Tough guys, eh?
Canadians Duncan Keith and Steve Nash fit that billing perfectly.
Keith took a puck to the mouth Sunday that sent seven teeth flying, but he only briefly left the game before returning to assist on the game-tying goal that helped send his Chicago Blackhawks to the Stanley Cup Finals.
“I had seven needles in my mouth. It’s all frozen right now. Just a bunch of needles in my jaw, gums to freeze it up,” Keith mumbled after the game. “Might need some more soon, because it’s starting to wear off.”
Keith said two of the teeth knocked out were fake, “so hopefully I can get some nice teeth now.”
The feisty Nash of the Phoenix Suns looked as if he came out on the short end of a street fight when he started Tuesday’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers. In the fourth quarter of the Suns’ win over the Lakers on Sunday, he collided with Derek Fisher and suffered a broken nose.
After the break, Nash could be seen moving his nose around during the game.
“I was trying to move it while it was still fresh,” he said. “I know that once it sets, it’s harder.”
Nash practiced Monday before leaving to have his beak reset professionally.
In the semifinal round, Nash played in the fourth quarter of the fourth game with his right eye swollen shut after receiving an inadvertent elbow from San Antonio’s Tim Duncan.
Nash joked after his eye injury that his hockey-loving friends make fun of what a soft sport basketball is.
“I think we would have been surprised if he would have gone out of the game,” Nash teammate Grant Hill said. “He’s fine. No Friday the 13th mask. He’ll be ready to go.”
■ COOL SUPER BOWL — NFL owners on Tuesday awarded the 2014 Super Bowl to the new Jets-Giants stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
It is the first time the NFL has picked a known cold-weather site to hold the game outdoors. Unless global warming heats up, it could be the coolest Super Bowl ever.
“The NFL appears set to award the 2014 Super Bowl to Mt. Everest. The first 1,000 fans to freeze to death will get officially licensed caskets painted in their favorite team’s colors,” David Whitley of Fanhouse.com wrote before the final decision.
Whitley noted the average high temperature in early February in the area is 40 degrees, with a low of 24. The game probably will be played Feb. 2. In the past five years, it has been above 45 degrees three times on that date and below freezing once.
■ BIG BEN OUSTED — Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has been booted from a three-day youth football camp at a high school in suburban Pittsburgh, with coach Mike Tomlin taking over.
Tomlin agreed to fill in next month for his quarterback, who was suspended by the NFL after being accused of sexually assaulting a 20-year-old college student in Milledgeville, Ga., in March.
With Roethlisberger out, a cheerleading clinic might be added.
COMPILED BY JEFF WOLF
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL