March 2009

Hockey

Role of the Rookie

There has long been a silent but well known code in Junior hockey. The rookies are to do what the veterans tell them to do, no questions asked. In recent years, that so called code has been thrown out the window by new rookies who think they should gain instant respect instead of earning it. In the past when rookies would join a team, they would respect the team’s veterans for everything they had done…

Baseball

The Washington Nationals: Five years later

A professional baseball team in Washington D.C. seems like a natural fit. It only makes sense for “America’s pastime” to have representation in the U.S. capital. But ironically, there has been very little success for baseball fans in Washington to enjoy; and as the Washington Nationals prepare for their fifth season, they must strive to break away from this losing tradition. There have been a few teams that made Washington their home. One of the…

Hockey

The Progression of Eight

Following the 2004-05 NHL Lockout, Alexander Ovechkin entered the National Hockey League and it would never be the same again. On October 5, 2005 Ovechkin made his highly anticipated debut and immediately made an impact, notching two goals in a 3-2 victory. That, as they say, is a fine ‘how-do-ya-do?’ The Ovechkin Era had officially begun. To say that Ovechkin has taken the NHL by storm would be an understatement. From highlight reel goal to…

Basketball

Long live the March Madness upset

The term fairytale implies fallacy; the overcoming of seemingly insurmountable odds en route to the achievement of an improbable victory over a highly favoured opponent. Few times in life does such an achievement come to fruition, with the exception of those rarest of moments where the fabled Goliath falls victim to the proverbial David, who in the face of adversity was able to flourish. Such a cliched ‘the good guys always wins’ ending seems abundantly…

Basketball

Pick-up ball goes Global

This summer, one basketball-obsessed global visionary has an idea that could change the context of international basketball as we know it. On June 10, 2009, Sean Smith – a Canadian Sport Management professor at Brock University – will present Global Village Basketball 2009. In hopes of engaging the world in a planet-wide game of pickup basketball this summer, Smith welcomes all walks of life to the grand-scale event determined to simultaneously combine the scores of…

Hockey

Panthers play risky game

The Florida Panthers were thought to have extinguished the stigma commonly pasted on expansion teams in their first years as an NHL franchise. Just two seasons removed from their inauguration, the Panthers had not only established themselves as a legitimate force, but threatened to become world champions in 1996. However, years succeeding that majestic ascent have not been as kind – and more often than not, the franchise has had to deal with financial and…

Basketball

Losing the Lottery

The 2003-04 season began just like any other, with each of the 30 NBA teams hopeful for a playoff berth. Some were seeking championships, others division titles, and some were just hoping to eclipse the .500 mark. Needless to say, however, everyone wanted a spot in the postseason. Despite the universal optimism, it also ended like any other. Only 16 of the 30 teams qualified for the playoffs, rendering the remaining 14 lottery bound; a…

Basketball

Why we love March Madness

It’s the third week of March. To some, this calls for celebrating the arrival of spring by heading outside and enjoying the warm weather. But if you’re on this site you know that the only thing that will be getting a workout is your couch. The NCAA Tournament is here, and to celebrate, here are 64 reasons why we love it so much. (1) Alliterations (March Madness, Selection Sunday, Sweet Sixteen, Elite Eight, Final Four)…

Hockey

Shedding some Carbs

History has a funny way of repeating itself. On January 14, 2006, Montreal Canadiens general manager Bob Gainey fired his head coach and assumed the role himself for the remainder of the club’s season. The fatality was Claude Julien. Three years, one month and 23 days later, he did the exact same thing – the casualty this time being Guy Carbonneau. To some, it may seem hard to believe that Gainey would fire Carbonneau. After…

Baseball

The hunter becomes the hunted

Last year at this time, anyone who suggested that the Tampa Bay Rays would win the American League pennant would’ve probably been laughed at. Experts knew the Rays were improving, but no one expected the improvements to occur so quickly. After finishing last in the AL East for the majority of their existence, the Rays enjoyed their first winning season, clinched their first playoff birth and made it all the way to the World Series,…