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…

Lovable losers? Lovable, yes, but no longer losers

From cursed goats to black cats to a supporter who crushed a dream, the Chicago Cubs have a dark history – but it's time to forget the past

RED DEER, Alta. Nov. 6, 2016/ Troy Media/ – It's easy to write the words “The Chicago Cubs are World Series champions,” but it's so difficult to comprehend. The Cubs have just won a World Series title, for the third time. But it's the first time since their back-to-back championships of 1907-08. Mine is one of those Cubs-enthralled families…

Play Ball! Bid to ban Chief Wahoo gets the Tomahawk Chop

A court of law has much better things to do than waste valuable time and resources on these types of frivolous matters

Play Ball! Bid to ban Chief Wahoo gets the Tomahawk ChopTORONTO, Ont. Oct. 18, 2016/ Troy Media/ - The political left occasionally focuses its political radar on the rather tiresome issue of sports teams’ nicknames. The newest target is the Cleveland Indians – and it’s happening in Canada, of all places. The Indians and Toronto Blue Jays are facing off in the American League Championship…
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