Articles by Travis Mills

Football

A lineman’s journey from CFL draft pick to NBA prospect

It isn’t often that a Canadian university athlete cracks the ranks of top-tier professional North American sports leagues, but that’s what former Queen’s University athlete Matt O’Donnell hopes to do with his tryout with the Boston Celtics this month. What makes the situation even more improbable is that the 6’11, 340 pound giant of a man was a varsity athlete in football. As TSN.ca‘s Dave Naylor reported last week, the Saskatchewan Roughriders draft pick who…

Football

Julio Jones and the art of the draft day trade

Never have the competing philosophies of trying to win now versus trying to win later been more evident than during this year’s NFL draft when the Atlanta Falcons and Cleveland Browns made one of the biggest draft day trades in history; the principal of which being Cleveland’s No. 6 pick Julio Jones exchanged for a package of five Atlanta Falcons draft picks spread out over the next two years. Atlanta came into the draft after…

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What could an NFL lockout mean for the NCAA and TV?

A fight between millionaires and billionaires looks to be the biggest reality-show drama of the summer. With no end in sight for the bitterĀ NFL lockout, fans of what’s arguably America’s most popular sport may have to turn elsewhere to get their football fix this fall. If the No. 1 choice for football nationally (although not in all regions) isn’t available on television or in person on Sundays, that may leave Saturday’s slate of college football…

Other Sports

A North American guide to the 2011 Cricket World Cup

A major global sporting event begins this Saturday in South Asia. Co-hosted by India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, the 2011 Cricket World will captivate millions of people across five continents for the next six weeks. Historically, Canada versus the United States is the oldest fixture in international cricket. The first match between two opposing countries took place in September, 1844 at St. George’s Cricket Club in New York City. A stereotypical complaint about cricket is that…

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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…