Sporting Life

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

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

According to 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 | 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 […]

The Sparrow’s guide to baseball Blue Jays 2009

Apr 8th, 2009 | By | Category: Sporting Life

As we slowly edge into spring after a long winter of much economic turmoil it is once again time to focus in on more simple pursuits. The economic tsunami has engulfed the world, and its reach and effects extend to all corners of the global village. With that in mind, we begin our annual baseball […]

Back to the future .. can 2008 Blue Jays really return to old golden age?

Apr 4th, 2008 | By | Category: Sporting Life

Are you ready for some baseball? As we now finally hang up the thick coat and put away the toque and mitts, after a winter that has battered and bruised this land from coast to coast to coast, it is time to focus on more summery pursuits. This season promises to be one with many […]

Are you ready for baseball Blue Jays? .. the succession of seasons 2007

Apr 9th, 2007 | By | Category: Sporting Life

As the Leafs fall out of contention in Toronto, like the Canadiens in Montreal and the Oilers in Edmonton, attention in many parts of the wilderness shifts to springtime. It is time once again to get ready for another year of baseball in the Great White North. While the Blue Jays look to vie for […]

Boys of summer 2006 .. new Jays miss out on internationalizing trend .. but C$ still rising

Apr 5th, 2006 | By | Category: Sporting Life

Fresh from the success of the World Baseball Classic, the major league season kicks off this week in parks around North America. With Japan taking the world title over Cuba the sport was shaken out of its myopic concept that the American brand is the best and only one. The game has grown in leaps around the […]

What’s with the World Baseball Classic .. just deja vu all over again?

Mar 13th, 2006 | By | Category: Sporting Life

The other day a friend from Australia who is seriously into cricket told me that a few decades ago the West Indies had some of the best cricket players in the world. But times have changed, and everyone in the West Indies plays baseball today. I thought of this again when I bumped into the […]

The Rogers Blue Jays : are the boys really back?

Apr 7th, 2005 | By | Category: Sporting Life

 TORONTO, April 8, 2005. As the dust is settling from a long off-season – made even longer without our beloved hockey – and as the migrating birds return to northern climes, there is a feeling of renewal in the air. It’s the beginning of baseball season. And just as the first pitch is being thrown […]