The Luckiest Guy In The World. Plus, Max Makes More Money, And Trevor Will Soon Be Canonized.

Who’s the luckiest guy on the face of the earth today? It’s easy. It’s a soccer player named Vastic, that’s who.
It’s not even because I’m a soccer fan that I rushed to check the scores to see how Austria did against Poland in this year’s Euro 2008. I don’t know any players’ names in the tournament except Ronaldo, and I’m not even sure if he’s playing. I don’t know what teams are good and what teams are bad.

But I know Vastic now.

It’s because before the game, an Austrian beer company promised a lifetime supply of free beer to any Austrian player who scored a goal in their last two games of the tournament.
And Vastic did just that in his team’s 1-1 draw with Poland.
Vastic’s going to be the only player on the Austrian National team with a beer gut.


The Habs signed Maxim Lapierre the other day to a two-year $1.375 million dollar contract. This is a good signing, but Max might have to learn how to finish his fights instead of just starting them and letting Tom Kostopoulos or Mike Komisarek do the rest.
He reminds me of myself when I was a smallish yet shifty right winger for Orillia’s Byers Bulldozers Bantams who often had big Rick MacNeil step in and clean the clock of someone who wanted to clean my clock.


Vancouver favourite Trevor Linden retired after a 19 year NHL career. Linden’s always been known as a good guy, a constant visitor to hospitals, a fund raiser, and all-round big-hearted fellow, particularly to children with problems.
He’s a legend in Vancouver for his work on and off the ice.

However, he stunk during his two years in Montreal.

He played a total of 107 games there, with 66 points during his injury-filled stint in the mecca. His heart was obviously in Vancouver, where he eventually ended up returning to, and probably where he wanted to be all along. (He also played for the Islanders and Washington but the only thing worth mentioning about this is that he was traded from Vancouver to the Islanders for Todd Bertuzzi and Bryan McCabe, which is indeed interesting, right?)

Trevor Linden will have his sweater retired in Vancouver, and is probably the most popular player to ever play there. He owns the town. He could be mayor if he wanted. By all accounts he’s a gem of a fellow, a man of the people.

But like I said, he stunk with the Habs and maybe someday I’ll forgive him for this.

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