The P Stands For “Panelist” — My speaking gigs this week


When I retired from All Balls Don’t Bounce active duty I told you guys I’d be busy, and honestly I’m probably getting less sleep these days than I was two month ago. Not that I mind it. I’m able to put a little more time and brainpower into the 9-to-5, which is great news for … Continue reading

Extreme Makeover: NFL Combine Edition


The NFL scouting combine is here, and when you try to imagine the kind of degenerate football addict who would devote precious weekend hours to watching football players run, jump and lift weights while a team of announcers fill air time by analyzing everything from a player’s college stats to his hand size… well, just … Continue reading

The “P” stands for Persistence, Promotion of Self


I don’t know if life was trying to send me a message, but I spent the first few weeks of my new job as a business reporter at the Toronto Star writing stories about ex-journalists. First came a Q&A with former freelance writer and current personal finance guru Gail Vaz-Oxlade, and shortly afterward I caught … Continue reading

July 21, 2001: Life as a LOOGY — Do one thing really really well


Story originally appeared July 21, 2011 at thestar.com MORGAN CAMPBELL SPORTS REPORTER Seconds after ordering the intentional walk that loads the bases in the bottom of the ninth inning of a 5-5 tie against the Washington Nationals, then-Florida Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez marches to the mound to take the ball from the outgoing pitcher. In … Continue reading

Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao and Time’s Perfect Record


Monday afternoon Manny Pacquiao signed on to face Timothy (Desert Storm) Bradley in a June 9 welterweight title bout, and deal that joins with last week’s pact between Floyd Mayweather and Miguel Cotto to give boxing fans a pair of high-profile springtime bouts nobody asked for. Few observers feel Mayweather will do anything May 5 … Continue reading

Angelo Dundee & Muhammad Ali — Fact, Folklore and Legacy


The death of famed boxing trainer Angelo Dundee has prompted boxing fans and writers worldwide to share their experiences with the man, so here’s mine. Met him for the first and only time four years ago, almost to the day. He had come to Toronto to plug his autobiography, and I met him in the … Continue reading

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