Tiger tees up a debate about juiced golf balls

On the verge of another comeback, the once-dominant Woods wants to level the fairway by mandating a tamer ball

Tiger tees up a debate about juiced golf ballsIt will be eight years this U.S. Thanksgiving since the golf shot heard around the world. Hard to believe it’s been that long since Tiger Woods’ wife Elin practised her short game on the back of his car in response to his infidelity. Things have only gotten tougher for Tiger since that ill-fated night. Injuries…

Sports may have reached its TV saturation point

With the exception of a few remarkable spectacles like the current World Series, major sports tend to be omnipresent but monotonous

Sports may have reached its TV saturation pointThe buck stops at the top. In Major League Baseball, however, the buck stops at the start of next season. Faced with a tough call on whether to suspend Houston’s Yuli Gurriel for making a derogatory Asian gesture to L.A. Dodger pitcher Yu Darvish, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred decided to split the baby. Manfred suspended…

Wouldn’t it be great to tone down the superlatives in sports?

The five-letter word great has become the most overworked superlative in sports

Wouldn’t it be great to tone down the superlatives in sports?There was never any doubt. As he rounded third base in the ninth inning on Saturday, Houston Astros second baseman José Altuvé was going to be out by at least 10 feet at home. The diminutive Altuvé was trying to score from first base on a hit into the right-centre gap by Carlos Correa. With…

Dissing female sports reporters is just equal treatment

Charlotte Observer reporter Jourdan Rodrique was treated like almost all reporters are treated by most athletes. With disdain

Dissing female sports reporters is just equal treatmentHe was who we thought he was. Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton took up residence in a barrel of his own construction last week. Responding to a postgame question from a female Charlotte Observer reporter about passing routes, Newton responded, “It’s funny to hear a female talk about routes. It’s funny.” It was the sort…

The brutal truth about football’s waning popularity

As devastating hits and debilitating injuries rise, football faces a diminished audience. Can the sport curb its most violent tendencies and survive?

The brutal truth about football’s waning popularityThe news that the National Football League's TV ratings are dropping – down 11 per cent from the previous season – has been greeted with all sorts of interpretations. Many attribute the drop to the recent spate of social justice protests by players and some coaches in the NFL. A lot of people (68 per…

NFL star’s racism narrative falling apart

Seattle Seahawks' Michael Bennett claims that Vegas cops took him down because of his colour refuted by video evidence

NFL star’s racism narrative falling apartAre you a millionaire athlete in a scrape with the police? Caught in a place where you shouldn’t be Running from the law when ordered to stay still? Then dial 1-800-CRY-RACISM. You’ll experience a soft landing from a forgiving media. That was the strategy of Seattle Seahawks star Michael Bennett recently in Las Vegas. Bennett…

Hamilton’s desperate third-down gamble

What were the Ticats thinking? Hiring someone who looked the other way as his stars engaged in sordid behaviour would never get a generous hearing

Hamilton’s desperate third-down gambleWhen people you know do curious things, it’s always hard to reconcile the act with the person. I was thinking of that recently as the Hamilton Tiger-Cats publicly lost touch with their senses, hiring a toxic former Baylor University coach to repair their imploding Canadian Football League team. Art Briles had been ensnarled in a…

ESPN, the Worldwide Leader in overreaction

So consumed with progressive propriety was the network that it imagined that a few fevered opinions would destroy it

ESPN, the Worldwide Leader in overreactionHistory, as Karl Marx observed, repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce. For those playing along at home, we’re knee-deep into an Oscar Wilde-like farce of professional sports. Saturday night, the Conor McGregor/Floyd Mayweather bout was deemed a resounding success – mostly because it didn’t suck as badly as the pundits had predicted. In…

Newspeak and the dystopian world of the CFL

The benign endorsement of the Liberal’s Diversity Is Strength dogma puts the league in the political spotlight – where it doesn’t belong

Newspeak and the dystopian world of the CFLReaders of George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984 might have been unsettled by the appearance this week of Canadian Football League coaches and players sporting T-shirts that declared Diversity Is Strength. Apparently, the CFL has adopted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s catch-all immigration slogan to celebrate the varied races, ethnicities and languages spoken by the players, officials…

Can Shapovalov court lasting success?

Canada’s emerging tennis star showed plenty of dynamism at the Rogers Cup, but greatness will be only be conferred if he can repeat that success

Can Shapovalov court lasting success?We have seen the future of tennis and his name is Denis Shapovalov. Okay, that might be an exaggeration. But the emergence of the 18-year-old player on the national consciousness over a few steamy nights in August was enough to get the imaginations of Canadians racing. To tennis people, Shapovalov is no mystery. He’s been…

A Bolt of lightning seared into our memories

Usain Bolt, the greatest sprinter the world has ever seen, has retired but his legacy will endure. He defined great in every sense of the word

A Bolt of lightning seared into our memories“Now you will not swell the rout Of lads that wore their honours out, Runners whom renown outran And the name died before the man.” – To An Athlete Dying Young,  A.E. Housman Usain Bolt did not die on Saturday on London. It just felt like it. The greatest sprinter the world has even seen…

The NBA’s new power dynamic and what it can teach the NHL

Superstars uniting to create superteams offends those in the NHL who see dominant clubs as contrary to the spirit of expanded leagues and marketable logos

The NBA’s new power dynamic and what it can teach the NHLMid-July is not commonly thought of as basketball season. But the reworking of the NBA’s power dynamic sis encroaching on the turf of MLB and NFL camps opening this week. The big news last week was that National Basketball Association all-star guard Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers reportedly doesn’t want to be pals with…

Target practice: finding the right golf rangefinder

Hand-held laser units and wrist watches that give distances dominate the market. We tested both technologies to see which best serves the needs of golfers

Target practice: finding the right golf rangefinderThere’s a story – probably apocryphal – about the notoriously fastidious German golfer Bernhard Langer. According to the legend, Langer asked his caddy for a distance on a shot he was about to make. “It’s 145 yards from the sprinkler head,” replied the caddy. “Is that 145 yards from the front of the sprinkler head…

The Blue Jay way: to sell or persevere?

If a post-season berth is unlikely for Toronto, it may be time to dump aging, costly players and begin building for the future

The Blue Jay way: to sell or persevere?Last spring, Rogers Communications had a big problem. In the first year of its massive new National Hockey League deal, not one Canadian team made the playoffs. Television and online ratings tanked, fans tuned out, and sponsors had to be massaged. Lots of people lost their jobs. It was the worst possible start for the…

Pitchers’ careers balance on a thin ligament

Baseball teams and their medical people have reduced workloads, refined mechanics and changed diets to get the most out of their pitchers. To no avail

Pitchers’ careers balance on a thin ligamentWhen I was a kid, my baseball hero was Mickey Lolich, the MVP of the 1968 World Series for the Detroit Tigers. Lolich was something less than a fitness fanatic – he loved donuts – who learned to throw left-handed when he broke his right shoulder as a child. When his teammate Denny McLain faltered…