Hamilton’s desperate third-down gamble

What were the Ticats thinking? Hiring someone who looked the other way as his stars engaged in sordid behaviour would never get a generous hearing

Hamilton’s desperate third-down gambleWhen people you know do curious things, it’s always hard to reconcile the act with the person. I was thinking of that recently as the Hamilton Tiger-Cats publicly lost touch with their senses, hiring a toxic former Baylor University coach to repair their imploding Canadian Football League team. Art Briles had been ensnarled in a…

ESPN, the Worldwide Leader in overreaction

So consumed with progressive propriety was the network that it imagined that a few fevered opinions would destroy it

ESPN, the Worldwide Leader in overreactionHistory, as Karl Marx observed, repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce. For those playing along at home, we’re knee-deep into an Oscar Wilde-like farce of professional sports. Saturday night, the Conor McGregor/Floyd Mayweather bout was deemed a resounding success – mostly because it didn’t suck as badly as the pundits had predicted. In…

Newspeak and the dystopian world of the CFL

The benign endorsement of the Liberal’s Diversity Is Strength dogma puts the league in the political spotlight – where it doesn’t belong

Newspeak and the dystopian world of the CFLReaders of George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984 might have been unsettled by the appearance this week of Canadian Football League coaches and players sporting T-shirts that declared Diversity Is Strength. Apparently, the CFL has adopted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s catch-all immigration slogan to celebrate the varied races, ethnicities and languages spoken by the players, officials…

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

CFL: The Dark League Rises (again)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…

Touchdown: an NFL franchise in Canada would score big

A Toronto team would easily sell out. New advertising revenue, jobs and industries would be created. Hotels, restaurants and bars would flourish

Touchdown: an NFL franchise in Canada would score bigTORONTO, Ont. March 7, 2017 /Troy Media/ – It’s a great time of year to be a sports fan. Hockey and basketball playoffs are only a few weeks away. Baseball spring training has started. Soccer, tennis and golf are in full swing. Football is still a few months away. Canadian Football League training camps open in…