The only trade deadline in Major League Baseball that really matters came and went today.
Sure there are other MLB trade deadlines as the season goes on (I think there are 18 more!), but today's deadline is the only one in which trades can be made without having to put players through waivers.
For baseball fans, it's as close as it gets to Canada's unofficial national holiday, the NHL trade deadline.
Going into today's events, I paid more attention to the deadline than in previous years, mostly because this year big name players were likely to be (and were) dealt:
Yesterday the Tornoto Argonauts managed to find a taker for controversial wide receiver Arland Bruce III. They shipped Bruce to their provincial rival Hamilton Tiger Cats for a couple of players and draft picks.
My question to Hamilton is "why on earth do you want this dude?"
Yes, he's a great talent, but for a team loaded with young, impressionable and inexperienced players, do you really want to bring in a guy who somehow manages to put an "I" in "team"?
Apparently they do.
In an interview yesterday, Hamilton qb Quinton Porter spoke about the Ti-Cats and how he and his teammates all have a blue-collar work ethic and subscribe to the "one for all and all for one" mantra. He said there are "no stars on the team" and that if Bruce doesn't fit in, he'd better find a way to.
Conversely, when Bruce was asked if he was going to change at all, now that he's heading to Hamilton for a fresh start he said, "Ya, I'm changing my number."
Yesterday it was announced that the longest running soap opera, next to The Guiding Light, has come to an end.
39-year-old sure-fire NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre announced that he will not be joining the Minnesota Vikings and will remain retired.
Favre said that as he approaches 40, he doesn't think he has enough left in the tank to get through a full season.
The key words there? "FULL season."
Which leads us to an interesting little nugget of information that was reported on the NFL Network yesterday.
NFL Total Access host Rich Eisen was doing a final chat with reporter Scott Hanson, who was stationed outside the Favre 'bunker' in Mississippi, when Hanson dropped some info that left Eisen stunned.
Hanson reported that Favre had just told the NFL Network's Steve Mariucci (with whom Favre is very close) that despite remaining retired, he will "keep throwing, and keep working out."
Back in the studio, Eisen was stunned. Just when he (and the rest of us) thought that this whole Favre soap opera was finally, painfully, coming to a close...ole #4, ever so slightly, left the door open for a return.
In Eisen's words: "Why? WHY?"
Why would Favre keep throwing and working out if he planned to stay retired 4-ever?
Heck, Vinny Testeverde retired and unretired 15 times...so why not Favre? Can't you just see him announcing he's fit and ready to play about half way through this season?
My feeling is that we haven't seen the last of Brett Favre.
Maybe he'll finish his career where is ALLLLL began. Where he's known and loved. With the team we all associate him with:The Atlanta Falcons.