For a few moments last night Wikipedia told us that the Oakland Athletics were owned by Justin Verlander which of course they are. The minority owner the real estate expert is Game 5 of anything.


Tomas Hertl has now made the entire NHL insane. The painful debate over whether he showboated for his fourth goal against the New York Rangers Tuesday night reached new heights . . . and depths . . . when Washington coach Adam Oates complained that it was over the top.

“I’m upset” he told the Washington Post. “I was just talking to (Caps general manager) George [McPhee] and he said all the kids do that nowadays which I understand. But would he have done it on his first goal? He hasn’t scored yet tonight and he gets a breakaway is he going to do that on his breakaway? We’ll see. I think it was a little bit of a mood thing which I’m sure they talked about because they didn’t play him after that. I’m glad the coach did that because this league it will bite you if you’re not sharp. Don’t disrespect the league. I’m sure it was a rookie mistake.”

Then Henrik Sedin a Canuck and Sharks head coach Todd McLellan defended Hertl old sports media types excoriated him young ones lionized him and most other players (other than Joe Thornton) kept their opinions to themselves.

And finally there was Vancouver coach John Tortorella who didn’t complain about it at all saying simply he hadn’t seen it. That’s not the way we would have guessed this would play out.