Football

Pinball Clemons bleeds the double blue

As I walk around field level of the SkyDome, excuse me, Rogers Centre, I start taking in the fact that just 10 yards away is the gridiron where such Canadian Football League greats as Doug Flutie, Damon Allen, Joe Theismann and Michael “Pinball” Clemons have all donned the Argo blue and won Grey Cup after Grey Cup. Enjoying the atmosphere of the pre-game introductions, I see a man walking down the sidelines hugging every player,…

Basketball

Where now for Vince Carter

Vince Carter has always been a wanted man. Though selected by the Golden State Warriors with the fifth pick in the 1998 Draft, the Toronto Raptors had already organized a pre-draft deal to bring him to Canada making it clear to him that he was the guy they were after. Still a new team on the NBA horizon, the Raptors were struggling. Few kids ever grew up with hopes of playing in the NBA for…

Basketball

The Climax

It was the year 2000. The location was Sydney, Australia. Gold was the prize. The story of these Olympics Games is different than most however. It doesnt revolve around medal counts, world records or national supremacy. The story of these games follows two basketball players. The first player was a last minute addition to an American team not yet concerned with redemption. An American team that was undefeated in international play since The Dream Team…

Football

The NFL cheat sheet: After one month

There’s a reason that the NFL is America’s most popular league: All you need to watch is one game a week. You can do whatever you want during the week, and then on Sunday, traditionally the day of rest, you sit back and watch a beautiful mesh of athletic grace and massive hits for three hours. The next week, you follow the same cycle. For those into fantasy sports, there’s no doubt that football is…

Hockey

Young and Restless: The story of John Tavares and his last OHL season

For over three long years, hockey fans have anticipated the arrival of a softspoken teenager from Oakville, Ontario, a kid once widely thought talented enough to challenge the NHL’s rigid age limit policy. And, for years, those fans had every reason to believe an exception for the 2008 NHL Entry Draft was all but guaranteed. Fast forward to the beginning of the 2008-09 Ontario Hockey League season, however, and realize that 18-year-old John Tavares is…