke his foot in the KHL. He blocks a lot of shots.
- Justin Schultz — he of the Fabian Brunnstrom-like NHL recruitment — was named the AHL’s Player of the Week, after a solid seven-day outing with Edmonton’s affiliate, the Oklahoma City Barons.
- “With his two-way dominance, Justin Schultz is the Drew Doughty of the AHL.” (Edmonton Journal)
The Seventh Inning Stretch
- Don’t call it a comeback… but, it was. The San Francisco Giants are heading back to the World Series for the second time in three years, stopping the St. Louis Cardinals from heading back to the World Series for the second time in two years. Man, that National League sucks…
- Meanwhile, the City of Chicago got revenge on the City of Detroit — albeit in a different sport — with a 13-7 win on Monday Night Football. Did anybody not see this coming?
- Also, the Los Angeles Times reports that Detroit was the “key dispute” in Monday night’s third Presidential debate.
The Footy Show
- Manchester United’s Rio Ferdinand is setting up a Federation of black players, which aims to fight racism.
- The Daily Mail: “Ferdinand, who refused to wear a Kick It Out t-shirt before Manchester United’s clash against Stoke on Saturday, has already joined other high-profile black players in overseeing the first draft of a constitution.”
- The International Business Times tried to explain Chelsea’s ascendancy to the top of the English Premiership:
- “22 points after eight games matches the points tally that Manchester City had last season. They have played excellent attacking football all season, especially away from home at Tottenham Spurs and Arsenal.”
- So, Canadian soccer sucks. An 8-1 thumping at the hands of the lowly Hondurians (?) only a week ago was embarrassing, humiliating, and an all-around disgusting display. But, the Vancouver Whitecaps became the first-ever Canadian team to make the MLS playoffs. (*It’s great for Vancouver, but it’s still shameful that no Canucks had accomplished that yet.)
- Globe and Mail: “Vancouver is the second youngest of Canada’s three MLS clubs. Toronto FC has yet to make the playoffs in six MLS seasons while the Montreal Impact, completing its expansion season, will have to wait at least one more year… The postseason berth came in Vancouver’s second season after first-year coach Martin Rennie inherited a team that finished last overall.”