(de) Segregation’s legacy: I’m at Pitch Talks Tonight


A quick note to remind you guys I’m back at Pitch Talks on Baseball tonight, and if you’re in Toronto consider this my invitation to join us. We’re at 918 Bathurst St, doors open at 6pm and I’m on stage at 7:00. If you haven’t heard of Pitch Talks, you’ve been missing out. They’re sort … Continue reading

SAE frat bros are racist — blame hip hop and Ronda Rousey


By now we’ve all seen the video of Sigma Alpha Epsilon frat brothers riding a bus and gleefully singing that they’d hang an n-word from a tree before they let him join SAE. Disgusting stuff, even if it’s not surprising for folks who never bought into the Myth of Post Racial America. And by now … Continue reading

Doping in Sport: Are non-White Athletes Born to Cheat?


A couple years back I took a blood test, and after reading the results the doctor asked me if I had been taking statins without telling her. I hadn’t, and asked why she asked that question. She said my levels of low density lipoproteins (aka bad cholesterol) were astoundingly low, and registered at levels usually … Continue reading

Yasiel Puig: Arrogance, Awesomeness & Annoying Double Standards


As a journalist I’m enamoured with facts, so here comes one: Yasiel Puig is awesome. That’s not an opinion but an ironclad reality. In first 36 games since his promotion to the Los Angeles Dodgers he hit .397 with eight homers, 27 runs scored and 19 more batted in. And in the six weeks since … Continue reading

Oh Canada… Malcolm Subban repels opponents and racist troll fans


What we didn’t see coming: Canada losing a lopsided semi final to the U.S. Thursday morning at the World Junior Hockey Championship. This tournament is Canada’s equivalent of March Madness — the entire country uniting to follow the future stars of an insanely popular sport through a series of progressively tougher challenges. This event has … Continue reading

Here’s the thing about Lolo Jones


First, a disclaimer: If you follow this blog or know me personally you know I’m more than a passive observer of any 100-metre hurdles race at the world class level. I make that fact clear only to make this one clear: my thoughts on this particular topic are mine and mine alone. The opinions expressed … Continue reading

Scared Straight: Floyd Mayweather, Jack Johnson and jail time’s toll


Will 87 days in jail scare Floyd Mayweather straight? Because it looks already like he’s frightened flabby. No, I’m not making light of Mayweather’s stint in jail, or the circumstances that landed him there. But it’s a point of fact that the pound-for-pound king of pro boxing unsuccessfully petitioned a Nevada court last week to … Continue reading

Race matters…because Cam Newton says it doesn’t


I can empathize with Cam Newton if he doesn’t want to be that guy. You know him. The one who screws up on the job, draws criticism for it and then blames racism rather than confronting his own shortcomings. Nobody likes that guy because his antics desensitize people to actual racism that demands real remedies. So … Continue reading

Jackie Robinson Bio — Morgan Campbell Cameo


Less than a week remaining in Black History Month, and my guy Donnovan Bennett over at the Score is making the most of it. His focus this February: Jackie Robinson. His life, his achievements and his legacy. Around Major League Baseball, April 15 is also known as Jackie Robinson day, and all 31 teams celebrate … Continue reading

Buzz Bissinger, the NBA and False Friends


When I enrolled in Spanish class two years ago my instructor warned me about “false friends” — words that sound familiar to English speakers but actually mean something different and potentially embarrassing en Español. Exitado was one of them. An anglo looks at that word and thinks it means “excited,” but in many parts of Mexico, … Continue reading

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