Told y’all I’m not dead: Venezuela to the Woodshed


Just a quick note to thank you all for you patience, with a special shout out to those of you who missed me enough to ask where the hell I’ve been for the last seven weeks. As I pointed out before my hiatus, I’m not dead — but I did spend a few weeks buried under … Continue reading

Yunel Escobar, homophobia and the folly of tolerance


My mom has a thing for fools. More correctly, she has a thing for saying the word “fool.” She loves it. Enjoys saying “fool” the way most women enjoy eating chocolate. Curls her bottom lip beneath her top row of teeth so she can push the word out with extra force; the fricative morphs into … 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

My (un) biased take on the false start rule: It stinks


Full disclosure: When a listfranc fracture in her left foot kept Canadian hurdle heroine Perdita Felicien out of the 2008 Olympic Games, she spent much of her summer in Mississauga, Ontario, staying in shape as best she could without running, and often that meant climbing on a bike and repeatedly riding up a steep hill … Continue reading

NCAA, Pay-for-play and the search for sympathetic victims


Monday night the Kentucky Wildcats men’s basketball team vanquished the Kansas Jayhawks to win their first national championship in 14 years and tie together several compelling subplots. There’s the one about high-profile coach John Calipari delivering an NCAA crown to long-suffering fans who expect Sweet 16 appearances like the rest of us expect taxes. And … Continue reading

April 29, 2011: Gary Goodridge and the High Cost of Living Dangerously


MORGAN CAMPBELL SPORTS REPORTER BARRIE—When Gary (Big Daddy) Goodridge strides into his living room, the hands that once delivered punches now cradle pill bottles. Fifteen years ago, Goodridge won his Ultimate Fighting Championship debut by knocking his opponent cold with one elbow strike. The other seven were pure adrenaline. That fight made the Barrie resident … 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

Marketing Manny, Marquez and Mayweather


The great thing about covering business in my 9-to-5 is that it allows me to capitalize on the knowledge and contacts I’d accumulated in five years as a sportswriter, and write about sports for what it really is for a lot of us. Big Business. Really big. If you don’t believe me ask Manny Pacquiao, … Continue reading

I AM CANADIAN — And my people drive me nuts


For a group of people bellicose enough to accept and encourage bare-knuckled fighting on skates as a normal part of the sporting experience, Canadians are amazingly crystal-chinned when it comes to American criticism of the Great White North. Excuse me, perceived American criticism of the land of socialized health care. American readers, understand this about Canadians: As … Continue reading

ABDB Ep 23: The Loneliness of Dominance


The ABDB crew does it again in Episode 23 and to hear it CLICK HERE. ABDB finally has a sponsor and a special guest! Both named Snickers Pie!… Episode 23 don’t need a roll call… Happy Birthday to Michael Jackson and Perdita Felicien, tuning in from Korea… Shouts out to Northwestern…. Big big BIG shout … Continue reading

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