• About Mike Spry

    Mike Spry is a writer, editor, and columnist who has written for The Toronto Star, Maisonneuve, and The Smoking Jacket, among others. He is the author of JACK (Snare Books, 2008), which was shortlisted for the 2009 Quebec Writers’ Federation A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry, and he was longlisted for the 2010 Journey Prize. The short story collection Distillery Songs (Insomniac Press, 2011) was shortlisted for the 2012 ReLit Award. He lives in Wakefield, Quebec. His most recent work is the poetry collection Bourbon & Eventide from Invisible Publishing.


    The Habs Can Save Quebec

    by  • April 8, 2014 • Featured, Hockey, Mike Spry, Politics • 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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    Of Love and Leafs Nation

    by  • May 14, 2013 • Features, Hockey, Mike Spry • 0 Comments


    I HAVE A THEORY THAT FIRST LOVE doesn’t count. How can it? What do you know about something as impossible as love the first time? Hell, what do you know the second? Or third? When my first love broke up with me, I was devastated. Or so I thought. I drank. I caroused. I...

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    Staged Fights and Blind Men

    by  • March 11, 2013 • Features, Hockey, Mike Spry • 2 Comments


    DURING THE NHL LOCKOUT those of us cursed with both an unhealthy affection for the league and just enough self-loathing to stay informed on a daily basis, found ourselves inundated with union rhetoric. The players were united. They were a brotherhood. After late night CBA negotiations with the evil owners, they would retire to...

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    Time for the CBC to Put Don Cherry to Bed (Redux)

    by  • February 25, 2013 • Features, Hockey, Mike Spry • 6 Comments


    For this week’s column I was poised to write a response to Don Cherry’s latest uninformed, naïve, and strangely jingoistic and insulated Coach’s Corner rant. I hadn’t seen the segment, having re-allocated the time once spent during the Hockey Night in Canada telecast watching Cherry to checking email, topping up adult beverages, and sketching...

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    Judging Torii Hunter: Tolerance in Sport

    by  • January 2, 2013 • Baseball, Mike Spry • 1 Comment


    TORII HUNTER IS AN ASSHOLE — a vicious, ignorant, weak, and righteous asshole. If I was a Detroit Tiger, I would find it difficult, as a Christian, to have an asshole like Torii Hunter in my clubhouse. Given my Christian teachings and learning, I would find it uncomfortable to share team meals, shower, or...

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    The Return of Dodger Blue

    by  • August 30, 2012 • Baseball, Features, Mike Spry • 0 Comments


    LATE LAST FRIDAY NIGHT, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Boston Red Sox made what is perhaps the largest trade in baseball history, in terms of the contractual obligations involved and the status of the players leaving the chaos of Red Sox Nation for the perhaps once again temple of Chavez Ravine. Adrian Gonzalez,...

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    A Minor Bird

    by  • August 21, 2012 • Baseball, Features, Mike Spry • 3 Comments

    Sad Sad Ricky Romero

    “The fault must partly have been in me. The bird was not to blame for his key.” — Robert Frost ABOUT A YEAR AGO I moved from Montreal to Toronto, and as I watch the summer fade to fall from the distant resort and perspective of a rural cottage, I’m not entirely sure as...

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