Rory McIlroy’s win yesterday at the United States Open, at Congressional CC outside Washington, D.C., capped a perfect week of feel-good stories in sports – something we surely do not see enough of.

Rory McIlroy wins 2011 United States Open Championship

Rory McIlroy hoists the trophy after winning the 2011 United States Open Championship. McIlroy finished eight shots clear of Australia's Jason Day (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

I know I don’t. A fresh-faced, twenty-two year old kid, McIlroy smiled and giggled his way to a record-setting win in the USGA’s toughest test. And it was great to watch. Let’s just hope it doesn’t happen too often. (more…)

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As 2010 slowly sinks into the sunset, it’s time to close the book on some athletes.

Tiger Woods

Jack Nicklaus won 18 professional majors. Tiger Woods has 14. And that's exactly how that career race is going to finish.

By that I mean there are a few guys whom, if we never heard from or about again, it would not leave a giant chasm in the sports universe. In fact, it might leave some room for a handful of up-and-comers to finally get their due. For these guys, the time has come and, more importantly, pretty much gone. And we’ll start with a player who’s dominated golf headlines for over a decade. (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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Los Angeles Lakers’ head coach Phil Jackson is the greatest coach in NBA history. Last night, Jackson’s Lakers netted an opening-game victory over the Boston Celtics, at STAPLES Center, in the 2010 NBA Finals. Like all great coaches, Jackson is the product of two crucial components: being a reasonably good coach already (but there have been lots of those)…and being in the right place at the right time. And Phil Jackson has done the latter twice.

Los Angeles Lakers' head coach Phil Jackson

Phil Jackson has 1,098 NBA coaching wins, 222 more in the playoffs and 10 NBA championship rings

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