Sunday, July 31, 2011

Credit to Rory McIlroy for standing by his caddie


Just a quick post, but it was something that I thought earned a bit more than a tweet.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Making a case for Nnamdi Asomugha

Photo courtesy of NFL.com
I hope Asomugha can breathe in this "Ryan" sandwich.



Dear Nnamdi,


I know there is zero chance you will ever read this. And frankly, the odds of anyone reading this is un-likely as well. But because I am a football fanatic, as well as having nothing else to do this afternoon, I want you to hear me out.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The things we think and do not say

"You...complete me. Now where's a couch to jump on when you need one?"



There's a scene in Jerry Maguire where the ruthless sports agent has a sudden life realization and starts typing furiously on his laptop, spitting out what he called "A mission statement". The 5500 word essay, in which Jerry chews out the profession that has brought him endless success, opens the door for some to see him in a brighter light, but also well as leave him open to get destroyed by his co-workers. Nevertheless, the fake mission statement becomes an integral part of the film, emerging as the base for what Jerry believes in, and also the reason why he gets fired from the agency.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

The Dustin Penner effect: Why NHL teams don't make qualifying offers to Restricted Free Agents


In the 2007 off-season, Edmonton Oiler General Manager Kevin Lowe made two monumental contract offers to RFA's Thomas Vanek of the Buffalo Sabres and Anaheim Ducks forward Dustin Penner. Lowe got Vanek to sign a 7 year/$50 million offer sheet, which was then matched by a Sabre squad that had extra cap space with the departures of Chris Drury and Danny Briere. The Ducks, on the other hand, weren't so well off financially, having just won the Stanley Cup with a team that was already up against the cap. Facing a tough decision, Anaheim GM Brian Burke allowed Penner to walk and sign with the Oilers for a 5 year deal worth $21.5 million. In return, the Ducks received Edmonton's top three picks in the 2008 draft (1st, 2nd, and 3rd rounders).

The following that ensued is exactly why signing RFA's is a bad idea.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Thoughts on tomorrow's "Black Keys/Cage the Elephant" concert


The Black Keys and Cage the Elephant will be performing at the John Labatt Centre on July 12th, 2011.


Rock and roll is dying -- that is a fact.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Unwritten Codes of Canada


I love Canada. I also love beer. And Molson Canadian is a beer. Coincidence?

Anyway, Molson made these commercials a few years ago, and I think they are hilarious. In them, they go over 39 facts that only Canadians can truly appreciate. I'm going to post all of them in order, and then tell you how many I have done.