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    There Used To Be A Ballpark

    by  • April 10, 2014 • 0 Comments

    “And there used to be a ballpark where the field was warm and green And the people played their crazy game with a joy I’d never seen And the air was such a wonder from the hot dogs and the beer Yes, there used to be a ballpark right here,”  — Lyrics by Joe...

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    The Habs Can Save Quebec

    by  • April 8, 2014 • 0 Comments

    Okay, now what? The Liberal dominance in last night’s Quebec provincial election provides a government with a mandate, and perhaps 5 years of actual issues, but does it tend to the damage caused by the departing PQ government? It’s a difficult time to live in Quebec. The tumult brought on by an invigorated separatist...

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    A Different Breed

    by  • March 25, 2014 • 0 Comments

    At the biggest and most important horse races of the season, like the Triple Crown races and the Breeder’s Cup, fashion is a big thing. Hats that need scaffolding to hold them up, bowties and handkerchiefs and leather shoes with funny colored socks abound at the big important stakes races. It’s a gesture toward...

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    The Great Gottfried

    by  • March 7, 2014 • 0 Comments

    Did a Gay German Tennis Star Throw the Davis Cup to Spite Hitler? If all the world’s a stage then the cast of the great international pre-war epic, The Greatest Tennis Match in History, might feel too star-studded to believe it all actually happened. The show would feature, in a bit role, a young...

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    In the Absence of Lidstrom

    by  • March 6, 2014 • 0 Comments

    On the occasion of his number’s retirement This is year two of my life without Nicklas Lidstrom. You get used to having a perfect human in your life. The first year was the hardest. Lockout-shortened, the season was already doomed to choppiness. But with Nick gone, the Wings’ breakout turned to mud. Suddenly speed...

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    POW RIGHT IN THE KISSER!

    by  • February 6, 2014 • 0 Comments

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    Maybe for any other team, a fourth-placed finish in a dodgeball tournament would be fair, considering most think it’s a not-so-serious hobby sport you played in high school. But not for POW RIGHT IN THE KISSER! It didn’t sit right for the competitive dodgeball team. After losing the semi finals during the 2013 World...

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    Does the Biggest Fight in Canadian History Matter?

    by  • January 16, 2014 • 1 Comment

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    I knew Canadian boxing had risen to an unrivalled level—at least in my lifetime of sports fandom—when Lucian Bute made the second defence of his IBF super middleweight title against rugged Mexican contender Librado Andrade on October 24, 2008. Ever since he represented Romania at three World Amateur Boxing Championships (winning bronze in 1999),...

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    Errant Thoughts at the Crumb End of 2013

    by  • January 6, 2014 • 1 Comment

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    Call this the embers of December. The drive’s on, a buzz, likely full out panic, as everyone pushes through the crowds trying to get gifts, find gifts, spend money, fear money. Everything is coming to full implosion. Families, like asteroids, are headed from all corners of the world, moving fast. Fathers and mothers, brothers...

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    So Long, Jacoby Ellsbury

    by  • December 9, 2013 • 0 Comments

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    We were Deep Bushwick and you were Uptown in a group of lunch-pail, hard-hat, slug-it-out beardos. Yours was always a little too well-trimmed. If we’re honest about it for a moment, it really didn’t fool anyone. To see you go the way of Boggs and Clemens, Damon and Ruth, down yesterday’s Canyon of Heroes,...

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    The Round Bus with Rob Maguire: November 29, 2013

    by  • November 29, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Happy Thanksgiving to our American readers, writers, and contributors! Thanks for your football, your silver medals in hockey, and Miley Cyrus! But, as you linger through your turkey hangovers, we’re left wondering: When did Canada appropriate the sad tradition of Black Friday? What the motherfuck? And why’s it called Black Friday? And why do...

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    Kings of the Park

    by  • November 19, 2013 • 0 Comments

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    The park where I train with my football team is usually still damp and soft when we head outdoors for the first time each year in late March. It’s normally around the first day of Spring, a seasonal period where parks and reservoirs are still disheveled, but mainly they are sodden and addled. Amid...

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    Baseball is No Hockey

    by  • October 31, 2013 • 1 Comment

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    I don’t really care about baseball. I feel like, and I’ve thought about this a lot, hockey is indisputably a superior sport to the other big North American sports. I’m willing to allow that soccer is probably on par with hockey somewhat, and I don’t know enough about rugby (or cricket, although I’m pretty...

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