January 2010

Other Sports

The year 2010 in a time-travelling nutshell

January: Halfway through a NCAA regular season game against Arkansas, 2010 NBA draft lottery lock John Wall completes an alley-oop to himself (off the backboard, no less), causing ESPN analyst Dick Vitale’s larynx to explode on air. The NFC wins the Pro Bowl 24-17, despite Chris Johnson’s best effort and a 98-yard touchdown run. February: A group of 20 fans shows up in Hawaii expecting to get primo seats for the Pro Bowl. They are…

Football

2010 AFC Championship Preview

It’s been quite the unusual NFL playoffs so far this year. The first round featured several notable upsets, including the Baltimore Ravens’ 33-14 thumping of the New England Patriots and the New York Jets’ 24-14 win over the Cincinnati Bengals. In last week’s divisional round, though, chalk largely prevailed; three of the four No. 1 and No. 2 seeds won in decisive fashion. The lone underdog to continue on was the fifth-seeded Jets, who beat…

Football

2010 NFC Championship Preview

In contrast to the AFC championship game, the NFC championship features the two teams that dominated the conference in the regular season. The New Orleans Saints went 13-3, while the Minnesota Vikings were just a step back at 12-4. Both took care of business in the divisional round last weekend, with the Saints demolishing the Arizona Cardinals 45-14 and the Vikings knocking off the Dallas Cowboys 34-3. They both have great quarterbacks, with Drew Brees…

Basketball

Allen Iverson: The Answer was lemonade all along

When life hands you lemons, it’s a subtle sign that life really wanted Allen Iverson to start in the All-Star Game. How else would you explain Rajon Rondo coming off the bench in one of the weakest All-Star voting categories in recent memory? Regardless of the injustice, it’s recommended – nay, necessary – that you brew yourself up some lemonade so fierce that it dulls the pain of this apparent nightmare as fast as humanly…

Basketball

Bleeding Purple: Addition by subtraction

I find it important to say that I once loved Vince Carter. Just as anyone who has ever lived and died by their favourite sports team loves their team’s star player. It was a love made even more special as his arrival to the Toronto Raptors coincided with my birth into NBA fandom. I recall vividly the lock-out shortened season of 1998-99, sitting in my living room nearly every weekend watching NBA on NBC after…

Football

Senseless in Seattle: Pete Carroll’s illogical leap back to the pros

Coaching in any sport is a difficult job. Generally, when a coach moves from one level to another in a given sport, pieces of the game change. The basic philosophy, however, typically stays the same. Hockey is still hockey, basketball is basketball; it’s the gaps off the field that are the most significant adjustments. In football, when one transitions from the ranks of the NCAA to the NFL, they have to conduct themselves completely differently…

Basketball

Dog, the Raptor Hunter

I’ve been a dog person for about as long as I’ve been a person and certainly longer than I’ve been a people person. When I found out that the Toronto Raptors were bringing back the Toronto Huskies get-up for a few games this season I assumed that I would fall in love with the concept and resent dinosaurs from there on out. In addition to having grown up alongside dogs of all shapes and sizes,…

Other Sports

T’was the Year 2009

T’was the year 2009 and from Jan to December; Each month in sports was one to remember. In January, outdoor hockey was the most beautiful of things; At Wrigley the Blackhawks fell to the Wings. In ’08 at Beijing, Phelps owned fools like Kong; And he started ’09 by hitting the bong. In February, the Steelers took NFL control; Winning their record sixth Super Bowl. Then some more baseball records were destroyed; As Alex then switched from A-Rod to…