Monthly Archives: November 2012

Viciousness of Sportsnet, death of journalism – or Colangelo talking through Rogers’ talking heads?


bargnani_free_throw640_640SPORTS FANS, his Toronto Raptor team-mates and Andrea Bargnani and his family must have been shocked and stunned by the host of Rogers Sportsnet Connected on Monday, November 26. Leading into the 5:00-6:00 p.m. supperhour segment she asked rhetorically, “Has Andrea Bargnani’s time in Toronto run out?” Thinking it was to be a lead item I waited for the surprising news. And waited. And waited. Finally, some fifty minutes later, she flatly announced with a straight face that Mr Bargnani was on the way out and that “fans have given up on him.” (How she divined this insight only an Insider can figure out.) The host then followed up the shock attack by interviewing one of Sportsnet’s ubiquitous “Insiders,” Michael Grange, to explain it all. Is now the time to trade Andrea Bargnani, he was asked.

Mr Grange said NO!

For a brief moment I thought, wow, Rogers didn’t script this very well. Continue reading

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For your information: International Rugby World Cup Timeline 1983-2011

Francois Pienaar receives the Rugby World Cup from Nelson Mandela in 1995. (Getty Images)

THE INVOLVEMENT of the South African national rugby team, the Springboks, in international rugby is rife with controversy. In the 1960s, as international criticism of apartheid grew, the Springboks became increasingly isolated in the international arena as they were seen as representatives of the apartheid government. The 1976 All Blacks (New Zealand’s national rugby team) tour of South Africa, which occurred shortly after the Sharpeville Massacre, attracted strong international condemnation that resulted in 28 countries boycotting the 1976 Summer Olympics. Continue reading

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The great ‘trade’ and the view from Miami: No free lunch? Just ask Marlins’ owner

By MAX J. CASTRO, Progresso Weekly

Field of schemes: finance capital, which lent $500 million to Miami Dade County to finance the white elephant, take the people to the cleaners in a deal brokered by Jeffrey Loria – the same ”art dealer” who snookered the Montreal Expos for a song.

MIAMI – “Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.” So goes the saying once famously mangled by George W. Bush. But what do you say when you are fooled not twice but thrice? Forget it, Jake, this is Miami?

I had to resort to fiddling with a memorable line from Roman Polanski’s classic movie Chinatown because popular adages don’t even cover the level of foolhardiness Miami baseball fans, public officials, and community boosters have displayed over the last fifteen years where the Marlins are concerned.

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Israel’s racist football club


A new and excellent 15-minute documentary by the American cable television network ESPN’s Jeremy Schaap, aired last week on ESPN’s award-winning primetime sports show E:60, sheds light on the Israeli football club Beitar Jerusalem. Fans of Beitar Jerusalem, a member of Israel’s Premier League and enjoys a large fan base in and around Jerusalem, are well known for their notorious racism and ultra-nationalism. Continue reading

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