November 2010

Basketball

San Antonio Spurs, silent success

Time has been good to the San Antonio Spurs. It’s a cliche, sure, but one that partially explains why they get along so well. When I say “they”, I’m not talking about the members of the team getting along with each other – though they do – but the relationship between the franchise and the property of time itself. If Gregg Popovich had a Blackberry, Father Time would have him pinned. When Tim Duncan finally…

Hockey

Sean Avery, businessman

Under the direction of Ken Holland, the Detroit Red Wings have won eight Central Division titles, four President’s Trophies and three Stanley Cups; it’s fair to assume the man knows a thing or two about hockey. When asked about one of his former players – ex-Red Wing Sean Avery – in a 2008 interview with NHL.com, the general manager was quick to make note of what seems so obvious now in 2010. “Obviously we had…

Football

Making a case for the Grey Cup

Meaningful football will take place this Sunday, however, it will not involve the Nauseating Football League. Instead, it will involve two teams battling for one of professional football’s most storied titles: The Grey Cup. The 98th edition of the Canadian football championship will occur in Edmonton’s Commonwealth Stadium and features a rematch of last year’s final. The Saskatchewan Roughriders look to avenge their devastating 28-27 loss to the Montreal Alouettes. The finish to the 2009…

Basketball

The Death of Chris Bosh’s Dreads

There was a big change in Chris Bosh this July, when he went to Miami. It wasn’t the new jersey or number or teammates. It was his dreads, or rather, the lack of them. Indeed, it was a clean-cut Bosh who hung out on stage with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. His hair may seem like a minor detail, but it’s just one example of how Bosh, in his Toronto days, worked to stand out…

Basketball

Paul Millsap and the overdue All-Star season

If Paul Millsap fell in the woods, would he make a sound? Trick question. Paul Millsap wouldn’t fall in the woods because he would be too busy shooting 60 percent from the field while playing the role of most underrated basketball player in the NBA and hoarding enough offensive rebounds to sink a small fishing vessel. Would he make a sound, though, at all? The answer, unfortunately, is probably not. At least not for as…

Football

Michael Vick’s message to the planet

Michael Vick had a message for you on Monday night. Well, you in a broad sense, you meaning the rest of the NFL, you meaning the haters who call into talk radio and ask why he wasn’t banned for life from the sport, you meaning all the people who doubted he could still lead a team after 18 months in prison. He wanted to let you know you were wrong and he said it in…

Basketball

The Big Two made the wrong decision

Big Three? What Big Three? Can somebody let me know who makes it three, because it certainly is not Chris Bosh. He doesn’t block many shots. He’s soft and doesn’t play aggressively on defense. He isn’t anything special with his back to the basket either and, simply put, just isn’t an enforcer. Despite these weaknesses, with all said and done, Bosh is an undoubtedly great player. The problem is that he isn’t a superstar, nor…

Basketball

Business in the background: An LA Clippers story

The Los Angeles sports market is the type of place where a clich like “one is never enough” fits. Two professional baseball teams, two professional hockey teams, two professional soccer teams, four professional basketball teams and a bevy of college sports. Amongst this feast of sport is a unique dynamic involving basketball’s Lakers and Clippers. Both teams play in the same league, in the same city and in the same arena. Of course, such a…

Hockey

How bad are the Broad Street Bullies?

If you believe that behavior is influenced by your environment, and specifically the opinions and attitudes that surround you, then the fact that the Philadelphia Flyers have consistently held the title as the dirtiest team in the league should come as no surprise. After joining the NHL in the league’s first mass expansion back 1967, the Flyers and their equally inexperienced expansion-mates essentially served as the developmentally-challenged younger siblings of the NHL’s favored Original Six…

Hockey

Demographics and NHL Captains

For as long as men and women have invested themselves in the triumphs of their sports heroes, they’ve had a special spot in their hearts for the ones who wear the “C.” These are the ones who, at the end of the day, shoulder the blame for every loss and accept the task of delivering every in-game speech. These are our leaders, our spokesmen, and the designated representatives of the teams we pledge our allegiance…