Reviews

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The Glory of Their Times (1966)

“The Glory of their Times” by Lawrence Ritter recounts baseball’s early days, from its speculative origins to the formation of the first professional leagues to the mid-1950s, when decades of tradition established the game as America’s pastime. Through exclusive interviews with players, Ritter gets first-hand accounts of baseball’s past and criticisms of where it’s gone since.

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The Last Night of the Yankee Dynasty (2004)

Rating: 8.5/10 I never cared about Cal Ripken. Ty Cobb is a name in the record books and Hank Aaron’s a grainy highlight reel of a man running the bases. Pete Rose exists to me only for the controversy, not for the phenomenal athlete he was. I care about Derek Jeter and I cared about his 3,000th hit. Few players, if any, inspire the same reactions that Jeter does: you like him a lot or…

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The Sweet Science (2004)

Rating: 9/10 On April 5, 2011, a Toronto Maple Leafs loss officially ended their playoff run. Almost like clockwork, the Toronto Sun began a series on what’s wrong with the Leafs in the next day’s paper. The regularity of this kind of sportswriting, where a columnist takes it upon themselves to explain why a team’s model is broken and how it ought to to fixed, usually in something like 30 column inches, is far from…

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What I Talk About When I Talk About Running (2008)

Rating: 8/10 I work with a runner. We talk about it every once in a while. Sometimes it sounds like a lot of work. She’ll tell me the only time she can run is early in the morning, when it’s bound to be cold and freezing and she’ll be in a rush to drop her kids off and to get to work or the weather is awful, pouring snow, rain, ice or some combination thereof….

Movie Reviews

Secretariat (2010)

Rating: 4/10 They say what makes or breaks an effective tale is the way a storyteller portrays it. With the right storyteller, an explanation stating how one makes a peanut and jelly sandwich can be entertaining. The story of the racehorse Secretariat is an inspiring and extraordinary string of events. However, in this case of the film of the same name, director Randall Wallace turns this underdog tale into a very boring experience. Penny Chenery,…

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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…

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Gretzky to Lemieux: The Story of the 1987 Canada Cup (2007)

Rating: 8/10 It was 1987 and hockey’s cold war was in full effect. In January, a Canada/USSR game at the World Junior championships ended with both teams brawling as the lights were turned off. A month later, NHL All-Stars and the Soviet National team split a two-game series in Quebec City. In September, they faced once more, in a three-game series at the 1987 Canada Cup. It was heady times for ice hockey and in…

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The Blind Side (2009)

Rating: 6/10 The Blind Side is a powerful movie with heartwarming message that led the way to the 2009 Academy Awards, picking up a Best Picture nomination in the process. Judging by its mass success, the film from director John Lee Hancock can be enjoyed by people of all ages interested in a transformation story. More so by sports fans whove read Michael Lewis original book; The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game. The Tuohy…

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Great Moments in Baseball (1992)

Rating: 8/10 Professional baseball has been defined by the memorable moments that have occurred over the last 100-plus years. We all have a favorite moment. For me, it was Joe Carters game-winning home run that gave the Toronto Blue Jays their second straight World Series title in 1993. I still get chills every time I see a replay of it. Fans will always reminisce and those lucky to have made it to “The Show” are…