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    The Death of Jogo Bonito

    by  • July 14, 2014 • Featured, Futbol, Quinn Smith, Soccer • 2 Comments

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    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 • bowling, Featured, Lisa Aitken • 0 Comments

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    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 • Baseball, Featured, Tommy McGrath • 2 Comments

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    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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    Go! Los Catrachos!

    by  • June 20, 2014 • Featured, Futbol, Justin Robertson, Soccer • 0 Comments

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    I’m cheering for Honduras. Yes, it’s the same Honduras that has the mantle of the highest murder rate in the world according to the United Nations. It’s also the same country where tourists get kidnapped from small 25-seater buses or from their hotels. This year it was reported that Honduras still has the world’s highest murder rate: in 2013 it suffered 19 murders...

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    Rainin’ Tres from the Nike Outlet Store

    by  • June 16, 2014 • Basketball, Featured, Fiction, Matthew MacLellan • 1 Comment

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    I’m not sure which profanity I used, but I remember swearing before the four of them entered earshot. It was unremarkable that two of them were wearing black dress pants and perfectly-pressed white shirts with name badges pinned to them. That they were approaching a basketball court­—really just an elevated slab of cracked pavement...

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    Two Poems

    by  • May 13, 2014 • CanLit, Featured, Hockey, Marita Dachsel, Poetry • 0 Comments

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    Alberta Avenue In the darkness, a pair of brothers emerge, gliding along the sidewalk. Dinnertime, but in Edmonton winters it could be midnight. These imps own the block. Battered hand-me-down skates, good-will jackets, no need for helmets. For this evening their world is a skating rink, they ecstatic in this trick of the weather,...

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    Twitter and the Playoffs

    by  • May 5, 2014 • Avi Goldberg, Basketball, Featured, Hockey • 0 Comments

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    What Ron MacLean, Matt Cooke, Donald Sterling, and the Internet Do For Us After an exceptionally long and cold winter, the North American sports scene exploded in a sudden heat in the past few weeks. First, Minnesota Wild forward Matt Cooke strayed from his public commitment to reform himself when he exacted such serious physical damage on an...

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    The Habs Can Save Quebec

    by  • April 8, 2014 • Featured, Hockey, Mike Spry, Politics • 0 Comments

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    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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    From Boyfriend to Fanboy: Strombo and the New Hockey Night in Canada

    by  • March 17, 2014 • Avi Goldberg, Featured, Hockey • 0 Comments

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    After days of speculation, the announcement was made that, starting next year, George Stroumboulopoulos will replace Ron MacLean as host of CBC’s Hockey Night In Canada. Coming months after the massive new Canadian NHL TV rights deal, this was the first indication of what Rogers, the new national hockey content provider, would do with...

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