Kobe Bryant’s complicated legacy

The late basketball legend became a model husband, father, citizen and businessman. But a dark incident in Colorado can't be forgotten

Kobe Bryant’s complicated legacyI was walking off the tennis court last Sunday when I saw several texts saying Kobe Bryant had been killed in a helicopter crash. My first reaction was disbelief, then shock, then sadness. As I got in my car, I wasn’t sure why I was so sad. While I definitely respected his athletic ability and…

Freelance makeup artist turns each job into the next one

Makeup artist Karen Malcolm-Pye talks about the work she has done for famous people and why she never rests on her laurels

Freelance makeup artist turns each job into the next oneKaren Malcolm-Pye is a makeup artist in Calgary. What is your career and what do you do? Malcolm-Pye: I’m a freelance makeup artist – a dream job for me really! I do makeup for television, advertising, broadcasting, commercials, weddings, celebrities and anyone else who wants to look and feel a little extra beautiful – and…

Rising from the ashes to achieve greatness

It hurts to be rejected or see a dream come to an end, but it shouldn't impact our ability to live with integrity and find success

Rising from the ashes to achieve greatnessWe all face disappointments and challenges. We don’t get picked for a team, we don’t get a promotion, we’re turned down by a potential lover or we see a dream come to an end. What’s important in life isn’t what happens to us, however. It’s how we respond. Great people aren’t without problems. They’re people…

The heavy burden of sports stardom

From Auston Matthews to Antonio Brown, the spotlight never seems to waver. Making a mistake can be very costly

The heavy burden of sports stardomIt doesn’t take much to send Toronto Maple Leafs nation into a tizzy. As the 2019-2020 season dawns, the supporters of the acer saccharum are consumed with whether their young franchise star Auston Matthews should be the club’s next captain. Distilled into a single sentence: can Auston wear the C when he’s acted like an…

Has hockey lost its one-for-all gene when it comes to contracts?

Welcome to the future of big-league sports, which will depend on a merger of sports and the star-making machine of the culture industry

Has hockey lost its one-for-all gene when it comes to contracts?Mitch Marner has signed. Someone wake Lord Stanley in heaven. A parade is coming. Okay, that might be a tad optimistic. But the hopes for any National Hockey League playoff success in Toronto hinge on Marner, who may not get the headlines but is the key to the Maple Leafs offence. Marner’s signing ended a…

Andreescu poised for even more greatness

Young Canadian tennis phenom’s skill, poise, determination, power and athleticism suggest a bright future awaits

Andreescu poised for even more greatnessCanada has had some great moments in sports, from Tommy Burns winning the heavyweight boxing title in 1906 to the Toronto Raptors winning this year’s National Basketball Association championship. One more name can be added to the list: Bianca Andreescu. The 19-year-old Mississauga, Ont., native’s meteoric rise in tennis has taken the country by storm.…

For the indomitable Andreescu, it’s mind over matter

The precocious Canadian tennis star sets herself apart through her powerful will to win. Ask Serena Williams

For the indomitable Andreescu, it’s mind over matterThere was a time when it didn’t take much to get Canadians excited. In 1976, the nation nearly imploded when Greg Joy finished with a silver medal in high jump at the Montreal Olympics. In 1972, Karen Magnussen became a legend in Canada by winning silver in women’s figure skating at the Sapporo Olympics. When…

When TV westerns ruled the roost

The longevity and sustained popularity of Gunsmoke and Bonanza put them in a class apart

When TV westerns ruled the roostWhen Bonanza made its debut on Saturday, Sept. 12, 1959, it was joining a TV schedule littered with series westerns. During that 1959-60 season, over 30 westerns regularly stalked North American home screens. And most of them were on network evening TV, thus occupying plum spots during peak viewing hours. ABC’s 1959-60 Sunday night roster…

Wake Me (and my sense of self) Up Before You Go-Go

Why the deaths of famous people impact us all on a very personal level, even if we never knew them personally

NEW YORK, Jan. 2, 2017/ Troy Media/ – It seems every death of a celebrity or public figure takes with it a cherished part of our own experience and impacts our life journey. There was such a spate of deaths across entertainment, sports and politics in 2016 that it's likely there are very few people who…