Full meal deal: sports world serves up plenty of intrigue

What does 2018 hold? Forgettable Olympics, NHL incompetence (followed by NFL incompetence), Blue Jay uncertainty and golf mysteries, for a start

Full meal deal: sports world serves up plenty of intrigueThe 2018 sports year begins with a bowl (of the college football variety) but the full table setting lies ahead. What courses are being prepared? Let’s look at some of the most challenging stories ahead. Dents in the shield In 2017, the National Football League fought Donald Trump and President Trump won. Okay, the American…

Can the Blue Jays soar with a constrained budget – or a new owner?

As the Yankees muscle up, the AL East becomes an ever-higher peak to climb for Toronto – particularly if Rogers sells the team

Can the Blue Jays soar with a constrained budget – or a new owner?It has not been a good two weeks for the Toronto Blue Jays. The most recent body blow was the news that the New York Yankees, the Jays’ bitter American League East rivals, had won the Giancarlo Stanton sweepstakes. The prodigious Miami Marlins slugger spurned deals to go to San Francisco and St. Louis to…

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…

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…

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,…

Fool me once … the tough task of parsing truth from fiction

Pranks and tall tales snare the unsuspecting. And so many events of these past 12 months could pass as April Fool’s jokes, except they are – sadly – real

Fool me once … the tough task of parsing truth from fictionNEW YORK, N.Y. Mar. 26, 2017 /Troy Media/ – April Fool's Day will soon be upon us. Pranks and tall tales will snare the unsuspecting. And pity anyone waking from a year-long coma, for they’ll have a hard time separating real facts from the alternative variety. So many events of the past 12 months could…

Helpful hints to end the baseball boredom

In a game that has no clock to run out, fans in the stadium are left wondering, "Should we go after this half inning or just drink strychnine?”

Helpful hints to end the baseball boredomCALGARY, Alta. Feb. 14, 2017/ Troy Media/ - Long before there was the endless election in the United States, there was extra-innings baseball. A never-ending extension of Major League Baseball games, extra innings can last as long as a bad date or end as quickly as a Vegas wedding. In a game that has no…

A year in sports: revenge of the lovable losers and a walker stands tall

The shaggy dog, the long-shot and the raggedy-pants rabble who walk the sporting earth finally had their day in 2016

A year in sports: revenge of the lovable losers and a walker stands tallCALGARY, Alta. Dec. 27, 2016/Troy Media/ – The year 2016 was not great for aging pop musicians, Democrats or the newspaper business. It was, however, a great year for the shaggy dog, the long-shot and the raggedy-pants rabble who walk the sporting earth. Perhaps no story sums the kismet of 2016 better than the Olympic…