I'm willing to make my peace with the useless NHL All Star Game. Someone on TV pointed out that the kids love it, and that's a good enough reason to go through the motions every season.
But does anyone else find it obscene that the Most Valuable Player gets a free SUV?
Eric Staal (2 goals and an assist) makes $4.5 million this season. Don't worry, he gets a raise to $5 million next year.
How badly does he need a free vehicle? Do you think he's been rattling around town in a '96 Hyundai with the tail pipe held in place by an old skate lace? Has he been awaiting approval on his loan application so he can upgrade to an '05 Toyota hatchback?
If they insist on giving a truck away after every All Star Game, they should at least donate it to a local charity in the name of the MVP. An ugly trophy is enough for Eric Staal, and his teammates should make him buy the first postgame round.
Photo: Eric Staal of the Carolina Hurricanes, Most Valuable Player in Sunday's NHL All Star Game, collects the keys to his new Dodge Whatchamacallit. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)