Toronto GM Bryan Colangelo boldly tossed freezing cold water on any expectations before the shortened pre-season began fervently stating that this year was about “building” and not about contention. For a Raptor franchise that has exactly one post-season series victory in its seventeen year history, and have been to the playoffs a mere three times, [...]

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Blue Jays have done nothing this off-season to dispel their image as a second division team

The Toronto Blue Jays apparently finished second in the bidding for Japanese superstar Yu Darvish—or at least that is the public perception. The Texas Rangers bid $51.7 million to win the rights to negotiate with Darvish. There was a clear notion going into the process that the $51.1 million figure posted for Dice-K Matsuzaka in [...]

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This has been an embarrassing week for the NBA. At no time in the history of the league, and likely in the history of professional sports, has a league’s commissioner taken complete control over a particular team’s basketball operations.  But that is what has taken place in New Orleans as David Stern has effectively castrated [...]

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I was listening to a sports radio station in Toronto the other day and the question put forth by the host was simple—if you ran the Vancouver Canucks what would you do with Roberto Luongo?   I thought he was asking a rhetorical question but no he actually wanted to know.   I thought it was rather [...]

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It was nearly five months ago that the NBA owners chose to lock out its players until a new collective bargaining agreement could be reached.  Basketball fans are fully aware of the many starts and stops that took place in the interim and are likely very familiar, after all this time, with the particulars involved.  [...]

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We know NBA owners are split into two camps—the hard liners and the moderates—and we know that it is the commissioner’s job to find enough common ground between the two factions of ownership to create and then propose an offer reasonable enough for the players to accept.  Of course we know how that plan went.  [...]

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At its core there was an illegal operation taking place within the walls of Penn State University.  It happened to be crimes of child molestation that were allegedly being perpetrated by assistant coach Jerry Sandusky who supposedly used his Second Mile youth charity to recruit children for his own purposes.  This story will only grow as more information is [...]

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I was watching the 2005 NFL draft (I know it may sound crazy but I like watching drafts, especially the NFL and the NBA) and I remember this particular draft focussed on two quarterbacks, Alex Smith and Aaron Rodgers, and which would be selected first overall.  The San Francisco 49ers had the pick and they [...]

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The extraordinary finish of game six of the World Series seemed a fitting end for a month of terrific baseball that began with an historic final day of the regular season when four games were played simultaneously to decide the final two playoff participants.  Ironically, it was one of those teams that eventually became the [...]

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The baseball regular season is coming to an end so it is natural for sportswriters to begin to debate the relative merits of the individual award candidates.  Justin Verlander is sprinting to the finish line and is pulling away in the Cy Young race, and there isn’t anybody of note in the rookie of the [...]

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There are many major league observers—of which I am one—that have stated continuously over the years that without a salary cap baseball was in danger of seeing the separation between the teams reach the division seen in European Football.  Despite public protestations to the contrary by MLB executives, that the number of different World Series [...]

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At age 41 and in his 22nd ML season Jim Thome joined baseball’s immortals when he slugged his 600th home run on a curveball thrown by a left-handed reliever.  Automatically the conversation turned to Thome’s place in the history of the game and whether that lofty number (Thome is the eighth player to hit 600 [...]

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At some point in time the Blue Jays are going to have to stop feeding us the intricacies of the developmental process and actually go for it.  They can’t possibly wait until they are only one veteran short of contention—no team is that perfect—and if they do their window will close beforehand.  They have to [...]

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That’s how long it has been since a minor league call-up was as widely anticipated as Brett Lawrie’s who was called up to the big club late Thursday afternoon  This entire season the Jays organization and its fan base have been on Lawrie watch—tracking his development and scrutinizing his statistics.  It is an absolute must [...]

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In the olden days (a couple of years ago) teams that were out of the pennant chase would look to move their soon to be free agents at the trade deadline in order to add something for players that were leaving anyway.  But now those free agents already bring a valuable return.  Their value lies [...]

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It’s not about this year anymore for the Blue Jays—it hasn’t been for awhile—but if this team is going to grow into a contender by next season then they are going to have fix the back end of the bullpen sooner rather than later. The Jays are playing a dangerous game with the fleeting confidence [...]

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Unless the Tampa Bay Rays can add an effective bat at the deadline or the Texas Rangers can strengthen their rotation then it will be either the Red Sox or the Yankees again to (snore) come out of the American League.  Major league baseball can’t possibly be pleased that in most years the two biggest [...]

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Don’t expect any major moves from the Toronto Blue Jays before the July 31 trade deadline, but there should be quite a bit of activity as the team attempts to shed its excess cargo.  The team has given up on its early season attempt to contend and, with the deletions of Juan Rivera and Jayson [...]

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Once again we, the North American sports fan, are being locked outside of our favourite sports arena as the money hungry combatants battle it out for more cash.  The NBA has joined the NFL in lockout mode—both sports leagues effectively thumbing their collective noses at the hard working proletariat that supports their business.  And while [...]

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When NBA commissioner David Stern announced the Toronto Raptor selection at number five in the 2011 draft I shook my head and wondered—what the hell are they thinking?  Was GM Bryan Colangelo simply trying to make use of his European assistant?  Were they trying to save money by selecting a player who wouldn’t be playing [...]

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So now that the fires have stopped burning we can begin to look into the reasons behind the destruction, and analyze exactly why the fate of the hockey team invades the souls of the Vancouver populous and drives them to injure their city.

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The Blue Jays have a large hole at the end of their bullpen and until they are able to fill it they will continue to roll around with the mediocrities of the American League.   The Jays made some clever deals this past off-season and solidified their bullpen with several veteran arms believing, and rightly so, [...]

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It seems simple enough—a struggling professional franchise, having exhausted all options in its present location, preparing to move to another city.  It is not an unusual circumstance—there have been a number of organizations that have moved in the past.  But if it is as simple as Atlanta picking up and moving to Winnipeg why was [...]

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And then soon afterward the even older Boston Celtics joined the Lakers on the golf course.  The times they are a changin’. This is the beginning of a new era in basketball—the league is on the verge of being completely dominated by talented perimeter players.  These are the last days of the dinosaur—the last days [...]

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A short while ago Blue Jay president Paul Beeston publicly expressed an eagerness for Toronto to play regular season games in Montreal when in actuality he should have professed a growing desire to play games in Vancouver. His longing to reward the long suffering faithful fans from Canada’s first major league baseball city is admirable but Montreal is mostly a part of the sport’s past—Vancouver is part of this country’s baseball future.

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