A Tale of Two (Hockey) Cities

"Not to say the expectations weren’t high this year. Many pegged the Leafs to keep moving forward given their young forward talent (led by budding icon, Auston Matthews). The feeling of meeting lofty expectations is just something that a pessimistic Leafs fan isn’t used to yet."

To Lift or Not to Lift

"Powerlifting is a sport known for its simplicity of concept, and for the intense dedication and strength its athletes show. When in competition, athletes will perform three lifts to test both their physical and mental endurance. These three lifts consist of the bench press, the squat, and the deadlift."

Remembering Roy

"As proven by his stellar performance over his relatively lengthy career, Roy Halladay truly was one of the greatest to ever pitch in the MLB. What happened this week was tragic, and although he is gone, his historic play will remain with us forever. Rest in peace, Doc."

Not All that Glitters is Gold

"With 3 goalies on injured reserve, Vegas called up Maxime Lagace who was in net against the Leafs Monday night, and of course was clipped in his crease by the Leaf’s Zach Hyman in the second period. Fortunately, Lagace was able to shake it off, and prevent another goalie change. This time it would have been 19-year-old Dylan Ferguson, the emergency call up, who currently plays for the WHL’s Kamloops Blazers, and doesn’t even have an image pop up on the Vegas roster page."

TFC Entering Playoffs After Record Season

"Toronto FC is coming off not only with the team’s greatest season in history, but the best season in league history officially after a 2–2 draw in their last match against Atlanta United. That point means that TFC finished the season on 69 points, one more than the 68 that the 1998 LA Galaxy posted in the shootout era and the 67 points that the LA Galaxy posted in 2011 in the post-shootout era."

The Return of St. Mike's Greats

"30 years ago, some 400 St. Mike’s fans packed the stands to watch their intramural football team win the Mulock Cup four years in a row. For those who do not know, the (now defunct) Mulock Cup is the oldest trophy in Canada, and was awarded to the best intramural football/rugby team within U of T."

The Race for October

"The Astros oversaw a 3–1 series victory over the Boston Red Sox in a series that many had as already deciding the eventual champions. Facing off against the Astros will be the rebuilding powerhouse New York Yankees, who are coming off an impressive 3–2 series win against last year’s runner-ups, the Cleveland Indians."

The Leafs' Big Break

"All over sports centers and news outlets, reporters are forecasting a fruitful season for the Leafs. The Leafs’ first game against the Winnipeg Jets set the tone with a 7-goal outburst that will probably have Leafs fans squealing and excited to shell out hundreds to watch their team at the Air Canada Centre."

The Nature of Protest in Sports

"However, this display of unity may distract fans and observers from the issue Kaepernick set out to make known. It is valuable to support unity, but if the support is not widely accepted and established, the people it was intended to benefit will fall through the cracks."

Intramurals and You

"Fortunately, there are ways to split the massive entity that is U of T and to form groups where common interests are shared and friendships are made. One of these ways is through the world of intramural sports."

Hockey Versus the USA Women's National Team

"Despite the necessity of striking to attain equal treatment from USA Hockey, the decision to not play in this year’s IIHF World Championship is particularly tough since the team has won the past three championships. “To voluntarily take ourselves out of the running is not easy, but it’s what’s right and we’re asking for what’s right and fair,” said forward Jocelyn Lamoureux-Davidson."

Blues Take Bronze!

"Looking forward, I’m sure the team was unfazed by a bronze medal. They celebrated loudly after that last point against Ryerson, and took in the hometown adoration like the champions they are.

Review: "Goon: The Last Enforcer"

"It’s no surprise that Baruchel’s sequel can’t find the laughs like the first one did: its subject matter is messy and ugly. It attempts to deal with aging hockey players who play roles that have become obsolete in the modern game — not just because speedier, leaner players score more goals, but because the damage enforcers do to their bodies is horrifying.

The Best Player of His Era

"What makes Crosby exceptional is not that he is an exceptional stick handler, nor that he is the best goal scorer in the league; rather, he is exceptional because he is elite in every aspect of the game. He has the rare ability to make the players around him better, is extremely hard working, and is passionate about the game of hockey."

Blue Jay's Spring Training Report

"Spring training is in full swing down in Florida. The Toronto Blue Jays have already notched a few exhibition games to test out the new bats and work in the gloves. With baseball season just around the corner, let’s take in the Jays’ new roster and assess how they’re looking for opening day."

One for the Ages: Super Bowl 51

"As someone whose viewership of football is limited to the Super Bowl, I must say that Super Bowl 51 was one of the greatest moments in sports that I have ever seen.  The sheer excitement, and for some, dread, of seeing the New England Patriots accomplish what to many seemed unlikely if not impossible will forever go down, in my opinion, as a sporting event which truly lived up to its potential."

The Year of the Champions

"Socially, everyone has taken a big loss this year with what has got to be worst comeback story of all time, the U.S. Presidential Election. It’s good that we had sports as an escape this year."

Raptors Midseason Report

"This kind of drama setting is unheard of out of the recent Raptors. It’s been all “bromances,” Jurassic Parks and losses to Paul Pierce, since the Raptors traded Rudy Gay for Patrick Paterson in 2013. This is new, ugly, and unwelcomed, but the Raptors need to persevere and show what they’re made of - or else those young Leafs are going to fill a Raptor-sized hole in Toronto’s heart unless Ibaka can show up."

The Adaptations of Canada's Game-Analytics and Enforcers

"If you’ve talked to someone who watches NHL hockey recently, you may have heard phrases like ‘the rise of analytics’ or ‘the demise of the enforcer.’ At first, these may seem like unrelated concepts with little impact on each other, but in fact, the rise of one is directly linked to the demise of the other."