August 2009

Basketball

The “most winningest” team in basketball

Last week the NFL showed us what parity can do to a league. This week, we’ll see the exact opposite. The National Basketball Association is the youngest of the four major sports by over 25 years, yet two of the most successful franchises in sports history can arguably lay claim to the title of “most winningest”. It’s the clash of the titans; The Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers. Combined, the two franchises hold…

Other Sports

The merit of Bill Simmons on PTI

Tony Kornheiser and Mike Wilbon are the cantankerous and argumentative hosts of ESPN‘s Pardon the Interruption five days a week – or so. When they don’t, the show has a long list of people who fill in for either or both of them. It’s a list that includes media stalwarts like Bob Ryan and Jason Whitlock – both of whom were interesting and livened the show up – but also Rick Reilly and Jay Mariotti,…

Football

Unconventional thinking in today’s NFL

Unconventional thinking has always been an interesting part of the NFL. From the West Coast offence to the 3-4 defence, teams have always sought to get a leg up on their opponents with new ideas or new variations of old themes. With the parity imposed by revenue sharing and a tight salary cap, innovation has perhaps taken on an even greater role in recent decades. However, ideas are being copied as quickly as they’re produced,…