Floyd Mayweather 2.0? A Motor City Postscript


Back in Canada and still recovering from 24 hours in Detroit, where the drinks are stiff (the young lady tending bar at Cutters promised her Jameson with a splash of Faygo ginger ale would put hair on my chest), and where rebirth has been a running theme for nearly four decades. On the banks of … Continue reading

Floyd Mayweather to Showtime: He’s Boxing’s Albert Pujols


Thinking of words to describe Tuesday’s announcement that boxing’s current pound-for-pound king, Floyd “Money” Mayweather, had dumped cable network and pay-per-view partner HBO in favour of rival broadcaster Showtime. “Seismic” works. Mayweather’s movement tilts the pay-per-view landscape, instantly transforming Showtime from a big-time suburb to the centre of attention and action, and maybe not just … Continue reading

Melissa Hernandez: One on One With a World Champ


Boxing isn’t dead. It’s shacking up with MMA and Krav Maga and living quite comfortably in south Florida, where pro fighters from around the world train for big fights in multipurpose gyms from Fort Lauderdale to Kendall. How do I know? Because, contrary to what I told you guys in my last post, I couldn’t … Continue reading

Doesn’t that look like sex? A goodbye post


No, not for good — but you can consider this my pre-emptive out-of-office autoreply. Tuesday morning I fly to Miami for a few days of warm weather and beaches and food trucks and salsa. Plans include catching up with old and new friends, watching the O’Jays at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino, and possibly seeing … Continue reading

Hockey needs way more fighting — a proposal


Tuesday night I watched most of the game between the Philadelphia Flyers and Tampa Bay Lightning, about the most exciting TV sports option available to me at the time — and also the most confusing. Between the first and second periods NBC Sports Network analysts devoted nearly the entire intermission to breaking down a fight … Continue reading

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