In exactly one hour and two minutes, New York Yankees’ pitcher CC Sabathia will throw the first pitch of the 2011 Major League Baseball season to Detroit Tigers’ centerfielder Austin Jackson.

Yankee Stadium

Is there a better place for the Major League Baseball season to start than at Yankee Stadium? Not likely.

Simultaneously, at Nationals Park, Washington starter Livan Hernandez will do the same with Braves’ LF Martin Prado. And the MLB season will be underway. That means hope. That means excitement. And, to me, that simply means summer is here! (more…)

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On Sunday afternoon, the OHL’s Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors took a three games-to-none, first-round series lead over the underdog Belleville Bulls.

JP Anderson

Mississauga St. Michael's Majors' netminder JP Anderson has recorded two straight shutouts of the Belleville Bulls in their current OHL playoff series

These are the same Majors that will host the 2011 Memorial Cup this May at Hershey Centre in Mississauga. These are the same Majors who won the Hamilton Spectator Trophy as the OHL’s top team in the regular season. And these are the same Majors that can’t fill their building with fans. Ever. And that is, in a word, pathetic. (more…)

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You’d never know it by listening to their fans, but the Toronto Maple Leafs have had a fairly decent National Hockey League season.

James Reimer

Rookie netminder James Reimer has been the brightest light in the Toronto Maple Leafs' season

And that applies whether or not they make the Stanley Cup Playoffs. When’s the last time that Leafs’ fans were talking about anything except “next year” this late in the season? It’s been a very long time. Playoff chatter is still prevalent. The Leafs have not made the postseason since 2004. They probably won’t this year, but all indications are that streak will end in 2012. (more…)

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NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman wriggles under fire

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman is under fire – and it looks good on him, doesn’t it?

Gary Bettman

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has spent a lot of his efforts lately trying to save the doomed Phoenix Coyotes. Great time management, Gary! (The Canadian Press image)

Sponsors are hating on the NHL. The Goldwater Institute, in Arizona, has said enough to Gary’s pet-project management. And hockey fans in Winnipeg and Quebec are speaking out louder and louder these days. But Gary’s a lawyer, which means he’ll wriggle out of this jam – won’t he? (more…)

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Well, well, Hockey Night in Canada’s Don Cherry has put his foot in it again.

Don Cherry

Don Cherry gives his trademark "thumbs up" to a lot of things. Saturday night, that thing was profanity.

Or, more accurately, his mouth. On Saturday night, during the first intermission of the Blackhawks/Leafs game, Cherry was, as usual, plying his trade on Coach’s Corner. And, in a particularly passionate moment, Cherry swore. He said one of the magic seven words that comedian George Carlin said were no-nos. Frankly, it was a shocking moment. One that proves that CBC, when they put a seven-second delay on Cherry years ago, was right to do it. (more…)

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