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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

    Twitter piece

    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


    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


    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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    In the Absence of Lidstrom

    by  • March 6, 2014 • E Martin Nolan, Hockey • 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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    The Round Bus with Siri: January 31st, 2014

    by  • January 31, 2014 • Baseball, Basketball, Dave Jaffer, Football, Hockey, Ian Orti, Mike Spry, The Round Bus • 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 Round Bus with Alex Wong: January 17, 2014

    by  • January 17, 2014 • Alex Wong, Baseball, Basketball, CanLit, Dave Jaffer, Football, Futbol, Hockey, Ian Orti, Mike Spry • 0 Comments

    The Round Bus

    We were away, now we’re back. Don’t make a big deal about it… Our guest this week is Alex Wong. Alex is originally from Hong Kong, came to Toronto when he was in Grade 3 because his dad promised him that Dragon Ball Z was popular in Canada as well. When his dad was...

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    The Round Bus with Marty Sartini Garner: December 6th, 2013

    by  • December 6, 2013 • Dave Jaffer, Football, Hockey, Ian Orti, Marty Sartini Garner, Mike Spry, Olympics, Politics, The Round Bus • 0 Comments

    The Round Bus

    “Sport has the power to change the world…it has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair. It is more powerful than government in breaking...

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    The Round Bus with Rob Maguire: November 29, 2013

    by  • November 29, 2013 • Avi Goldberg, Baseball, Dave Jaffer, Football, Hockey, Ian Orti, Mike Spry, Politics, Rob Maguire, The Round Bus • 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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    The Round Bus with Justin Robertson: November 22nd, 2013

    by  • November 22, 2013 • Basketball, Dave Jaffer, Football, Futbol, Hockey, Ian Orti, Justin Robertson, Mike Spry, Politics, Soccer, The Round Bus • 0 Comments

    The Round Bus

    As a frequent reader of The Barnstormer, you may have noticed our behaviour has been erratic of late. For example, sometimes a Round Bus goes up a wee bit late, ahem. But fear not dear Barn-folk. Everything is just fine. We’re working on a reboot for the new year, an aesthetic overhaul, a new...

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