Who’s your biggest April Fool? Sadly the World of Sport has given us so many choices.
Dr. Mark Recchi? Still tops my list. His false allegations of “embellishment” on the part of the Canadiens organization, and by extension by Max himself were the Absurdity of the Month in the National Headshot League.
Here’s how that non-apology went down, by the way. When I rushed to the Habs’ room following the 7-0 debacle, Pierre McGuire of TSN was outside the Bruins room. I asked him if he thought Recchi would be talking after the game, because he sure had let his former fans in Montreal down with a game of hide-and-seek all gameday.
McGuire said Recchi wanted to talk to him before the Bruins room was opened up. In a case of perfect timing, I grabbed several Habs in their state of disappointment, and then had to pass in front of the Bruins room---still closed to media---to get to the media work room. I decided to hold my position there and rushed to Recchi along with McGuire.
The former Hab and McGuire conferred and then I led the questioning in the scrum. “Did he have anything he wanted to say to the fans in Montreal who were shocked by his remarks?”
Recchi then skated over his tongue for the 2nd time in 2 days, applauding Dr. David Mulder but mentioning no other Canadiens by name and insisting he had to protect his captain. Zdeno Chara I can only hope was embarrassed by such smoke-and-mirrors.
Another April Fool? Todd Bertuzzi, who continues to play despite an elbow-to-the-head incident at the end of March. Colin Campbell and Mike Murphy suffering from memory lapses?
Bill McCreary, who had his final game at the Bell Centre marred by controversy. A non-call on a brutally obvious 4-minute high-sticking penalty. Adding injury to insult, the Thrashers scoring on the resulting odd-man rush. Gill did not join the pack of veterans and young Habs like Price and PK who congratulated McCreary for job well done over almost 30 years.
April Fools could be anyone who expects anything less from Anthony Calvillo in 2011. He’s battled thyroid cancer and won. He’s stepped up his fitness regimen and Brian Robinson of Hi-Trainer tells me he’s blowing away much younger CFL studs training on his machine at Otis and Howard Grant’s gym.
Calvillo let me watch as John Geller put him through drills including running round in circles on the spot to induce dizziness, then hit on short passes. Calvillo struggled like a toddler or a drunk on New Years Day to handle the ball but fighting through it will improve his vestibular capabilily. Translation: when d-line knock him around, he’s better prepared to make the off-balance throw or spin out of the pocket.
Check out the video of Anthony’s workout on the Als’ page at www.cjad.com. Then go tell CFL opponents. If they don’t expect another Hall of Fame type year, AC will make April Fools of them June-November.