Hockey

Instigating a plan for head shots

With the recent suspensions to Montreal Canadien Tom Kostopolous and Ottawa Senator Jarkko Ruutu for head shots, the NHL’s disciplinarian, Colin Campbell recently sent out a memo to all 30 teams reminding them that the league is not going to take head shots lightly. An excerpt of the memo stated, “We cannot and will not tolerate blows to the head that are deliberate, avoidable and illegal.” There is always a lot of talk about how…

Football

Should the NFL care about Vegas?

It’s a given that, every once in a while, a referee will make a mistake during a sporting event. As much as leagues attempt to prevent it, it will happen. We’re all human, and corrections will often be made. A week 11 NFL football game, however, certainly raised the question as to what extent fans are entitled to be outraged about these mistakes. With five seconds to play in the San Diego Chargers’ Nov. 16…

Other Sports

The Golden Days of Wrestling

Does anyone remember a time when pro wrestling was actually entertaining and fun to watch? Sometime last week I was doing the old procrastination routine (probably putting off studying for a midterm) when I found myself stumbling around on YouTube. I came across some old-school wrestling matches, which served as my inspiration for this article. One of my earliest memories of the zany world of pro wrestling was at the tender age of four when…

Basketball

Andris Biedrins deserves to be an All-Star

Yes, I know it’s only mid-November, but the NBA just recently released the ballot for the 2009 edition of its annual talent showcase and it got me thinking about who would be selected if the votes were counted today. As far as starting players go, it has always been more of a popularity contest than a reflection of performance merit anyway, with injured players even being voted to start in the past. That being said,…

Other Sports

Lennox Lewis, Britain’s contribution to Canada’s Hall of Fame

On November 6, 2008, Lennox Lewis was inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame. Based on appearances alone, Lewis’ massive frame and long, dreadlock hairstyle makes him look part nightclub bouncer, part Whoopi Goldberg. British-born to Jamaican parents, the 6’5″ heavyweight boxer known for having a condor-like wingspan (84 inches) doesn’t immediately conjure up thoughts of a typical “Canadian” athlete. The following extract is the mission statement taken from the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame…

Hockey

Recession means lockout for an unprepared NHL

With an inevitable recession looming and just about everybody becoming more cautious of spending money, the National Hockey League is entering their third post-lockout year in a row with an increased salary cap. In the NHL’s first season under the new collective bargaining agreement, the cap was set at $39 million with a minimum set at $21.5 million. Entering this season both have increased substantially to the point where the minimum this year is more…

Other Sports

The evolution of HBO’s 24/7 boxing series

I’m fully willing to admit that boxing has not been the world’s most prosperous sport of late. In fact, if I pressed you to name 10 boxers off the top of your head, I would honestly be surprised if you could actually do it. There are many reasons for this decline, including a lack of talent (specifically that from the United States) entering the sport, and the competition provided by the more versatile sport of…

Basketball

Born Ready: Lincoln High’s Lance Stephenson

Maybe you’ve heard of him, and maybe you haven’t, but if you’ve familiarized yourself with the AAU circuit, watched any high school all-star games lately or opened an issue of SLAM in the past four or five years then chances are pretty good that the name Lance Stephenson rings a bell. The Abraham Lincoln High senior has been touted the next big thing since he held his own against O.J. Mayo (considered the best guard…

Other Sports

Blogletes: Volume 1

When I came across my RSS feed this week something occurred to me; the websites that I and millions of others flock to on a terribly obsessive basis are more than just collections of images and text on digital screens, rather, these time-stealing entertainment factories also play significant roles in our day-to-day lives with personalities all their own. Think about it, whether websites reflect the personalities of their creators or even the subjects that they…

Hall of Fame

Exactly why the Maple Leafs are the bane of the NHL

Nearly 25 years ago, I was born in a corner of Northern Ontario far removed from the feverish commotion of the province’s south and even farther removed from any obligatory allegiance to the overwhelmingly divisive Toronto Maple Leafs. Having lived my life aware of but not particularly attached to the iconical franchise, it surprised me – when early adulthood brought me south – that so many could blindly root for a franchise for no other…