A seagoing golfer’s dream

One Ocean Expeditions’ Fiddles and Sticks tour combines iconic East Coast golf with great outdoor adventure and local culture

A seagoing golfer’s dreamWe’re smashing through the waves toward shore in our Zodiac. Heads lowered, shoulders braced against the wind, salt air stings the nostrils. The beach lies just ahead. We’re ready for any action. Golf action, in this case. We’re the shock troops of One Ocean Expeditions hitting the beach on Cape Breton Island in what can…

How soccer revitalizes nationalism

It’s difficult to detach the World Cup from patriotism, even among the most disenfranchised of citizens

How soccer revitalizes nationalismThe penetrating question of the 2018 World Cup of soccer is: Why do the large, powerful nations have short national anthems while the smaller countries have ones that go on forever? God Save the Queen (England) is over faster than you can say Bobby Charlton. But songs of Iceland and Peru seem more like six-part…

The Slaughter at Shinnecock … or why Phil Mickelson was right

The United States Open is supposed to be a tough but honest test of golf. Instead, it has become a travesty

The Slaughter at Shinnecock … or why Phil Mickelson was rightAs far as Phil Mickelson is concerned, the GA in USGA probably stands for “god awful.” In his putting protest against course conditions in round three of this year’s men’s U.S. Open (run by the United States Golf Association), Mickelson pitted his sterling reputation against the prestige of the USGA. It was a pyrrhic victory…

In defence of sports greatness, from Justify to the Warriors

Why is greatness supposed to take a back seat to parity, the bastard child of bloated sports in North America?

In defence of sports greatness, from Justify to the WarriorsWatching the super horse Justify cruise to the Triple Crown on Saturday by winning the Belmont Stakes in New York City was a sublime moment for lovers of sports. The three-year-old became just the 13th horse in the modern history of American thoroughbred racing to win the three jewels of racing’s Triple Crown. In a…

NFL tackled for a loss by Trump

By taking on NFL players over their anthem protests, the president shows he understands their fans better than they do

NFL tackled for a loss by TrumpThe National Football League has recast its rules about kneeling in protest during The Star Spangled Banner. As is their wont, the NFL owners made things worse, not better, with their compromise. Stated simply, players and coaches must stand for the playing of the anthem before NFL games. However, those with objections are told they…

Gambling and pro sports: a marriage made in heaven

But with so much more money to be made, the potential for mischief seems great. How do we control that mischief?

Gambling and pro sports: a marriage made in heavenIt’s been a big week for gambling. The expansion Vegas Golden Knights – home team of the Las Vegas sports books – continued hitting blackjack on their way to the Stanley Cup Final. And, in a U.S. Supreme Court ruling, the ban on sports wagering outside Nevada was struck down. Now states can allow legal…

Don’t pin the Raptors’ failure on Casey

He could’ve stood at half court performing triple salchows and it wouldn’t have convinced his players they had a chance

Don’t pin the Raptors’ failure on CaseyTeams don’t quit on their coach. They quit on each other. The biggest fraud among the reasons why Dwane Casey was fired as head coach of the Toronto Raptors has to be that his National Basketball Association team quit on him. The people who say such things simply don’t understand how a team functions, particularly…

Ah, the playoffs: LeBron’s wrecking crew act, Marchand’s licking lunacy

In the NBA, Toronto could not withstand the irresistible force that is LeBron James. In the NHL, the rule book has been abandoned

Ah, the playoffs: LeBron’s wrecking crew act, Marchand’s licking lunacyTo paraphrase that old breakup line, “It ain’t you, Toronto. It’s LeBron.” Because no one gets to break up with Toronto, the humiliation of the Raptors by LeBron James is being seen as all about Hogtown. Sad. But when you’re the centre of your own universe, you think you should be able to buy, intimidate…

To the loser go the spoils … at least when it comes to the NHL draft

Getting to the bottom is the only way to get to the top when it comes to securing quality prospects

To the loser go the spoils … at least when it comes to the NHL draft“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore all dreaming of Rasmus Dahlin.” — Words on the National Hockey League’s Statue Of Draft Liberty It was a moment of blissful self-unawareness that makes the NHL so quaint. Commissioner Gary Bettman’s wind therapist, deputy…

Slim pickings for next great Quebec NHL hockey star

Few French Canadians are prominent in modern professional hockey. What happened to the legacy of Rocket Richard?

Slim pickings for next great Quebec NHL hockey starWhile the Boston Bruins have done well enough when he was injured this season, Patrice Bergeron clearly remains the straw that stirs the Bs’ drink. The 32-year-old centre doesn’t put up Alex Ovechkin numbers but he’s the kind of difference maker every team needs. He’s helped make his linemates Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak into…

Who needs spring when you have playoffs?

Plenty of talking points as the NHL and NBA start their marathons in search of champions

Who needs spring when you have playoffs?April is best known for playoffs and spring. Seeing as how spring has failed to make an appearance so far, we shall content ourselves with the playoffs, National Hockey League and National Basketball Association variety. 1) Under Brendan Shanahan, the Toronto Maple Leafs have done most everything right. Tank. Draft well. Hire the best managers…

Baseball’s season of creative destruction

With 12 teams racing to the bottom and bonafide stars waiting for contracts, this looks to be a season of fan despair. Will the Blue Jays join the club?

Baseball’s season of creative destructionThe Major League Baseball season just began and already 12 teams have been eliminated from the playoffs. What's that, you say? We’re only three or four games into the season, how can teams already be eliminated? Yes, it’s a little early for the traditional tragic number, counting down to a team’s elimination from the playoffs.…

On thin ice: the NHL’s Canadian teams are mostly a mess

There's plenty of blame to go around but only one certainty: the nation will rally around the Toronto Maple Leafs – right?

On thin ice: the NHL’s Canadian teams are mostly a messThis has not been a vintage winter for hockey in the country that worships the game. Consider the wreckage: Canada’s National Hockey League stars were not allowed to participate in the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. The Replacements may be a swell movie, but it wasn’t a happy tale for the apple scruffs we…

Tiger Woods and golf’s moral dilemma

Tiger Woods is back and the crowds are gathering to show their appreciation, in spite of his checkered personal past

Tiger Woods and golf’s moral dilemmaIt’s hard to find someone who doesn’t disapprove of his antics away from the office. Women, in general, can’t stand him. Despite all this, we can’t take our eyes off him. Donald Trump? Maybe. But the description could also apply to Tiger Woods, the greatest golfer ever, who has made one of the more improbable…

Skipping Olympics a bridge too far for Bettman?

The NHL commissioner has kept the wolves at bay for years, but this season finds Bettman with nothing new to offer and much to lose

Skipping Olympics a bridge too far for Bettman?Don’t look now but Gary Bettman may be running out of second acts. The National Hockey League commissioner for life has spent a good deal of time pushing off the dodgy reality of his league’s place in the broadcast universe. He’s kept a marginal attraction afloat when ESPN and others ignore the league. But could…
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