Category Archives: Sports

The Sorry State of Sports in Toronto

So the NHL playoff’s have started and again and we were serenaded with apologies from the Toronto Maple Leafs. “We are sorry”! We are sorry that you continue to support us no matter how bad we are. We are so sorry that we gave you the impression that we were going to make it to the playoffs. Yes, we are so sorry.

As we all know Toronto fans will continue to support the “Gospel of TML”. Yes, the investor gods will continue to push the hockey seed of faith to believers, while fans continue to trust that there is actually hope for The Toronto Maple Leafs. Hey, you know the Stanley Cup is ours next year!

Rogers and BCE now own it all!

The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan said it is selling its 79.5 stake in Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, which owns a prized collection of some of the most valuable sports assets in Canada’s largest city. Who is the buyer? Rogers and BCE (Bell), who will not own it all. With the two largest telecom and media companies, in Canada, taking control of the Toronto sports many have begun to wonder what this means. Will we finally get an investment in actually winning? Or is this merely two large media companies attempting to bring more premium content to sports hungry fans in Toronto? BCE now has more sports programming for TSN. Also, the deal brings Rogers, owner of the Toronto Blue Jays baseball club, more content to Sportsnet. I am curious what this may mean for other media outlets. For those who have decided to cut the cable will this mean less content availability? Since they are almost an oligopoly, in the Toronto area, we simply have no choice. On the other side of the coin, this may have been the lesser of the two evils. 

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English only for the LPGA? Imagine the Olympics for the few?

Jan Stephenson knew what she was about to say was going to get her in trouble. So the former star of women’s golf did not just say it, she went blazing into the minefield of a looming political debate with the bombshell declaration that “the Asians are killing our tour.”

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LPGA and accusations of racism – what were they thinking? Just have the best players, play! Unless they want an English only club?

LPGA seems to have created public relations mess

Mark Herrmann
August 27, 2008

It is hard to say which ideal gets trampled more by the LPGA’s new speak-English-or-you’re-out policy, the spirit of golf or the spirit of America. Either way, the women’s professional golf tour has turned a no-win situation into a big loss.

A little hint that this was going to be trouble was the way it came out. The LPGA didn’t hold a news conference. Instead, it leaked in a hard-hitting story on Golfweek magazine’s Web site. The gist is this: The LPGA, worried about losing interest among fans and sponsors, said it will suspend players who can’t pass an English oral exam after two years on tour.

This appears aimed directly at South Koreans, who represent 45 of the 121 international players on the tour and who – British Women’s Open champion Ji-Yai Shin and U.S. Women’s Open champion Inbee Park, to name two – are dominating. The rule is not mean-spirited, but it sure does head the tour down an awfully icy slope without brakes.

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Like lightning, Bolt sets record in Olympic 200m

By EDDIE PELLS – 2 hours ago

BEIJING (AP) — Usain Bolt. Insane speed.

The Jamaican wunderkind hurtled to his second world record and his second Olympic gold medal, finishing the 200-meter race Wednesday night in 19.30 seconds to break Michael Johnson’s 12-year-old mark.

Bolt became the first man to break the world record in both the 100 and 200 at the same Olympics. Not since Carl Lewis in 1984 has any man doubled in the Olympic 100 and 200.

He had this one won about halfway through, but unlike his record-setting performance in the 100 four nights before, there was no hot-dogging, no celebrating until he crossed the line. He went hard all the way, looking at the clock down the stretch, leaning at the line, knowing that Johnson’s venerable mark was within reach.

When he saw the number come up — a number that never has before — he raised his arms, then fell flat to his back, arms and legs outstreched, and basked in the roar of the Bird’s Nest crowd.

It is no understatement to call him not just “The World’s Fastest Man,” but maybe the greatest sprinter of all time.

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Canada wins gold in men’s 8 rowing

Canada wins gold in mens 8

Canada wins gold in men's 8

BEIXIAOYING TOWN, China (AP) — Canada has won the gold medal in men’s eight rowing, becoming the first world champion crew to follow up with Olympic gold in 35 years.

Kevin Light, Ben Rutledge, Andrew Byrnes, Jake Wetzel, Malcolm Howard, Dominic Seiterle, Adam Kreek, Kyle Hamilton and coxswain Brian Price won on Sunday in 5 minutes, 23.89 seconds.

The British crew of Alex Partridge, Tom Stallard, Tom Lucy, Richard Egington, Josh West, Alastair Heathcote, Matt Langridge, Colin Smith and coxswain Acer Nethercott took the silver medal in 5:25.11.

The Americans followed their gold medal in the Athens Games with the bronze medal. Beau Hoopman, Matt Schnobrich, Micah Boyd, Wyatt Allen, Daniel Walsh, Steven Coppola, Josh Inman, Bryan Volpenhein and coxswain Marcus McElhenney finished in 5:25.34.

Jamaican clean sweep in Women’s 100m

Shelly-Ann Fraser and a clean sweep for Jamaica

Shelly-Ann Fraser and a clean sweep for Jamaica

Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser won the gold medal in the Women’s 100m with a personal best time of 10.78 seconds at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

Fraser led from the start to finish, well clear of her compatriots Sherone Simpson and Kerron Stewart, who won silver together in identical times of 10.98s.

Silver medalist Sherone Simpson commented on the Jamaican clean sweep of the medals, “We made history. Just like yesterday Bolt [Usain Bolt, Jamaica] set a new world record. We are all great athletes and I’m very excited about the tremendous achievement we’ve made for our country.”

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Usain Bolt – Had he pulled out all stops the clocks would have cried out for mercy

Time stood still in the Birds Nest last night. The clock at first registered 9.68sec just as Usain Bolt was hurtling across the finishing line and heading with jet-propelled shoes towards the stands on the far side of the track. When it was adjusted to a mere 9.69sec, in the interests of modesty, 91,000 people still rubbed their eyes in astonishment not just at the new world record time but at the fact that the new Olympic champion was showboating 10m before the finish. Had he pulled out all the stops, the clock would have cried out for mercy.

There were conflicting images of this memorable and almost mystical night. One was of the two other Jamaicans in the field, Michael Frater and Asafa Powell, fifth and sixth respectively, standing shoulder to shoulder looking up in bewilderment at the big screen, first at the times and then at the replay of the fastest 100m in history, in which they had barely played bit parts. In the meantime, the new champion was cavorting with a legion of Jamaican fans 100m away.

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Usain Bolt - 100m winner at 9.6sec.

Usain Bolt - 100m winner at 9.6sec.