Outside the Western gates
By Jordan Bell
Below is what happened in the world of professional sports last week:
The American CY Young race is boiling down to two men: Chicago White Sox pitcher Esteban Loaiza and the Blue Jays Roy "Doc" Halladay. Halladay helped his cause when he pitched a five-hit complete game against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on Thursday night of last week and a seven strikeout performance in a 6-0 win over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday. The victory tied a Blue Jays pitching wins record, held by Jack Morris and Roger Clemens. Note to award voters: How can you in good conscious give it to Esteban Loaiza? Come on now.
The Hamilton Tiger Cats finally won a game. After going 0-12, the Ticats defeated the Saskatchewan Roughriders 27-24 on Friday night in Hamilton. Now, back to losing. The euphoria was short lived, however. In the media-titled "Bankruptcy Bowl," the Toronto Argonauts defeated the Ticats 24-14 on Tuesday at SkyDome.
Baltimore Ravens running back Jamal Lewis broke the NFL single game rushing record with 295 yards against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.
Montreal Expos outfielder Vladimir Guerrero hit for the cycle in a 7-3 victory over the New York Mets on Sunday. However, does it really count if you do it against the Mets?
"Golden Boy" Oscar De La Hoya lost in a unanimous decision to "Sugar" Shane Mosley on Saturday night. Not only did De La Hoya lose the fight, he also lost the rights to his nickname - he's now referred to as the "Silver Bitch."
Later in the week it was leaked the Ticats had agreed to a deal with a new owner - the owner's name, however, wasn't released. As I look into my crystal ball, I see this unknown person lying unconscious at the bottom of a cliff. Go figure.
The Toronto Raptors signed free-agent centre Ken Johnson, a 6'10" graduate of Ohio State, who has played in Europe and in the Continental Basketball Association. It could be worse; it could be Michael "Yogi" Stewart.
In other Toronto Blue Jays news, centre fielder Vernon Wells broke the 200 hit barrier, joining Shannon Stewart, Paul Molitor, John Olerud and Tony Fernandez as the only Jays to reach the hallowed plateau.
The Detroit Tigers became just the fifth team since 1900 to lose 113 games and the first American League team to achieve the dubious milestone since the 1916 Philadelphia Athletics. The Tigers will break the losses record if they lose seven of their last 12 games.
... and in ground-breaking news, Portland Trailblazers power forward Rasheed Wallace was hit by a bus on the Golden Gate Bridge. The force sent Wallace flying over the bridge and to his impending doom. Actually this didn't happen, but we can dream can't we?