December 2010

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Scaringi Game a Classic

NIAGARA FALLS, ON – The National Hockey League may have Crosby versus Ovechkin at Heinz Field, but the Scaringis had brothers versus brothers, cousins versus cousins, and uncles versus nephews at the Gale Centre. On December 30, the Scaringi males gathered at the pristine Bob Gale Centre for the third annual “Scaringi Guys’ Night Out”, also known as the “Scaringi Winter Classic”. It was a fast-paced, back-and-forth hour-and-a-half of pick-up hockey, with the Dark squad…

Hall of Fame

The Rehabilitation of Kurt Jory

Kurt Jory is a warrior at heart. And not because of the 29 games he spent with the WHL’s Moose Jaw Warriors back in 2006-07. In 2008, Jory suffered a life-threatening neck injury over which just a few players in the history of upper echelon hockey can bond; a severed jugular. The now 23-year-old is just the latest member in an unfortunate group that includes the likes of Richard Zednik and Clint Malarchuk, both retired…

Hockey

Ryan Johansen: NHL prospect in a familiar package

Forgotten amongst the seemingly endless argument over who would be selected first overall in the 2010 NHL Draft were a lot of top quality hockey players with the potential to contribute at the professional level – particularly Portland Winterhawk and future league star Ryan Johansen. Six months have passed since the day that debate was settled and it’s already easier to pay proper respect to the rest of the players who rounded out the top…

Basketball

Appeasing Dwight Howard

Like a used mattress for a three dollar bill. Break out the old cliches, dust off the old Hunter S. Thompson lines (careful with that one, it’s an antique!) and wheel out the warhorses. NBA trade season has arrived and it’s kicked off with a doozy. Last Saturday, the Orlando Magic made two trades, one with Phoenix, the other with Washington and shipped away a few players and got some back. That much you know….

Hockey

Dark days in NHL jersey design

I can’t be the only one who’s noticed how jersey design in the NHL has taken a giant leap backwards recently, as though everyone responsible for coming up with creative crests coincidentally managed to save their worst work for the past few seasons. Case in point, the Columbus Cannons. Although they may have been trying to keep with the theme of paying homage to Ohio’s Civil War history, the resulting crest leaves much to be…

Football

Deciphering the Bowl Championship Series

This time of year, one cannot go five minutes on American sports television without someone bashing the NCAA’s Bowl Championship Series. The BCS is the current system that college football utilizes to crown an outright national champion. The BCS has been widely criticized since its inception for various reasons. However, from most Canadians’ point of view, the BCS is as confusing as the Maple Leafs Phil Kessel trade. For those confused readers, here is a…

Hockey

Jordan Eberle: Canada’s Sungod

Jordan Eberle is a 20-year-old icon, celebrated nationwide not for what he’ll eventually do (a lot), but what he’s already done (even more). An international hockey hero who’s accomplished more in the past two years than most of us will ever accomplish in our lives. So how come he isn’t recognized as such more often? In modern-day Canada, Jordan Eberle means more to citizens than the Queen. He means more to national pride than the…

Football

Samkon Gado; NFL’s loss, medicine’s gain

Like, a comet, like an explosion, out of the ether he came and back into it he went. It was a little over five years ago now that Samkon Gado exploded into the NFL; a feel good story of a guy who fought and ran so hard, and so far and with such bursts of speed, right to the NFL and into the spotlight for the Packers. And it was about five years ago he…

Movie Reviews

Rookie of the Year (1993)

Rating: 10/10 Though often attempted, only a handful of sports movies actually have what it takes to withstand the test of time. Some fade eventually and some flop right out of the gates, one such movie that has stood out amongst the pack as one of the classics is 1993s Rookie of the Year, directed by Daniel Stern. Rookie of the Year is a family film that actually comes through on its promise of appealing…

Hockey

Erik Gudbranson: Third pick’s the charm

Erik Gudbranson may be one of the Kingston Frontenacs’ top physical forces on the blue line – not to mention, a third overall draft pick – but there’s more to this 6’4″ 206-pound OHL defenseman than meets the eye. Gudbranson, dubbed the “best of the rest” in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft after Taylor Hall and Tyler Seguin, was picked up third overall by the Florida Panthers. Unable to work out a contract with the…