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    The Death of Jogo Bonito

    by  • July 14, 2014 • 2 Comments

    When I moved to rural Brazil for three months, carrying little more than two old duffel bags and some noble ideas, there were two things that I wanted to learn: Portuguese and jogo bonito—the Brazilian style of soccer. The first came after a solid month of silence, just listening while I figured out who...

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    League Night

    by  • July 10, 2014 • 0 Comments

    I fell in love with the idea of bowling before I fell in love with the sport itself. Technically, I’m a league member. I can’t claim to be a card-carrying member because I missed that day (seriously). I joined a bowling league three years ago, thinking that it would be funny to tell people...

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    A Day in October

    by  • July 7, 2014 • 2 Comments

    It was October 30, 2013, and I was sitting on a plane heading to Boston.  I should have been sitting in an uncomfortably small desk heading to my demise by way of a calculus quiz, but I had narrowly managed to convince my Macedonian professor to excuse my absence.  I told her that I...

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    I Hate Hockey

    by  • July 3, 2014 • 0 Comments

    For the past ten years, Quebec City has been my hometown. It is thousands of miles away from the town where I grew up in Ireland, but since 2003 it has been chez nous. And since I first found the country on the map, Canada has meant one thing to me: hockey. The first...

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    There Used To Be A Ballpark

    by  • April 10, 2014 • 0 Comments

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    “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 most prestigious tournament of his time just 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...

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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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    Enduring the Run

    by  • February 11, 2014 • 2 Comments

    Rhinohead by Jacqueline Valencia

    Running is about endurance. It’s about being crazy. It’s about keeping your brain as still as a rhinoceros before it charges towards its goal. I used to be a couch potato. Growing up, I didn’t participate much in sports or physical activity. My mom would go for the occasional run when she wanted to...

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    by  • February 6, 2014 • 0 Comments


    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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    The Round Bus with Siri: January 31st, 2014

    by  • January 31, 2014 • 0 Comments

    The Round Bus

    The Super Bowl is upon us and Sochi is around the corner. If there are two lessons to learn from these colossal events, it’s that people, actual people, don’t matter. What matters is the money you spend on the gear the sponsors are rolling out. So in lieu of having an actual person join...

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    The Future of Sport: Catching Drug Cheats

    by  • January 23, 2014 • 0 Comments


    Like a couple of gun-slingers, Major League Baseball and Alex Rodriguez have been casting pistols at each other for the past decade, ever since the playboy third baseman became a Yankee. But like most duels, there has to be a winner and a loser. A-Rod, it seems, may have cocked his last pistol. Last...

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