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Fantasy is my reality

After unloading my backpack stuffed full of books and unzipping my puffy jacket, I settle into my McLennan carrel with a Tim Hortons’ double-double for a long study session. I open up my computer, click on Safari, and type “Yahoo fantasy basketball” into the Google search bar. The results appear, and the normally blue hyperlink… Keep Reading

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CFL: why don’t we stand on guard for thee?

I woke up on Saturday, opened my curtains, and noticed a brisk November wind carrying snowflakes through the early morning (maybe afternoon) air. I thought to myself, “it’s about time, this is Canada. Snow in November is normal, expected.” But this November has not been normal; it has not been Canadian. Earlier this month, hundreds… Keep Reading

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Floundering Marlins

My only lasting memory of the Montreal Expos is when my parents bought me a Florida Marlins baseball cap at a game. I kept badgering them for that nifty, teal-colored cap with the fish. I didn’t care for baseball as a child, but their cool logo gave the Marlins a new supporter. In 2012, the… Keep Reading

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Beers, cheers, and tears: that’s politics

‘Happy Hour’ on a Tuesday night—not exactly the time you would expect to pay $3 cover at Gert’s. But our thirst had to be quenched, and we couldn’t walk much further. My friend and I were in search of a simple study break and an escape from the ‘McLennan Madness.’ As we ordered our first… Keep Reading

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Football too violent? Try rugby

When I first started playing rugby, my parents were worried I was at risk of serious injury. I argued that sports like hockey—which both my brother and sister played—or football were more dangerous, despite the padding used. After a lot of pleading, my parents reluctantly agreed to let me play. As I grew older and… Keep Reading

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Soccer is anything but mundane

Let’s make one thing clear: I absolutely love sports. Whether it’s football, baseball, tennis, or even badminton, I am willing to watch just about anything. However, there is only one sport for which I have an undying passion: soccer. I laughed when I turned on the television to read the day’s top sports headline: ‘Sidney… Keep Reading

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The Boston Pizza Bruins? Not for my kid.

In parenthood, our primary concern will be raising our children properly, from ensuring their happiness and well-being to familiarizing them with the colours of division rivals. The proudest occasion of any sport-loving parent will be the purchase of his or her child’s first jersey. Picture the joy on their faces upon unboxing the iconic Bruins… Keep Reading

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Still in Armstrong’s Peloton

For the past 10 summers, I’ve had an odd July morning ritual. I wake up early and watch the Tour de France. What compels me to watch this low-tech version of NASCAR? One reason: Lance Armstrong and his inspiring story. I was extremely saddened a few weeks ago when the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA)… Keep Reading

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Can the NHL recover from another lockout?

When the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players’ Association negotiated a new Collective Bargaining Agreement eight years ago, the failure on the part of both parties to reach a new deal resulted in the cancellation of the entire 2004-2005 season. As was well documented, the negative impact of this experience on the… Keep Reading

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Zamb on it, zamb on it

It’s often said that every Canadian kid grows up with hockey in their veins. We learn to skate before we can walk, have our first near-death experience playing street hockey, and know the (former) theme music to Hockey Night in Canada better than the “real” national anthem (that’s the song they play when we win… Keep Reading

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