One of these people being recognized at the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday is not like the others. Martin St. Louis. Martin Brodeur. Willie O’Ree. Jayna Hefford. Alexander Yakushev. Gary Bettman. Hmm, wonder who?Read More
The venerable Bob Cole is making his farewell tour of Canadian NHL cities this fall. The long-time play-by-play voice of Hockey Night In Canada is leaving the broadcast booth after 50 years of “Oh baby!” And “They’re going home, they’re going home”.Read More
How forbidden was sports betting in society? Just ask Pete Rose. Even though the MLB’s all-time leader in hits never bet against his own team, Rose was given a lifetime suspension for making wagers on his sport. So there must be a bitter irony for the suspended-for-life MLB great in the news that the NHL is going mainstream with MGM Hotels in pro sports wagering.Read More
These are difficult days for the people who play fantasy baseball or bet the sport. As the 2018 season comes to its conclusion with a Red Sox/ Dodgers World series, managers are taking apart the time-honoured strategies of the sport.Read More
The old Conor was a poor kid from the streets of Dublin who just wanted his piece of the pie. The new Conor is a wealthy man with his own whiskey label willing to go corporate for anyone.Read More
It was the NHL Final series of 2011. Vancouver versus Boston. It was more than just the best chance for a Canadian NHL team to win the Stanley Cup since 1993.
The NBA season is upon us. And if you haven’t noticed, Canada is on the verge of becoming a hoops nation. Or maybe we should say Hoops Nation. But there are lingering questions of whether Basketball Canada can get its act together to employ all the best talent the nation is providing.Read More
Legendary baseball manager Leo Durocher once growled, “Show me a good loser, and I‘ll show you a loser.”Read More
For a moment he was lost in the throng. Then, like Gandhi emerging from the mass, he pulled free of the adoring throng. The noise, the exuberance of the crowd, their cameras soaking up the moment. All to proclaim. Tiger Woods, the People’s Champion.Read More
The problem with giving an athlete all the money he’ll ever need in his life is that he’s going to ask you for something that you can’t guarantee— no matter how much money you have. And that is a championship.Read More
NFL Fans, We Need To Talk About Failure
When your team loses a heartbreaker, blame has to go somewhere. Sometimes the blame goes the correct way but for the wrong reasons.Read More
If you’re one of those who think that today’s uber-rich athletes are maybe a little got up on their societal importance, last week was not a great time to be a sports fan. From Nike playing the Colin Kaepernick race card to Serena Williams pleading for women’s rights, it was the agony of the feed from the culture mavens.
In retail the time-honoured phrase is “Under-promise and over-deliver”.
In sports you might amend that to: “If your promise something you’d better deliver”.
It’s the next frontier of TV sports broadcasting. Naturally, the Canadian Football League is leading the way.
What? The CFL schooling all the big boys on cutting-edge telecasts?Read More
After six months of no NFL football, fans are waking from their long sleep to discover that the league has tried yet again to fix its rules. This time it’s not to increase scoring— although the new rules will probably jack up scoring.
I'm On Team Roquan
Not Team 'Team'
If it takes someone like Roquan Smith every once and a while to reveal to fans (those who want to pay attention) that their NFL team’m ownership groups can’t change and that’s why we are losers, so be it. I'd rather cheer for a person fighting for themselves than a family screwing over an entire city.Read More
We sit in the golfing trough between the 147th Open Championship and the 109th Canadian Open, two of the longest-standing tournament dates on the calendar. After the Open wound down in Carnoustie, Scotland, with Italian Francesco Molinari as champion, many of the top players were on a red-eye flight back to Canada to fulfill their obligations in playing Canada’s top tournament at Glen Abbey in Oakville, Ontario.Read More
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