October 2008

Basketball

Where did it all go wrong for Isiah?

If Isiah Thomas had chosen Hollywood for his career path over the NBA, he would never have been cast in the role of a gang leader. His boyish grin and diminutive frame made him more Gary Coleman than Al Pacino. However, in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Thomas was indeed the leader of a posse of basketball outlaws, an outfit known as the ‘Bad Boys’. When the Detroit Pistons bullied their way to back-to-back…

Baseball

Phillies feel the brotherly love

With the Philadelphia Phanatic waving the banner on the mound at Citizens Park, it all became clear. The Philadelphia Phillies are the 2008 World Series Champions. All year long, to many people, this Phillies team has always been talked about to make the playoffs but was never considered to come out as World Champions. Entering the post-season this year the Phillies were the hottest team in the bigs. They over took the Mets again this…

Football

The Man Behind the Dynasty

Who cares about Tom Brady? You shouldnt. Save for those whose fantasy seasons were ruined by taking Tom Terrific with their opening selections and watching in pain as he walked off the field for good in the seasons first week, the loss of Brady should not be too distressing for fans of the NFL and the New England Patriots alike. While some were still needing extra facial tissues to recover from the 2008 NFL seasons…

Basketball

How T.J. Ford plans to make a difference

On a summery day in the end of June, amidst a limitless flurry of rookie rumors and speculation, Canadian news broke that Toronto Raptors general manager Bryan Colangelo had pulled the trigger on a blockbuster deal that would see his club part ways with chronically under-used T.J. Ford in exchange for former MVP candidate-turned-injury prone vet, Jermaine O’Neal. The trade, which also included Raptors center Rasho Nesterovic and ultimately Roy Hibbert, marked the end of…

Basketball

Tragic figure: Basketball without Len Bias

Len Bias had that swagger, you know what Im talking about, like the Fab Five, like MichaelĀ Jordan, that no-nonsense, I can do what I want, dress how I want, and be what I wanna be, because I am that good kind of swagger. The kind of shit you cant teach, that win at all costs mentality that transcends sport. It wasnt cockiness either, this swagger wasnt a prefabricated gimmick or a consolidated effort to stand…

Basketball

The challenge for the Celtics is to become truly great

In sport, it’s said that the greatest challenge is not to become a champion, but to remain a champion. Anyone can win something once, but to do it all over again proves to any doubters that the initial success was fully deserved and did not come about by chance or any other mitigating factor. Right now, the Boston Celtics once again sit atop the basketball world. Boston’s playoff victory over the Lakers last June gave…

Other Sports

Around the Horn with Jim Van Horne

Jim Van Horne has long been synonymous with both radio and television broadcasting. Most prominently known for delivering sports from behind the desk as a TSN original, Van Horne is still going strong. Growing up listening to CHUM AM, Van Horne’s childhood dream was to be a DJ. He realized that dream in 1971 when he was heard reading the daily announcements at his high school and in turn landed a job at CKMP, a…

Baseball

How to build the 2008 World Series champion

It’s likely impossible to locate a person who predicted a Tampa Bay-Philadelphia World Series matchup. Coming into the year, Tampa Bay was an improving club with some intriguing potential, but anybody who tells you that they were an actual threat is undoubtedly joking. As for Philadelphia, they were known to have talent, but with no huge additions to the club, and with center fielder Aaron Rowand being a notable subtraction, they were thought to still…

Basketball

The come up: A look at the 2003 McDonald’s All-Americans

To the untrained eye, the annual McDonald’s All-American game is just another in the long list of high school all-star games, but to the rest of us it’s a preview; a glimpse at the future of professional basketball, and perhaps no class has been more indicative of this foresight than the class of 2003. Numbers tell the story best. Of the 24 high school seniors selected to compete in the yearly event, only five have…

Hall of Fame

How Ticketmaster ruined professional sports

Let’s be blunt, Ticketmaster.com now charges as much as 60% of face value ticket price in sporting event convenience fees alone. Before you spend another cent, stop and think about that for as long as it takes it to sink in. Never mind the fact that the price you ended up paying for two tickets could have easily gotten you a third, instead of bringing an extra friend along with whom to enjoy the game,…