January 2011

Hockey

Reconsidering the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan era

If you were to ask, many a Toronto Maple Leaf fan would tell you that the darkest days in franchise history came under the questionable guidance of the now infamous Harold Ballard. In his 18-year tenure as majority owner of the franchise, the Maple Leafs only managed to put together six winning seasons and set a club record with 13 consecutive losing ones. For a team that hoisted Lord Stanley’s Cup an impressive four times…

Football

2011 Pro-Bowl: Someone cares

After a one-year hiatus in the Sunshine State, the NFL’s equivalent of an All-Star Game returns to Hawaii. Unfortunately, given that the Pro-Bowl is once again nestled in the off-week between the Conference Championships and Super Bowl, a noticeable 10 players currently vying for the Lombardi Trophy won’t be making the trip. The Steelers and Packers won’t be the only teams without representation, however, as both the Seahawks and Bengals failed to have a player…

Other Sports

Can Bleacher Report be saved?

If you want to write for Bleacher Report these days, you have to apply to get in. The internet’s most infamous sports writing website, the one that was supposed to liberate sports media and turn the opinion pages to the fans, now requires an application. It’s not going to save the site’s reputation, but it’s a great first step. Bleacher Report is probably best known for it’s many gaffes and mistakes, for articles which either…

Basketball

The Reinvention of Amar’e

Amar’e Stoudemire¬†adds a sense of grace to an otherwise violent low-post game these days, an unexpected elegance especially noticeable considering the commanding physical frame with which he punishes his defenders and creates his own space. His shoulders, like battering rams, pound through unassuming opponents while the rest of his body pounces, springs and leaps like a fawn. To himself and those around him, he is an anomaly; a walking, breathing, bouncing oxymoron. He’s like this…

Movie Reviews

Secretariat (2010)

Rating: 4/10 They say what makes or breaks an effective tale is the way a storyteller portrays it. With the right storyteller, an explanation stating how one makes a peanut and jelly sandwich can be entertaining. The story of the racehorse Secretariat is an inspiring and extraordinary string of events. However, in this case of the film of the same name, director Randall Wallace turns this underdog tale into a very boring experience. Penny Chenery,…