Sporting Life

Blue Jays 2016 : Last 87 days last year were magical .. this year will be a long season and glorious (we hope!)

Apr 8th, 2016 | By Rob Sparrow | Category: Sporting Life

There is symmetry in numbers…200 of them to be exact.  For that was how many days the Blue Jays had in 2015.  A mercurial season that began in early April and ended on the 200th day in heart breaking fashion, eliminated on a cold and rainy Kauffman Field in Game 6 of the AL Championship [...]



Old Toronto memories of worst team in NHL .. Al Rollins & Black Hawks + Erin Andrews & Jarret Stoll

Mar 5th, 2016 | By Dominic Berry | Category: Sporting Life

MARCH 5, 2016. TORONTO, ON. For several days my morning TV news has been harshly reminding me that the Toronto Maple Leafs (in my hometown, I will quietly confess at the start) are the worst team in the entire National Hockey League/Ligue nationale de hockey. The NHL/LNH is now a much bigger operation than it [...]



Blue Jays 2015 .. long winter into drought that may be ending very soon!

Apr 11th, 2015 | By Rob Sparrow | Category: Sporting Life

As the Blue Jays head north after one of the longest winters in recent memory, they come loaded with baggage and a lot of questions.  Baggage in the sense that they now carry the longest playoff drought (21 yrs.) of any of the 124 teams in the four North American major sports.  Compounded by questions [...]



Blue Jays 2014 .. a little luck and hope may not be such a bad thing

Apr 5th, 2014 | By Rob Sparrow | Category: Sporting Life

After an agonizing summer of 2013, and a long winter that brought about loss, the coming of spring is a welcome respite, and with it baseball. A disappointing 2013 season was made to hurt even more watching former Blue Jays skipper, and current Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell, hoist the World Championship trophy on [...]



Blue Jay Revival 2013 .. the story begins (maybe)??

Apr 2nd, 2013 | By Rob Sparrow | Category: Sporting Life

It all started with a short tweet … Josh Johnson was coming to the Blue Jays … yet something was different … the twitter universe was abuzz with activity … others would be joining him. It’s how news gets around these days: 140 characters or less is how the events of the world unfold.  Electronic [...]



Let’s Go Blue Jays Let’s Go 2012 : From the winter that never was .. to the most exciting season in years!

Apr 9th, 2012 | By Rob Sparrow | Category: Sporting Life

Up in the not-so great white north, on the heels of a winter that never was, it is once again time for baseball.  And in a city that is craving something to cheer about, the Blue Jays have given all the reason for optimism, with a record-setting spring going 24-7, and inspired play in Cleveland [...]



The greatest Blue Jay .. and the Paris Hilton of Puerto Rico

Aug 1st, 2011 | By Dominic Berry | Category: Sporting Life

If you were among the tens (or even hundreds?) of thousands (or even millions?) who watched the strangely moving ceremony in which new Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Roberto Alomar’s Toronto Blue Jays’ number 12 was officially retired, on the sunny early afternoon of Sunday, July 31, 2011, you may share a certain puzzlement among [...]



Blue Jays 2011 : Is the turning point at hand .. at last?

Apr 2nd, 2011 | By Rob Sparrow | Category: Sporting Life

Springtime has always brought with it an inherent calling to taking stock and to cleaning up.  Both looking back on the damage wrought by the long harsh winter, and looking forward determining what is needed for the growing season. This important short interval sets the tone for what follows. For the second straight year Blue [...]



Blue Jays 2010 .. if you build a better team will the fans come back?

Apr 12th, 2010 | By Rob Sparrow | Category: Sporting Life

According to www.yourdictionary.com there are three main meanings for fans/fanatics: 1.  a person whose enthusiasm or zeal for something is extreme or beyond normal limits; 2. a person devoted to a particular hobby or pastime; 3. a person motivated by irrational exuberance. However you define them, fans are the lifeblood and support of any professional [...]



Quintessential Toronto Maple Leaf goes to great ice rink in sky

Aug 16th, 2009 | By Dominic Berry | Category: Sporting Life

Present-day fans of the Toronto representatives in the National Hockey League will find it inconceivable. But Ted “Teeder” Kennedy, “perhaps the quintessential Maple Leaf” (or just “quintessential Leaf“), played centre for only 14 seasons in the 1940s and 1950s, and was actually “PART OF FIVE STANLEY CUP VICTORIES.” Alas, the hockey-star Ted Kennedy of the [...]