Stop Running to the Media

The Growing Trend of the NBA Community to Vent Publicly   In the last week, the NBA has witnessed what appears to be a growing trend among its teams and players. The media has become the forum for players, coaches, teammates, and organizations to call each other out. Whether through real time interviews, tweets, or …

Why Auston Matthews Is a Better Player Than Jack Eichel At This Stage of Their Respective NHL Career

Part II   Sorry for the Cliffhanger but… The evidence is impressive. It comes in all forms—both qualitatively (through the eyes of amateur and professional scouts) as well as quantitatively (for those who do analytics and crunch numbers). As the—what is quickly becoming insurmountable—evidence continues to pile up and trend in favour of Auston Matthews, …

Why Landing a “Generational Talent/Player” Through Today’s National Hockey League Draft Is So Difficult

Ever since the term “generational talent/player” was coined roughly a decade in the 2005 National Hockey League (NHL) Draft, a highly-anticipated draft that produced the current fact of the NHL in Crosby, NHL General Managers (GMs)—especially those whose teams are at or near the very bottom of the NHL standings from the previous season—have been …

Long-held Sports Traditions or Discriminatory Cultural Misappropriation?

Indians. Redskins. Braves. Blackhawks. Long-held sports traditions or discriminatory cultural misappropriation? It’s a contentious debate that found itself front and centre in a downtown Toronto courtroom on Monday 17 October. Douglas Cardinal, a prominent Indigenous activist, had just launched actions with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario and the Canadian Human Rights Commission, and was seeking injunctive relief before Justice Thomas McEwan of the Ontario …

Just OK, Blue Jays

What We’ll Need to do Better Next Year   Unfortunately, I was right about the Blue Jays losing this year’s ALCS. Even more unfortunately, I was wrong in predicting they’d at least put up a good fight. We certainly went down swinging in the wrong way. Encarnacion’s awkward 9th inning hacks in Game 5 certainly won’t be as fondly …

What To Do With Auston Matthews?

Dr. Kenneth Lam’s Two Cents As Arm Chair GM: Part Two   Source: The Toronto Star While there are many uncertainties with how draft picks would turn out, one thing is certain: Toronto head coach Mike Babcock thinks highly of Maple Leafs prospect Auston Matthews. However, rumour has it that the Leafs’ bench boss is thinking …

What To Do With Auston Matthews?

Dr. Kenneth Lam’s Two Cents As Arm Chair GM: Part One On 24 June 2016, Toronto Director of Player Personnel Mark Hunter—who has since been promoted to the position of Assistant General Manager—walked up to the podium at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York and with the following words promptly affirmed the worst …

Mamba Emeritus

A great television series captivates you. It is intuitive–the thrills and suspense are sprinkled in methodically, and the more mundane parts of the season are purposeful. It knows its audience.  Most importantly, a great television series knows when to end. If the show runs a little too long, in hindsight, it is probably as great …

Blue Chippers or Volatile Goods?

How Valuable is the First Overall Section in the NBA Draft? Every decade or so, a supposedly “can’t miss” prospect out of high school or a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I powerhouse attracts national attention and emerges as the crown jewel of a National Basketball Association (NBA) draft. For instance, in the 2000s, …