George Steinbrenner

George Steinbrenner was front-and-centre with the New York Yankees for over thirty years

Love him or hate him, George Steinbrenner was one of the most influential builders in the history of Major League Baseball. Steinbrenner died today at the age of 80. In January 1973, Steinbrenner and a group of investors purchased the then-pathetic Yankees from CBS. Over the decade prior to the purchase, the Yankees were one of the most non-descript teams in baseball. They stunk. All their big stars of the 1950s and ’60s – Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, Roger Maris, Whitey Ford (and many others) were long gone. From the final game of the 1964 World Series (which they lost to Bob Gibson’s St. Louis Cardinals) until the World Series in 1976, the Yankees did not play a single postseason game. And George Steinbrenner took that futility and kicked it in the stones. (more…)

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5 things I did during the FIFA World Cup

Spain wins 2010 World Cup

Spain became the first team to ever win the World Cup after losing their first match of the tournament - which they did, 1-0, to Switzerland

As Spain hoisted their first-ever  World Cup yesterday in South Africa, a month of frenzied soccer partying came to an end. I love how passionate soccer fans are world wide. And, if I never hear another vuvuzela again, it will be way too soon. Before the tournament began, I freely admitted I was not a “soccer guy.” I’m still not. But it’s time to recap and re-visit five things I did during the event. (more…)

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Chris Bosh

This week, when former Raptors' star Chris Bosh announced he was signing with the Miami Heat, Toronto got its knickers in a knot

In my entire life, I have never experienced a major city that does more sports whining than Toronto. I mean, it’s constant. If something is wrong, they whine. If something is just OK, they whine that it’s not perfect. If something is great, they whine that it’s not great enough. They make Rodney Dangerfield look like he was happy with the respect he got. And this week’s bolting of Chris Bosh to the Miami Heat has magnified an already appalling pattern in Canada’s largest city. He’s gone, get over it, Toronto. (more…)

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LeBron James

By making his announcement in front of the entire sporting world, James is simply acknowledging what everyone knows - that he's the biggest star in any major sport today

NBA superstar LeBron James has me standing up and applauding loudly. As you know, Thursday (tomorrow) night at 9 PM ET on ESPN and TSN in Canada, LeBron will hold the sporting world captive. That’s when he’ll announce which NBA team he’ll be playing with over the next several years. James has received massive amounts of criticism for deciding to make this declaration on national television. I think it’s the absolute perfect way for someone of his stature to put an end to the planet’s speculation. (more…)

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Taylor Hall

Taylor Hall was a junior star in Windsor (two Memorial Cups, 280 points in 183 OHL games), but he'll need some help to do that in the NHL

Today, Taylor Hall began the slow build toward his first NHL game by skating at the Edmonton Oilers’ development camp at tiny Clareview Arena in Edmonton. 500 Oilers’ fans came out to watch. Clearly, Edmonton is a city that knows and loves its hockey. So new Oilers’ head coach Tom Renney knows the pressure is on. How will Renney deal with Hall? And how will Renney affect Hall’s career as Taylor begins in the NHL? Time and history tells us that coaches can do one great thing for budding stars. (more…)

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