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A message to Chris Bosh…

Please circulate widely. I can’t imagine how the team will look (and more importantly, play) without him.

Full credit to the video’s creators; well done.


Sports and Hip-hop, a better combination?

I came across this blog today and just had to post it. Not sure about all of the comparisons (Em and Tiger? Really?) or some omissions (not comparing Jay-Z to Michael Jordan?) but it’s a fun read, especially if you’re a fan of hip-hop and/or sports– as you should be.

My favourites though are: Common and J.R.; Big Daddy Kane and Ali; and, Ice Cube and Shaq, for its hilarious write-up.

And then there’s the Chuck D and Troy Aikman comparison; two underappreciated superstars that did more for their respective games than people give them credit for.

The Great One

This came as a surprise to me but the Stanley Cup finals are set. Looks like it will be a rematch from last year with the Penguins taking on the Red Wings. Should be an interesting series but the comparisons to the past are annoying. Here are 10 reasons why Sydney Crosby and company (no matter how good they are) don’t compare to the Great One.


How about that

First off, yes, I realize that this page is becoming increasingly dominated by Liberal politics. I swear, my intention for my next post wasn’t to talk about Iggy and his team; no, I was going to talk about hockey. But oh well, that can wait until the judges, the NHL and Jim get their acts together.

For now though I need to ruminate on one of those weird, blogosphere deja vu moments. Reading the latest story about Ignatieff’s response to the negative attack ads, I came across a few quotes that seem very familiar. In fact, they’re exactly what I was thinking.

Iggy: “But to Stephen Harper, to the Conservative party, Canadians who’ve lived outside the country are less Canadian because of it. Tell that to new Canadians born outside this country. Are they less Canadian because of it?”

Me: “Does this mean that if you’re a new Canadian that you’re somehow less of a Canadian? Not up-to-par with those Canadians that were born here, worked here and spent their lives in the country? I’d like to see them present that argument to the millions of ‘immigrant’ Canadians.”

Iggy: “Look, we need a new kind of politics, a better kind of politics, a politics that relies not on spite and spin but on civility and common purpose. That’s what’s demanded of us.”

Me: “It’s time for a new politics, but more on that in a future post…”

Now I’m not going to belabour the point, I’m fairly certain of the seven readers that this page gets Liberal operatives are not among them– and the similarity is probably a sign that I need to diversify the voices that I’m reading. But this is encouraging. The Liberals are giving smart, quick and honest answers and signalling that there is something new on the horizon. Thankfully.


Au revoir


I’ve always had a certain level of affinity with the Montreal Canadiens. I’m not sure what it is. It could be because of my family roots in Quebec (which I’m working more and more to discover) or it could be because of the fact that they’re not the Toronto Maple Leafs. Either way it was sad to see them knocked out of the playoffs so early in their 100th anniversary season. Oh well, so it goes.

Much will be written– if it hasn’t already– about the Canadiens and their subpar performance at the end of the regular season. Scapegoats, Price or Kovalev or Koivu or Gainey, will be found and the team will most likely be shaken up and changed. But for my money, they’re one of the most exciting teams in the NHL and play a brand of hockey that should be emulated elsewhere.

For now, though, let’s remember the better days. And my favourite NHL goalie of all time.

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