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…

CFL: The Dark League Rises (again)

The three-down football league seems to move from one episode of crisis to another. But every spring it emerges again, despite its critics – and itself

CFL: The Dark League Rises (again)Like the Batman franchise, the Canadian Football League has had many faces and plenty of near-death experiences. And like the caped crusader, the CFL has familiar nemeses, predictable plot lines and a miraculous escape at the end of every story line. So working up alarm for the CFL is pointless. It was here when we…

Multi-millionaire LeBron James embraces victimhood

The absurdity of a man worth hundreds of millions of dollars playing the race card is truly dismaying

As Game One of the NBA Finals turned into a runaway, ABC/ESPN (owned by Disney Corp.) decided to liven things up with a teaching moment. The otherwise excellent reporter, Doris Burke, was summoned court-side to remind everyone that LeBron James’s home had been spray-painted with the N word. James had already opined to media: “It goes…

Finals fantasy: NHL, NBA go head to head

While the NBA is evolving into the soccer model of a few elite teams contesting the title, the NHL is content with its anyone-can-win philosophy

Finals fantasy: NHL, NBA go head to headThe NBA Finals feature the two best teams in the league, with star-studded lineups. The NHL Stanley Cup Final is a surprise with highly-rated Pittsburgh and wild card Nashville that finished in the middle of the playoff pack. On the surface, you’d say the National Basketball Association got it right while the National Hockey League did something…

The sports world’s TV-fed money pipeline is drying up

Young viewers are tuning out TV networks and turning to tablets or phones for their live sports. Even worse, many are ignoring sports completely

The sports world’s TV-fed money pipeline is drying upThe Toronto Blue Jays are nearing a point of decision on a number of their highly-paid players. Will the 2017 edition of the club be worth preserving? Or is it time to unload Josh Donaldson, José Bautista, Troy Tulowitzki and others at the trade deadline? Even if the club is clinging to faint post-season hopes,…

May Mayhem: NHL post-season gets nastier

Around the league during the race for the Stanley Cup: Is Subban too pricey for his contributions? Why can't Ovechkin get the Capitals over the hump?

May Mayhem: NHL post-season gets nastierLooking for a National Hockey League catch phrase to describe the third round of the playoffs? How about May Mayhem? Apparently the stick work of April was not enough. This month’s lawless behaviour permitted by the league is checking from behind into the boards. Games have been a festival of players being pitched face-first into…

Bad to the bone: why the NHL can’t clean up its act

The league just can’t help itself. Despite pledges to free up the game, we endure reform and recidivism on flow of play, minor fouls, major fouls, video reviews

Bad to the bone: why the NHL can’t clean up its actIn criminology they call it recidivism – the tendency of criminals to re-offend, revert to the norm, as it were. While there’s much noise about rehabilitation, a certain percentage of the usual suspects end up precisely where we found them. Bad to the bone. So recidivism might be the best way to explain the National…
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