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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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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Stephen Strasburg

Nationals' pitcher Stephen Strasburg struck out 14 Pirates in his MLB début on June 8, 2010 (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Honestly, I can’t believe there is so much discussion about whether or not Washington Nationals’ pitcher Stephen Strasburg should pitch in the MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday, July 13th in Anaheim. The 21-year old from San Diego State has made five major league starts. The last came on Monday, when he threw 6.1 innings, struck out seven and lost to the Atlanta Braves. Over his five-game career, Strasburg is now 2-2 with a 2.27 ERA and 48 strikeouts in 31.2 innings. Reasonably impressive numbers, but he’s lost two in a row. Should he play in the All-Star Game? Of course he should! (more…)

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Alex Anthopoulos

Born in 1977, Blue Jays' GM Alex Anthopoulos grew up in Montreal, as a fan of his hometown Expos

Sports general managers are simply car salesmen – at the rink or ballpark or stadium or arena. Most are talkers. They want your trust. And they continually urge you to have interest in something that you perhaps don’t care about. The difference is that GMs don’t sell cars…they sell hope. Hope to the fans of their team. And, how long they can peddle that hope, directly determines how long they’ll stay in the job. (more…)

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Bobby Orr and statue remembering his most famous goal
Boston fans can forever recall Bobby Orr’s famous goal on May 10, 1970

Yesterday, outside TD Garden in Boston, a statue of Bobby Orr scoring his famous fly-through-the-air-win-the-Stanley-Cup goal was unveiled. It marked the fortieth anniversary of Orr’s unforgettable moment. And it got me thinking. Why are Americans so good at commemorating memorable sports moments – but Canadians really stink at it? Here’s a kick-start for the statue-makers north of the 49th. (more…)

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