November 2008

Basketball

Born Ready: Lincoln High’s Lance Stephenson

Maybe you’ve heard of him, and maybe you haven’t, but if you’ve familiarized yourself with the AAU circuit, watched any high school all-star games lately or opened an issue of SLAM in the past four or five years then chances are pretty good that the name Lance Stephenson rings a bell. The Abraham Lincoln High senior has been touted the next big thing since he held his own against O.J. Mayo (considered the best guard…

Other Sports

Blogletes: Volume 1

When I came across my RSS feed this week something occurred to me; the websites that I and millions of others flock to on a terribly obsessive basis are more than just collections of images and text on digital screens, rather, these time-stealing entertainment factories also play significant roles in our day-to-day lives with personalities all their own. Think about it, whether websites reflect the personalities of their creators or even the subjects that they…

Hall of Fame

Exactly why the Maple Leafs are the bane of the NHL

Nearly 25 years ago, I was born in a corner of Northern Ontario far removed from the feverish commotion of the province’s south and even farther removed from any obligatory allegiance to the overwhelmingly divisive Toronto Maple Leafs. Having lived my life aware of but not particularly attached to the iconical franchise, it surprised me – when early adulthood brought me south – that so many could blindly root for a franchise for no other…

Baseball

What Major League Baseball needs to change

With another World Series in the books, baseball has a new set of controversies. Though the situation could have been handled in a better way, all in all, the right thing was done in making sure that the Series’ fifth and ultimately final game was played out in its entirety, even if a two-day rain delay was required. Of course, many were not satisfied with the delay in Philadelphia, demanding that future World Series be…

Basketball

Why Joe Dumars can’t lose in the Iverson trade

Like many general managers in the association Joe Dumars is no stranger to controversy. The difference between Dumars however has been his ability to thrive on this controversy, to prove the critics wrong and above all, to win. Dating back to his playing days, Dumars has been engulfed by controversy as a member of the Pistons during the Bad Boys era. Detroit was largely despised by fans and players alike for their rough and rugged…