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What to do with no sports on tonight

- July 17th, 2013

So sports fans, you have two whole nights off from the four biggest North American sports league  – two of the three days in your average calendar year. It used to only be two, but baseball decided to extend their break by a day.

Quick Tangent: That was always one of my favourite trivia questions. ‘What are the only two days of the year when there are no major sports played?’

Of course, this doesn’t account for the other “fringe” sports that are going on. The Tour de France is about halfway done. There’s a tennis tournament in Sweden, but none of the big names are there. MLS is has a couple of tonight, but I doubt that you want to stay up to watch TFC play at 10:30 p.m. against a team – Chivas USA – that is equally bad as they are. The British Open starts Thursday, but that again is accompanied by a rather painful start time – the first tee-off is 1:32 a.m. EDT.

There’s also some CFL, I’m told, but who cares about that?

So what’re you going to do with all your free time? Here are some suggestions.

-You could go outside. You know, the place that they play sports. Maybe you can even organize a game of your own. Just remember to stay hydrated. It’s damn hot out there.

-Speaking of staying hydrated, you could go out and hit a patio for some adult bevies with your pals. This of course applies to either after you play some sports or even without partaking. There’s nothing better than sharing a pitcher to beat the heat with some buddies.

-Or, and this is probably the best idea for some, you could go on a date with your usually emotionally neglected significant other. They have to spend a lot of nights putting up with you sitting around watching one of our local teams likely lose, why not treat them for their patience?

But, whatever you do, don’t sit around and watch reality television. It’s bad enough that there are as many “Real Housewives” shows as there are.

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Comparing the Liberals’ demise to sports

- May 3rd, 2011

After watching the Canadian federal Liberal party get absolutely crushed during Monday’s election, I tried to think of a sports comparison of what just happened. Well, there’re a few different routes you could go with this one.
 
Michael Ignatieff took over a party that was doing fine and led the, straight into the gutter. Sounds like just about every crappy GM or coach in every league, right? Well how about taking a team from second best in the league to the proverbial lottery? That takes some skill. It actually sounds like coaching job that Brad Childress did with the Vikings this past season.
 
You could go and compare the party and/or its leader to a completely inept team/person. The Clippers come to mind, but at least they have Blake Griffin. John Ferguson Jr. ran the Leafs into the ground, but at least some of his picks somewhat turned out alright. Then again, the best example has to former Detroit Lions GM Matt Millen, who ruined his team for years and seemingly couldn’t get fired for it. Both Millen and Ignatieff are now in the unemployment queue.
 
You could argue that a one-season drop like the Cleveland Cavaliers or Arizona Cardinals had this year should qualify, but both lost key members to their teams and we can’t saw the same for the Grits.
 
How about how completely untrustworthy Ignatieff came off? In sports there’re a lot of weasels out there. Even just googling “NCAA” and “scandal” might overload the search browser.
 
Or, you could compare Ignatieff’s collapse to someone or a team just falling apart. You don’t even have to look back that far to find a good parallel here: Rory McIlroy was cruising along just fine towards his goal (winning vs. keeping Harper out of complete power) in this year’s Masters until the final round (election) when he completely and utterly fell apart. Sounds kind of like the outcome of the election right?
 
It’s a little bit sad that there’re so many comparisons to be made about losers like the Liberal party in the election. But that’s the beauty and cruelty of sports: In the end, there’s only one team that stands victorious and a whole bunch of losers. Such is the case with politics, too.
 
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Where is the Masters?

- April 8th, 2011

What’s up with the lack of early coverage for the Masters? For some reason, it’s impossible to find any sort of TV coverage of the early tee times and of the front nine. No matter which day of the tournament it is, stations will only start broadcasting around 3 p.m. EST. Quite curious when you consider this is pretty much the biggest golf tournament of the year and certainly the most prestigious.

So, asking around the newsroom, I’ve gotten two answers, neither of which make much sense.

1. The front nine at Augusta isn’t nearly as nice as the back nine.
2. This is the way that it has always been.

The first answer is pretty bogus. I’m sure that every course that the PGA plays on its tour, let alone the grandest event of them all, is of high enough standard to be broadcast. And if it wasn’t, then why are photographers allowed to take pictures on the front nine? Wouldn’t that show all the pot holes and poor designs? This couldn’t possibly be the real reason.

Second, in advanced times like these, with the amazing advances in TV and Internet technology, you cannot say that you won’t advance yourself because “this is the way we’ve always done it.” If newspaper stuck to this plan, they’d be going extinct at even greater rate. How can anything these days refuse to advance themselves?

So PGA, get your stuff together. There are many, MANY people out there who want to watch an entire day of Masters coverage. Let’s not make people wait until 3 p.m. when they already know what’s going on. There’s other sport that would think of this plan. Would the NFL ever skip the first half of a game then show highlights and the second half? Of course not.

This is just sheer stupidity wrapped in the veil of “Tradition.”

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One hell of a week for sports

- April 4th, 2011

Working in the sports department, this is one of those weeks that you both hate to love and love to hate. Just think about how much is going in this span of seven days. Well, it’s kind of actually eight days, but who cares?
 
First of all, three of North America’s biggest sports are in progress. Major League Baseball is just warming up – I’m sure with plenty of Boston Red Sox fans in a state of panic already over their 0-3 start – but look at the NHL and NBA right now. Both puck and hoops are at the most critical part of their seasons: The stretch run to the playoffs. It’s the last week of the NHL season and plenty of playoff spots are still up for grabs. Heck, even the Leafs aren’t mathematically eliminated yet.
 
In the NBA, the races at the bottom of the post-season spots aren’t nearly as interesting as those at the top. The Spurs and Celtics are both faltering, the Lakers are as hot as ever (despite losing on Sunday) and the Bulls are trying to lock up No. 1 in the East.  Unlike in the NHL, where an eight seed seems to always get hot and go on a deep playoff run, seeding and home court advantage actually matters in the NBA and following this amazing regular season, the playoff should be fantastic.
 
Monday night, we get to watch the grand finale of March Madness. For the second year in a row, Butler has made a Cinderella run to the final, even without its best player from 2010. They’ll face off against UConn, who is lead by Kemba Walker, probably the best player in the tournament. The Huskies are favoured – and should win – but I wouldn’t bet against the Bulldogs. The Huskies, after all, didn’t look too hot against Kentucky on Saturday.
 
Later this week, one of the year’s most prestigious sporting events kicks off when the Masters starts on Thursday. If somebody offers you a Tiger vs. the field bet this year and they’re fine with Woods, gladly take the field and the sucker’s money. The legend doesn’t have a chance this year.
 
And, of course, who could forget about Sunday night’s Wrestlemania? We even got to see the Rock lay close out the show by laying out both John Cena and The Miz in the main event while the Undertaker kept his ’Mania winning streak alive at 19-0.
 
What a week indeed.
 
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Tiger’s back on the prowl

- August 24th, 2010

So Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren are now divorced. Yawn. Wake up me up when the news comes out about how much money she got for a few years by his philandering side.

This is one of the richest athletes in the history of sports we’re talking about here. And, as far as any report I’ve read says, there’s no prenup.

So, after this long-awaited split, we can probably say that Elin is now the richest nanny in the world.