Neymar dives. But what’s new? Football players have always tried to find the line and cross it. To place the blame over the antics of the most egregious violators on the whole sport is just a bit unfair. As unfair as Neymar throwing himself to the ground, looking for attention.Read More
So the penetrating question of the 2018 World Cup of Soccer— better known as Putin’s Festival of Bribery: Why do the large, powerful nations have short national anthems while the smaller countries have ones that go on forever? God Save The Queen (England) is over faster than you can save Bobby Charlton. But Iceland and Peru seem more like a six-part Netflix series than an anthem.Read More
As far as Phil Mickelson is concerned the GA in USGA probably stands for “god awful”. In his putting protest against course conditions in Round Three of this year’s Mens U.S. Open (run by the U.S. Golf Association) Mickelson pitted his sterling reputation against the prestige of the USGA.Read More
Watching the super horse Justify cruise to the Triple Crown this past weekend by winning the Belmont Stakes in New York City was a sublime moment for lovers of sports. The three-year-old became just the 13th horse in the modern history of American thoroughbred racing to win the three jewels of racing’s Triple Crown.Read More
The World Is Not Enough
There was a time when calling Paul Pogba one of the best players in the world was not controversial. How much changes in two years. In the midst of an uncertain future with Manchester United, Pogba leads France into the World Cup with the most talented squad in the world. Will taking home the biggest prize in the sport be enough to stave off the doubters?Read More
When did sports leagues decide the the best way to decide their biggest games was to throw away the rule book and procedures at the most stressful moments of the championship? To ignore the standards that got the teams to the Finals?Read More
This week the NFL re-cast its rules about kneeling in protest during the Star Spangled Banner. As is their wont, the NFL owners made things worse, not better, with their compromise. Stated simply, players and coaches must stand for the playing of the anthem before NFL games. However, those with objections are told they can hide out in the dressing room until game time.
It’s been a big week for gambling. The expansion Vegas Golden Knights— home team of the LV sports books— continued hitting blackjack on their way to the Stanley Cup Final.
And, in a Supreme Court ruling, the ban on sports wagering outside Nevada was struck down.Read More
Joey Votto opened his mouth and said some things he regrets. His reaction to the blowback could teach other athletes a thing or two about public relations.Read More
Teams don’t quit on their coach. They quit on each other. The biggest fraud among the reasons why Dwane Casey was fired as head coach of the Toronto Raptors has to be that his team quit on him.Read More
Because no one gets to break up with Toronto, the current humiliation of the Raptors by LeBron James is being seen as all about Hogtown. Sad. But when you’re the centre of your own universe, you think you should be able to buy, intimidate or use every means at your disposal to get what you want. Now.Read More
It was a moment of blissful self unawareness that makes the NHL so enduringly quaint.
Gary Bettman’s wind therapist, deputy commissioner Bill Daly, was hosting the annual draft lottery Saturday night before and during Game Two of the Las Vegas/ San Jose Western Conference semifinal. Arrayed behind him on the dais were representatives of the NHL’s huddled masses, the teams concentrated on one night in June rather than a playoff run in April or May.Read More
Postcards from the NHL playoffs: While the Boston Bruins have done well enough when he was injured this season, Patrice Bergeron clearly remains the straw that stirs the B’s drink. The 32-year-old centre doesn’t put up Alex Ovechkin numbers, but he is the kind of difference maker every team needs.Read More
The Case of Cameron Meredith: how the free agent story of a receiver with only 1,008 receiving yards can teach you a lot about NFL roster building
We used to think it was all about the talent. Now, we think it’s all about the Benjamin’s. We’re still behind. Because in the NFL, it’s about the talent, the Benamin’s, and a a lot of context.Read More
April is best known for playoffs and spring. Seeing as how spring has failed to make an appearance so far, we shall content ourselves with the playoffs, NHL and NBA variety.Read More
In the sport of MMA, the biggest stars come from the UFC. Or do they? A closer look may reveal that the UFC corporate side has actually driven the product more than we may realize. Because the UFC doesn't build stars so much as it acquires them.Read More
The MLB season began this weekend, and already twelve teams have been eliminated from the playoffs. What, you might say? We are only three or four games into the season. How can teams already be eliminated?Read More
This has not been a vintage winter for hockey in the country that worships the game. Consider the wreckage:Read More
The first question anyone should ask is why in the name of Maradona’s Hand Of God would anyone want to do business with FIFA, the body governing world soccer?Read More
NFL Free Agency is like getting mail! It's like Christmas morning! Mom and Dad got you that 6'4", 215 pound receiver you've been asking for! Santa gave you a linebacker with 4.4 speed and cover skills! Life is good.Read More