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A Writer on Sports and More


To my new readers: Welcome. To people who know me from my day job, radio guest spots or previous blogs: Welcome back. What you’ve stumbled across is my latest, most polished foray into the blogosphere. A decade’s worth of my best work collected on a single site. A place to highlight my newest, most noteworthy pieces as they … Continue reading

Roy Jones: please stop boxing and rapping


Yes, Roy Jones Jr. continues fighting. No, I don’t know why. I can only assume traveling to Latvia to face fighters best described as “aspiring tomato cans” adds some credibility to his job as an HBO ringside analyst, and possibly pays better than his other side gig writing and performing crappy rap songs about Body By … Continue reading

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#Sportonomics x Pitch Talks = You need to be there


A quick note to remind you guys I’m presenting Thursday night at the latest edition of TallBoys Craft Beer Pitch Talks, which the organizers describe as TED Talks with grass stains… and beer. They happen roughly once a month here in Toronto and bring together famous folks (like ESPN’s Dan Shulman) and not-so-famous folks (like Toronto … Continue reading

I really don’t hate America, but…


… But I’m accused of treason every four years. It last happened in the press box at Citizens Bank Park in Philly, where the Blue Jays played the Phillies after G20 protests prevented the teams from playing in Toronto. I was a baseball beat reporter back then, and I spent the morning at Roy Halladay’s belated farewell-to-Toronto … Continue reading

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So I’m Running the Chicago Half Marathon


Like many journalists I’m a procrastinator by nature but this week, for once, I made a decision and took action well in advance of any deadline. Tuesday night I registered for the Chicago Half Marathon, which takes place Sept. 7, starting and finishing in Jackson Park. A crew of us are getting together in Toronto for … Continue reading

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Robert Mathis: Please shut up about your positive test


Late last week Indianapolis Colts defensive end Robert Mathis earned a four-game suspension after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug, but instead of accepting the punishment he and his agent launched a media counterattack. Over the weekend they explained Mathis flunked a drug test not because he knowingly embarked on a doping program, but because … Continue reading

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Floyd Mayweather and the semantic satiation of legacy


After seeing Floyd Mayweather spill a few drops of blood in a closely-contested, hard-fought but well-deserved victory over Marcos Maidana last Saturday, it’s natural to wonder whether the world’s top pound-for-pound fighter can retain that crown until he retires. Yes, he won, but we haven’t seen him struggle like that since his first bout with … Continue reading

Mayweather faces Maidana and a helluva dilemma


As February threatened to bleed into March, Floyd Mayweather still hadn’t announced an opponent for his scheduled spring bout, and the anticipation drove some fighters out of their Twitter minds. Amir Khan was once so sure he’d get the Mayweather payday he cancelled a December showdown with Devon Alexander, but as he tired of waiting … Continue reading

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Controversy surrounds Lolo Jones, but this one’s not on her


Last Sunday world-class hurdler and 2012 Summer Olympic media darling Lolo Jones was named to the U.S. bobsled team for next month’s Winter Olympics in Sochi, a mild surprise given her performance on the World Cup circuit but an inevitable choice when the squad’s selection criteria are both stats-based and subjective. To arrive at is … Continue reading

All Balls Don’t Bounce, Comeback and Coda


If you’re a follower of this blog you were probably here in the spring of 2011 when I connected with my good friends Duane Watson and Will Strickland to form All Balls Don’t Bounce, a sports media content collective that worked to explore stories not often told in this market. We screened movies — Dave … Continue reading

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All You People Look Alike: Jermain Defoe Edition


July 2007, I stood on the sideline of the main athletic field at Upper Canada College, watching Argentina’s national team practice for a semifinal match at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup, a tournament that began and ended in Toronto. I was watching guys like Maxi Moralez and Sergio “Kun” Aguero do their thing, scribbling notes … Continue reading

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