Weekly Review and Preview: Analytics, Leaf Tix & Grumpy Old PacWeather


It’s been a busy week over here, but I’m not complaining. I’d rather be busy than bored, and I’d rather be writing than doing just about anything else. So a busy week is a successful one, and this week saw me published, self-published and re-published. We’ll detail all of it below. Of course I’m not … Continue reading

Floyd Mayeather waited for Manny Pacquiao to get old… right?


LATEST IN A RECURRING SERIES PREVIEWING THE BIG FIGHT In late June 2010 Hall-of-Fame boxing trainer Freddie Roach passed through Toronto on his way to Casino Rama to corner women’s champ Ana Julaton. No disrespect to the fighters at the news conference, but Roach was the story that day — a legit boxing celeb with some … Continue reading

Weekly Recap: PacWeather, Cuba, TFC and more…


A few times in recent weeks I’ve had folks tell me they enjoy my Facebook posts. I always smile and thank them and accept the compliment, but the truth is I’m ambivalent about that type of Facebook praise. Facebook is fun, and Facebook is useful, and harnessing the power of Facebook is a must for any … Continue reading

Manny Pacquiao is Awesome at Basketball…


The awesomest. To say otherwise is to admit you don’t value your career as a pro basketball player. And if you don’t believe me, ask Daniel Orton. He’s a former University of Kentucky Wildcat and Orlando Magic first round draft pick who is currently a member of the Purefoods Hotshots looking for work after being … Continue reading

Floyd Mayweather is still scared of Manny Pacquiao…right?


FIRST IN A RECURRING SERIES PREVIEWING THE BIG FIGHT Maybe it’s a few years past its stale date but Floyd Mayweather versus Manny Pacquiao is the biggest one-day sports event on the calendar besides the Super Bowl, and now that both fighters have signed up to square off May 2 the whole sports world is … Continue reading

Pour out some liquor for #Sportonomics


When I teamed with videographer Anne-Marie Jackson to start the Sportonomics video series last year we had no clue where the project would take us. We knew we were doing something different. None of us could think of a newspaper publishing a weekly video series exploring the sports industry, and certainly not one that aimed … Continue reading

Uncle Roger Training Pacquiao for a Mayweather Fight?


I mean, what other conclusion should I draw from this new Foot Locker ad? It features Manny Pacquiao training hard, highlights Foot Locker’s Week of Greatness promotion, and has fun with the idea that everybody in the world except Floyd Mayweather wants to see him fight Floyd Mayweather. Did you guys catch Pac’s T-Shirt? Clearly says … 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

#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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