Pro Athletes And The Media

To talk to the media or not, that is the question. At the French Open, Japanese player Naomi Osaka has opted to give media interviews a swerve. She will not be talking to the members of the press during the tournament. Just one problem; according to the Grand Slam Code of Conduct, she – andContinue reading “Pro Athletes And The Media”

Taking Advantage of the Pandemic

The current pandemic has opened doors to all kinds of people, giving them an opportunity to promote their theories. Including Montreal’s mayor using it to fast-track her desire to pedestrianise a main downtown street. But that’s just politics. Then there are the anti-vaxers, those folks who refuse to even think about having themselves or theirContinue reading “Taking Advantage of the Pandemic”

Team Names And Intention

With major league sports attempting to save a pandemic ravaged season by reducing the number of games that will be played in a bubble with no fans present, other issues are being thrown into the mix. I write of team names that are, or perhaps are not, offensive to indigenous people. … the Canadian BroadcastingContinue reading “Team Names And Intention”

COVID-19 Forces Baseball To Make Changes – Some Good, Some Not

When it comes to sports, from a spectator’s view, I guess I’m a bit of a purist. I have never appreciated the Designated Hitter rule in baseball. Nor have I, as many, perhaps most, fans have, embraced the NHL system of breaking ties. But as a means of deciding a game, it seems to reduceContinue reading “COVID-19 Forces Baseball To Make Changes – Some Good, Some Not”

COVID-19: Shaq and the NHL

I’m not much of a basketball fan. I played it as a kid but can’t say I follow the professionals. However, some athletes transcend their sport and Shaquille O’Neal is certainly one of those. “I think we should scrap the season. Everybody go home, get healthy, come back next year” In a recent interview, ShaqContinue reading “COVID-19: Shaq and the NHL”

MLB: No-Hitters and Geeks

Major League Baseball (MLB) is suffering a sharp decline in attendance so far this year. Compared to the same point last year some 800,000 fans have opted to stay away from ball parks. Home runs are up, strikeouts are up, even overall revenue is up, but seats remain empty. I’m no expert, but I thinkContinue reading “MLB: No-Hitters and Geeks”

Baseball in Montreal

So, the return of baseball to Montreal is once again in the news. Major League Baseball at that. The story broke yesterday that the brain trust at MLB has given the Tampa Bay Rays (once the Devil Rays) permission to talk to Montreal investors about the possibility of splitting the team’s games between the twoContinue reading “Baseball in Montreal”

MLB Should Rethink Intentional Walks and Pitching Changes

The Major League Baseball season is well underway, even as both NBA and NHL seasons come to dramatic ends. Soon all sports focus, with the exception of some soccer fans, will be on the boys of summer. The trend over the past few years has been to alter the game such that it moves alongContinue reading “MLB Should Rethink Intentional Walks and Pitching Changes”

Making the Canadian F1 Grand Prix More Montreal

Although the race is ten months off, work is now being carried out on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve to bring it up to Formula 1 standards. The annual Canadian Grand Prix is an important Montreal event bringing tourists from around the world. Yes, it does tend to be loud, but the noise of the carsContinue reading “Making the Canadian F1 Grand Prix More Montreal”