Football

The NFL cheat sheet: After one month

There’s a reason that the NFL is America’s most popular league: All you need to watch is one game a week. You can do whatever you want during the week, and then on Sunday, traditionally the day of rest, you sit back and watch a beautiful mesh of athletic grace and massive hits for three hours. The next week, you follow the same cycle. For those into fantasy sports, there’s no doubt that football is…

Hockey

Young and Restless: The story of John Tavares and his last OHL season

For over three long years, hockey fans have anticipated the arrival of a softspoken teenager from Oakville, Ontario, a kid once widely thought talented enough to challenge the NHL’s rigid age limit policy. And, for years, those fans had every reason to believe an exception for the 2008 NHL Entry Draft was all but guaranteed. Fast forward to the beginning of the 2008-09 Ontario Hockey League season, however, and realize that 18-year-old John Tavares is…

Basketball

Changing of the Guard

They are fast, strong and athletic. They play above the rim in traffic, own passing lanes and can dominant with their backs to the basket, and although they may not look like John Stockton, make no mistake, these players are point guards in the truest sense. With the drafting of Derrick Rose first overall in this past summer’s entry draft, the Chicago Bulls took notice. They, like the rest of us watched Michael Beasley put…

Baseball

You couldn’t script a better year

The month of October gets its meaning from the Latin word “octo” meaning eight. In Major League Baseball, October has a whole different meaning, playoff baseball. This year had more storylines than I can remember any season having before and definitely solidified the fact that, even on the brink of a recession, the USAs favorite past time is still going strong. This years campaign saw the opening game played in China, righty Jon Lesters no-hitter…

Baseball

Finally, old Yankee Stadium has met its match

With all the panic and general hullabaloo surrounding old Yankee Stadium’s impending destruction, it’s hard to detach one’s self from the emotional draw of the world famous venue – but then, eventually, you see it for yourself. For years The Big Ballpark in the Bronx has set the table from which baseball purists have dined, and for years the onslaught of people hoping to witness history firsthand has taken its toll on the now 85-year-old…

Basketball

Never send a human to do Josh Smith’s job

Josh Smith is a 22-year-old power forward with four years of NBA experience, a record-setting pace for blocks and enough highlight reel footage to start up his own multimedia empire, but ask the man himself what he really needs and discover nothing more than the feeling of being wanted. On Friday afternoon Smith signed a five-year $58 million offer sheet with the Memphis Grizzlies, baiting his current Atlanta Hawks club to match the deserved market…

Hockey

Pro-bound Pietrangelo talks NHL draft

Alex Pietrangelo is a big guy, especially wearing skates, so the fact that the 18-year-old defensemen is being highly touted as one of the best linemen prospects in the NHL this season really comes as no surprise. Even less of a surprise, however, is the fact that Pietrangelo has proven himself to host a similar skill set to that of probable-Hall of Fame defenseman Chris Pronger. Whether it be the unquestionable puck handling skills of…

Hall of Fame

Cabral Richards: Cabbie on the Net

You know exactly who I’m talking about, especially if you’re a sports fan and even more so if you’re Canadian – not to mention a fan of basketball, football, Canadian sport, hockey, national pride, baseball, humour, or quality television in general. After hitting the Home for the Hardcore as an intern back in the days when The Score Television Network still called itself Headline Sports, Cabral Richards decided to hit the streets. Ever since, in…