Jack Todd: Go see the best team in Montreal this year, while you still can

Aside from the likelihood that the playoffs will be a suspension, watching Wilfried Nancy’s CF Montréal side is more fun than a bowl of kittens.

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It’s been a summer for CF Montreal.

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The city’s MLS franchise has picked up momentum like a 100-car freight train rolling downhill.

Make it a stealth move. With all the distractions of a Montreal summer, Wilfried Nancy’s charges have slowly but surely picked up steam. Montreal’s 3-2 away win against Houston on Saturday placed them second in the Eastern Conference, one point ahead of New York City (which is playing one game) and five points behind Philadelphia.

As my loyal buddy Zeke Herbowsky pointed out, Nancy mentioned earlier in the season that it would probably take 13 wins to make the playoffs. His club now have those 13 wins with nine games to play and momentum on their side.

What matters to this observer, aside from placement and the likelihood of the playoffs being a suspension, is that watching Nancy’s team is more fun than a bowl of kittens. They’re aggressive, they keep the pressure up, they always want to score.

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They can slack off a little at times, as they did on a long ball that led to a goal from Houston No. 9 Sebastián Ferreira in the 12th minute. Ferreira responded with deft footwork that gave Dynamo FC a 1-0 lead, followed by every pose in the official book of hotdoggery before graciously agreeing to continue the game.

Romell Quioto retrieved that one from the penalty spot and might have converted a second if the referee hadn’t decided that when Quioto advanced to take the kick, the penalty required a long pause with the VAR machine. After enduring a delay roughly equivalent to that of a 21st-century baseball game, the normally dependable Quioto was hitting a five-iron like me.

Of course it didn’t matter. CF Montréal scored in the 68th minute from the meek Alistair Johnston and in the 69th minute from Lassi Lappalainen the winner – and the batter continued.

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The club have five more home dates, starting with the New England Revolution this Saturday and ending with DC United in town on October 1. Good time to get out and see the best team in Montreal.

Yes, yes – the Alouettes: The Alsen showed something in a comeback win over the previously undefeated Blue Bombers in Winnipeg.

They showed they can play with the best given Noel Thorpe’s stable defense, CFL feature and some world-class luck.

For a game.

was it real We will see. The Alouettes have a couple of home games ahead of them and plenty of rest in between so we’ll see if they can continue. Color me skeptical.

The World Juniors, well… the less said the better. The empty seats show how Canadians feel about Hockey Canada.

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may it remain so. The appointment of Andrea Skinner as interim CEO will not change that. She’s been a board member the entire time and to all appearances had no impact on the sickest culture in Canadian sports.

Getting rid of the rot at Hockey Canada is like removing algae from an aquarium. You have to get it all or it will just grow back. That means the entire executive has to go, including Skinner.

Say it’s not like that, Fernando: The news that Fernando Tatis Jr. has tested positive for steroids and will miss half a season couldn’t be sadder. There’s the connection to the Expos through his father, the fact that MLB needs all the young charismatic stars it can get, the Padres charge and then lose a key component.

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But the warning signs were there, including a potential motorcycle accident in the Dominican that saw him sidelined for most of the season. It seems that Tatis has been off the shelf for a while. Maybe the positive test is what he needs.

The young and the restless: Since their US Open final fight last September, there has been no end to the hype surrounding young tennis stars Emma Raducanu and Leylah Fernandez – and no success from either, although Fernandez was playing much better than Raducanu before she was injured.

Fernandez lost in New York but in the long run she will probably have the longer career because she is mentally stronger. That mild-mannered exterior hides an inner drive as steely as any in the game.

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It may not matter. It says here that a third 19-year-old will be the best of them all. China’s Qinwen Zheng, in addition to the size and strength, also has the athleticism to be a star for a long time. Zheng is just beginning to make a name for himself, but given the impact early successes have had on players like Raducanu and Genie Bouchard, that’s not a bad thing.

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Heroes: The good Serena Williams, Wilfried Nancy, Alistair Johnston, Lassi Lappalainen, Simona Halep, Beatriz Haddad Maia, Hubert Hurkacz, Pablo Carreno Busta, Noel Thorpe &&&& last, but not least, Nathan Rourke.

zeros: The bad guys Serena Williams, Scott Smith, Hockey Canada, Soccer Canada, Fernando Tatis Jr., DeShaun Watson, Novak Djokovic, Claude Brochu, David Samson &&&& last but not least Jeffrey Loria.

Now & Forever.

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