Rigged Games

The history, present, and future of gambling and sports A recent investigative report alleges widespread match fixing in high-level professional tennis. These serious allegations again raise serious concerns relating to sports gambling. The dangers of sports gambling and its potential to corrupt the competitive process is not new. In 1919, eight members of the Chicago …

SBL

Entering the 2015-2016 NFL season, few expected the Carolina Panthers to repeat as division champions, and no one foresaw the team getting 15 wins, let alone making a trip to the Super Bowl.  In the summer, Kelvin Benjamin went down with a torn knee.  As the Panthers best receiver, this did not bode well for …

The year that was…in sports

  Every year, we witness things in sports that provide us with lasting memories.  Some of these memories remain with us for a lifetime. This year was no different as the last twelve months gave us jaw-dropping, head-scratching, fist-shaking moments.   NBA   Year of the Warriors   2015 NBA Champions.  A 24-0 start to …

Which Edition of the Toronto Blue Jays Is Better?

A Comparison of the 2015 Team with Its 1992 Predecessor Part Five: Examining the Starting Pitching: Back-end of the Rotation Traditionally speaking, the back-end of the starting rotation is where General Managers (GMs) can go “bargain hunting” for cheap options via non-tendered players and/or wavier claims. Why? With the front and middle of the rotation …

Holmward Bound

On November 15th, at approximately one o’clock a.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST), the mixed martial arts (MMA) world was flipped upside down.  It was one of those moments that every fan that watched will remember, recalling their whereabouts and feelings when it happened. On November 15th, I had every intention of writing a comparison of …

Daddy’s Home

I always enjoy a good storyline coming into a sporting event. I think a lot of people do. It adds to the hype. It raises the stakes. It gives you another reason to root for this person or that team, if you so choose. In non-team sports, like boxing or mixed martial arts (MMA), spectators …

The Inning That Broke Baseball

A partial list of the ridiculous things that happened during the seventh inning in game five of the ALDS “Bilbo rushed along the passage, very angry, and altogether bewildered and bewuthered – this was the most awkward Wednesday he ever remembered.” This throwaway line from The Hobbit has always been one of my favourites, both …