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

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

Multi-millionaire LeBron James embraces victimhoodAs 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…

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…

What’s so clever about these leftist strategies?

If the left is so clever, how come the man they call a moron or a narcissist waxed them in the election against St. Hillary?

What’s so clever about these leftist strategies?Consider the George W. Bush paradox. According to the attack strategy employed by Michael Moore and his pals, U.S. president #43 was either capable of the most intricate conspiracies the world has ever known or he was a blithering idiot. How could Bush be both evil genius and town fool? Depending on the day, marshmallow…

Left’s belief in free market of ideas honoured only in the breach

What is even more disturbing is the incestuous relationship between the left and vast tracts of the legacy media

Left’s belief in free market of ideas honoured only in the breachThere’s a liberal truism that goes, people can believe anything they want – so long as it’s the same thing. As the Women’s March On Washington amply demonstrated, the left’s free market in ideas and opinions is honoured more in the breach than in the observance. The robust turnout last weekend is a classic example…

Donald Trump outfoxes his critics – again

From a new Supreme Court justice to immigration, the U.S. president has a sense of what's needed – and what his constituents truly want

Donald Trump outfoxes his critics – againU.S. President Donald Trump must have sold his soul. In his run to the White House, he was repeatedly and unexpectedly rescued. And engaged in an alley fight of his own making on immigration, the new president was handed a reprieve for his beleaguered executive-order rollout. With his competence in question over confusion at America’s borders,…

“Progressives” turn to scare tactics against Trump

When you can’t argue the issues that got you dumped by Trump, then you go scare tactics. That's the progressive way

“Progressives” turn to scare tactics against TrumpAlthough Donald Trump has been inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States, a vocal portion of his electorate has decided it will not be so. “Not my president” say the sociology sophomores at Brandeis. More than 65 Democrats in Congress sat out the ceremony. If you were among those optimists who thought that…

Obama’s dreams were built in quicksand

Obama's legacy will always be judged by the yawning chasm of unfulfilled expectations, one that allowed Donald Trump to ascend to the Presidency

Obama’s dreams were built in quicksandIt seems fitting that, as Barack Obama tried to put lipstick on his eight years as the U.S.’s first black president, Donald Trump was the one the U.S. media really wanted to talk about. If anyone had made the rude real-estate mogul into a president-elect, it was Obama himself. While Obama waxed eloquent in Chicago…

The press is losing touch with the real world – and its audience

The line between editorial and opinion has disappeared, carried away by crusaders who see reporting as a calling to advance causes, not facts

The press is losing touch with the real world – and its audienceThe new year has begun in much the same way 2016 expired: in a debate about news and fake news. The current cause célèbre is the CIA claim of Russian hacking to influence the U.S. election last fall. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says it’s all codswallop. Donald Trump says whatever comes into his head. At the crux of…