His fastball has long since died. He still has a few curveballs which he throws at us routinely. – Nicholas Burns, U.S. State Department Spokesman
BY PETER C. BJARKMAN*
(August 18, 2016) – Most baseball fans tend to take their idle ballpark pastimes far too seriously. On momentary reflection, even a diehard rooter would have to admit that big-league baseball’s most significant historical figures – say, Mantle, Cobb, Barry Bonds, Walter Johnson, even Babe Ruth himself – are only mere blips on the larger canvas of world events. After all, 95 per cent (perhaps more) of the globe’s population has little or no interest whatsoever in what transpires on North American ballpark diamonds. Babe Ruth may well have been one of the grandest icons of American popular culture, yet little in the nature of world events would have been in the slightest degree altered if the flamboyant Babe had never escaped the rustic grounds of St. Mary’s School for Boys in Baltimore. Continue reading
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According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, MLB wants to make life even harder on international amateur free agents by implementing an international draft in the new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).
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You really have to wonder about MLS and its leadership more and more every day, don’t you?
Having two weeks off between the conference semifinals and finals for an international break is just bad planning but at some level it was something they had no say in.
But the money-grubbing decision to shift Game 1 of the Toronto-Montreal series from Stade Saputo to the Big Owe in Montreal not only shows a callous disregard for the players and fans, it’s just a blatant attempt to stuff the pockets of the owners and league. Continue reading
Mexico won the World Cup qualifying match against the U.S. national team 2-1.
US and Mexico players unite for a team photo ahead of their World Cup qualifier in Colombus | AFP
The Mexican and U.S. national soccer teams defied protocol Friday night November 11 in their World Cup qualifier as they posed together for a team photograph in a display of unity as U.S. president-elect Donald Trump threatens to tear the two nations apart. Continue reading
By TIM BOUSQUET*
I was in Toronto over the weekend, so stopped by the Art Gallery of Ontario to check out the Impressionists exhibit. About that some other day… but while there I also toured the permanent collections, including Cabel’s Skaters on the Amstel, painted between 1620 and 1625. Continue reading
By FINIAN CUNNINGHAM*
The Rule Britannia brigade were out in force this week furiously denouncing an international football ban on what they say is their right to commemorate Britain’s war dead.
Soccer’s world governing body, FIFA, ruled that when England plays Scotland next week on November 11 neither team is permitted to wear the red poppy symbol on their shirts. Continue reading
(November 4 2016) – The red-black flag is considered to be offensive for Poles as the flag of the Ukrainian nationalists.
The International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) has decided to fine the Football Federation of Ukraine 15,000 Swiss Francs for the “discriminatory and unsportsmanlike behaviour of fans.” This was reported by Ukrainian media. Continue reading