Rocky Marciano vs Sugar Ray Robinson

Rocky Marciano retired undefeated while Sugar Ray went into a long decline

Rocky Marciano vs Sugar Ray RobinsonWhen professional boxing was still a mainstream sport, it often caught the fancy of young boys who’d immerse themselves in the newspaper build-up to championship fights and root passionately for their favourites. And because it’s natural to identify with a winner, you often adopted whoever was the heavyweight champion at the time your interest was…

WNBA is what all professional sports should be like

The league has chosen to do things the right way, with tremendous integrity and a great product

WNBA is what all professional sports should be likeBeing a sports fan is interesting. There are certain teams and athletes to whom we willingly give the utmost devotion, and others we despise. Some sports we find thrilling, others are baffling, and some we just cannot connect with. I’ve always loved basketball, as a player, as a coach, and as a fan. There is…

Running Everest Marathon takes a community to reach your goals

Edmontonian Kate Storey ran the 42.2-km Everest Marathon. It took her seven and a half hours

Running Everest Marathon takes a community to reach your goals  When you hear stories about Everest, they usually involve people trying to get up the mountain. Not for Kate Storey. At the end of May, she ran the Everest Marathon – a 42.2-km race down the mountain from Everest’s South Base Camp that took her seven and a half hours. She finished as the second-quickest international…

Innovative teacher brings skateboarding into class

New program allows students to create their own skateboard brand and business for high school credit

Innovative teacher brings skateboarding into classUniversity of Alberta grad Kristian Basaraba, ’01 BEd, has been skateboarding for over 30 years. But the high school teacher never thought he’d be leaning so heavily on the sport in the classroom. In 2019, he started the Sk8trepreneur program at Salisbury Composite High School in Sherwood Park, Alta., challenging students to create their own…

Making a strong case for more phys-ed in Canadian schools

Students with daily activity requirements are physically and emotionally healthier and perform better academically

Making a strong case for more phys-ed in Canadian schoolsJosh Fullan is the executive director of Maximum City, a national education and engagement organization based in Toronto. He recently wrote a compelling opinion piece on the need for more physical education in schools for The Globe and Mail. Fullan outlines the physical, mental and academic benefits of regular exercise. He emphasizes the academic and…

World Cup games a boondoggle for taxpayers

Politicians shouldn’t be wasting tax dollars on their political vanity project

World Cup games a boondoggle for taxpayersConsider this: for every minute that Toronto and Vancouver host World Cup games, taxpayers will be on the hook for $644,000. Last week, Canadians learned that Toronto and Vancouver had been tapped to host five World Cup games each as part of North America’s bid for the 2026 World Cup. Politicians in both cities have…

F1 driver Sebastian Vettel’s oil sands criticism rife with hypocrisy

Car racing relies on oil and gas. Canada should be the choice supplier, rather than nations like Saudi Arabia

F1 driver Sebastian Vettel’s oil sands criticism rife with hypocrisyGerman Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel sat on a podium in Montreal last week in gear emblazoned with his sponsor logos – including Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) oil giant Saudi Aramco, owned by the tyranny state of Saudi Arabia – and told reporters that Alberta’s oil sands is “criminal.” He had arrived earlier…

The incredible, emotional and inspirational journey of Thunder Rosa

Rosa is a tour de force in pro wrestling. She’s tough, quick, agile, intelligent and fiercely competitive

The incredible, emotional and inspirational journey of Thunder RosaMany pro wrestlers have unique backstories. The incredible, emotional and inspirational journey of Melissa “Thunder Rosa” Cervantes is possibly the most unique of them all. She was born in Tijuana, Mexico, in 1986. It’s a country where lucha libre has helped turn average folk into wrestling royalty. High-flying masked superstars like Mil Máscaras, El Santo,…

Greed drives pro golfers to align with Saudi sportswashers

LIV Tour is a PR tool for a reprehensible government seeking to wash away its human rights abuse

Greed drives pro golfers to align with Saudi sportswashersThe things people will do for money … The way Greg Norman, Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Graeme McDowell and other professional golfers tap dance while trying to come up with reasons to justify their move to the new LIV Tour is embarrassing. The LIV Tour has nothing to do with growing the game of golf,…

The willingness to fail is key to success in sports

Accepting that you can fail leads you to handling failure during a competition

The willingness to fail is key to success in sportsAs an athlete, coach and sports fan, I’ve long been enamoured with the subject of confidence in sports, more specifically, how you get it and maintain it. I’ve been equally enamoured with the phenomenon of choking in the sports arena. Why do our minds sometimes sabotage our efforts to perform well by feeding us self-doubt…

Rich Strike strikes it rich at the Kentucky Derby

This year's Kentucky Derby produced a great moment in horse racing history

Rich Strike strikes it rich at the Kentucky DerbyThis past Saturday’s 148th Kentucky Derby, one of the three jewels of the American Triple Crown with the Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes, produced a great moment in horse racing history. It’s a heartwarming tale of a longshot horse that barely made it into the race, and a trio of individuals who had never participated…

Why don’t Canadian broadcasters love the beautiful game?

Being a true football fan in Canada has been a pretty lonely existence

Why don’t Canadian broadcasters love the beautiful game?Thirty-six years ago last week, the Calgary Flames scored one of their most famous triumphs – a 3-2 Game 7 playoff victory over the defending Stanley Cup champion Edmonton Oilers. Back then I was sports editor of the Calgary Sun, and that playoff run to the finals (Calgary lost to Montreal in five games) consumed…

College sports faces a growing mental health crisis

Perfectionism has been shown to be a leading cause of depression and, thus, suicide

College sports faces a growing mental health crisisAs Shalise Manza Young pointed out in a recent column for Yahoo! Sports, at least five National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) athletes in the United States have died by suicide in the last couple of months. One young person committing suicide is a tragedy. Five young student-athletes with bright futures taking their lives in such…

Analytics destroying baseball’s entertainment value

Fans left with an increasingly boring game

Analytics destroying baseball’s entertainment valueI don’t hate baseball analytics or their use by crafty baseball operations folks. I look at analytics gurus like Billy Beane, Theo Epstein and Andrew Friedman as smart guys who figured out how to exploit market inefficiencies in the game. But they’ve also inadvertently damaged the game as a fan experience and entertainment product. There’s…

Cody Rhodes has found pro wrestling redemption

His father never won the WWE World Championship. Will he?

Cody Rhodes has found pro wrestling redemptionIn William Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure, the intensity and raw emotion of personal redemption is contained in Isabella’s line to Angelo from Act II, Scene 2: “Why, all the souls that are were forfeit once; “And He that might the vantage best have took “Found out the remedy.” The true remedy to the struggles some…
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