On Big Z

Even in the most congenial divorce, the division of assets can hurt. When the Czechoslovakian men’s hockey team split after the country’s Velvet divorce in 1993, it was the Czech who ended up with most of the family fortune. With stars like Jaromir Jagr (second only to Gretzky in NHL career scoring) and Dominik Hasek (arguably the bestContinue reading “On Big Z”

Three NHL Overtime Ideas

If you can’t get rid of the shootout, at least add a 2nd OT with only players who didn’t play in the 1st OT. Third- and fourth-line players don’t usually get ice time during OT. Many top-line players on the other hand presumably tend to prefer a shootout to a 2nd OT period, because it’sContinue reading “Three NHL Overtime Ideas”

His Dark Adaptations

Like any YA-novel heroine worth the name, Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials series has repeatedly been tasked with filling the shoes of bigger heroes in order to save the world – scratch that: worlds – from peril. First came the world of bookselling, as Pullman’s novels were used to fill the lulls between releases ofContinue reading “His Dark Adaptations”

Canadian Baseball Rules

Baseball is the most North American, and North Pacific, sport. It’s little played in Europe, mainland Asia, or south of the equator, but is loved by Americans, Cubans, Puerto Ricans, Dominicans, Mexicans, Venezuelans, Central Americans, Japanese, Koreans, Taiwanese, and Canadians alike. Well, not quite alike. Just as Canada has fiddled around with American football –Continue reading “Canadian Baseball Rules”

Gunslinger

In the previous post we discussed the rules of Canadian baseball, which are still not well known beyond Canada’s borders. But, while most people may not have heard of Canadian baseball, they have at least heard of baseball. In contrast, when it comes to that other great sport played in Canadian summers, gunslinger, I’m alwaysContinue reading “Gunslinger”

NBA All-Star Game at Madison Square Garden, 2022: Worth Weighting For

All-Star Game, 2022: 1st Quarter: Lightweight West: Curry, Lillard, McCollum, Morant, Mitchell, Chris Paul, Jamal Murray, Shai GA East: Kyrie Irving , Bradley Beal, Jrue Holiday, Trae Young, Van Vleet, Lowry, Sexton, Brogdon 2nd Quarter: Middleweight West: Doncic, Kawhi, Paul George, Klay, Booker, Derozan, Draymond, Lonzo East: Harden, Butler, Brown, Tatum, Middleton, Lavine, Hayward, LameloContinue reading “NBA All-Star Game at Madison Square Garden, 2022: Worth Weighting For”