It seems that Sunday’s big loser will be the chicken population. . . . The National Chicken Council, which looks after all things chicken in the Excited States, reports that 1.25 billion chicken wings will be consumed during Super Bowl XLIX. . . . Canadians have to be good for a few more, so lets’s call it an even 2 billion.
. . . Hey, that’s a lot of chickens giving it up for the cause. . . . LGIW tells me about 36 wings will be eaten in our household. . . . Makes you wonder which day poultry hate most — Thanksgiving or Super Bowl Sunday. . . .
“Ashley Wagner won her third U.S. figure skating championship. At the age of 23,” writes Janice Hough, aka The Left Coast Sports Babe. “Guess this makes her figure skating’s Jamie Moyer.” . . . Actor James Caan filed for divorce the other day. It was the third time in 10 years that he has done so. With the same wife. Hough noted that even Brett Favre was heard to say: “Dude, make up your mind.” . . . One more from Hough: “The Pro Bowl final score was 32-28. And if you already knew that, you might be just beyond a football fanatic. And if you had a bet on the score, you might just have a gambling problem.” . . .
I won’t even go near the NHL All-Star Game or the Pro Bowl in this space. . . . I am pleased to say that I didn’t watch even one second of either game. . . . I did watch about five minutes of the AHL All-Star Game on Monday night from Utica, N.Y. It was like watching an old-timers game. . . . You don’t suppose the Toronto Maple Leafs would change coaches again, do you? What’s that? Oh, right, it’s the Leafs we’re talking about here. . . . At what point in this NHL season do we start to feel sorry for the Leafs? . . . Yeah, right. . . .
“I saw American Sniper,” tweets Torben Rolfsen, who hosts The Rolfsen Report on TSN 1040 Vancouver. “Luckily, before he saw me.” . . . If you haven’t heard, boxers Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao actually exchanged phone numbers during an NBA game in Miami. As Rolfsen pointed out: “See kids, that’s how we did it before Tinder.” . . . One more from Rolfsen: “I like the Winter X Games, but I’m not sure about the snowmobile jump. That’s verging on monster truck territory. What’s next? Zamboni demolition derby?” . . . C’mon, let’s not be giving those folks any ideas, but maybe that’s something some junior hockey teams should be looking into as intermission entertainment. . . .
“Chelsea Carey lost the Alberta Scotties final to Val Sweeting just days after a thief made off with Carey’s unique stainless-steel slider,” reports RJ Currie of SportsDeke.com. “Talk about a costly steal.” . . . A social note from Currie: “According to several reports, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are getting divorced. And despite what many believe, their union’s state was not what President Obama addressed.” . . . “An asteroid passed within 745,000 miles of Earth on Monday,” reports Dwight Perry of the Seattle Times. “Or in the words of amateur astronomer Bob Uecker, just a bit outside.” . . .
Ray Ratto of CSNBayArea.com has been in Phoenix and has been keeping an eye on ticket prices for Sunday’s big game. Here’s a report: “Ticket prices to the big game are escalating like the deutschmark before the Nazis came to power. It doesn’t matter. It just doesn’t matter. I mean, we’ll still bitch about the NFL and all, but it’s the law of supply and demand. They have all the supply, so they can and are demanding whatever the hell they want. We’re doomed.” . . .
Headine at TheOnion.com: “Lance Armstrong, Barry Bonds, A-Rod spring to Patriots’ defense over deflated footballs.” . . . Alex Rodriguez has been visiting with Barry Bonds, getting hitting tips. As Norman Chad of the Washington Post put it: “That’s like ‘Pretty Boy’ Floyd getting banking advice from John Dillinger.” . . . According to Scott Ostler of the San Francisco Chronicle, Deflategate made its way into the public eye “when Bill Belichick presented Tom Brady the game ball, and he folded it and put it in his wallet.” . . .
Richmond, B.C., blogger TC Chong reports that Forbes magazine has the New England Patriots valued at US$1.64 billion and the Boston Red Sox at $1.5 billion. Chong adds that “Sox owner John Henry is wanting to hire the Patriots’ ballboy to see if that will inflate his team’s worth.” . . . Chong, one more time: “Pro golfer Robert Allenby met Tiger Woods this week at The Waste Management Open in Phoenix, where Allenby said to Tiger, ‘Hahaha, photographer’s camera . . . why didn’t I think of that?’ ” . . .
The NBA’s Golden State Warriors have said they will wear Chinese New Year uniforms that will include a crest of a goat on one sleeve. Noted contributor Bill Littlejohn: “The logo will depict the Year of the Goat. I think they’d better check the Cubs’ history before having anything to do with a goat.” . . . So who had a better Friday — Roger Goodell or Tiger Woods? Yeah, I’d call it a draw, too. . . . A late Friday night tweet from TSN’s James Duthie: “Phoenix/Scottsdale is a zoo tonight. As fans continue to celebrate Coyotes win over Leafs.”
(Gregg Drinnan is a former sports editor of the Regina Leader-Post and the late Kamloops Daily News. He is at gdrinnan.blogspot.ca and twitter.com/gdrinnan. Keeping Score appears here on weekends, except when it doesn’t.)