Tuesday, August 11, 2015

It's Starting to Feel Like '93 Again: 2015 Toronto Blue Jays are making it fun to be a sports fan

It was October 23, 1993 when Joe Carter hit the famous walk-off home run that won the Toronto Blue Jays their second of back-to-back World Series titles. 

13 days later, I was born. 

Friday, May 29, 2015

Ahmed Tahir revels in future role as HSF President

Ahmed Tahir will serve as HSF President for 2015-16 (Photo via Craig Bagol)
Ahmed Tahir sat among his fellow Humber Student Federation executive nominees, waiting to hear if he won the presidency. 

He was sweating. Three months of campaigning, shaking hands and posting posters around the school. The polls were closed. Matters were out of his hands. 

“I was so nervous,” said Tahir, a 23-year-old who served as vice-president of student life at North campus for the past year. “I remember the room was quiet, everyone was smiling and telling each other they ran a great campaign, but you could definitely feel the tension. My stomach was churning.” 

Then the results were in. And with 34.6 per cent of the vote, Tahir won. In his first act as president-elect, he called his mother.

“Immediately after that, I turned my phone off,” Tahir said. “I knew everyone would call or text me once the news broke, and I just wanted to unwind.”

That night, he went for a steak dinner with friends to celebrate the results. 

“It was the juiciest steak I ever had. I think I asked for medium.”

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Humber student makes transition from rink to classroom

Austin Puim (right) plans on becoming a fire fighter
After spending years riding buses between Ontario townships and playing top-tier junior hockey, Austin Puim traded in his gear for fire fighting equipment.

The 19-year-old is in his first year in Humber College’s pre-service firefighter education and training program, hoping to work in a field that’s similar to playing on a team.

“I know it’s cliche, but I love helping people,” said Puim, who grew up in Cambridge, Ont., before enrolling at Humber. “Firefighting is a rare chance to work in a team-atmosphere and help out in the community.”

Puim was captain for his high school team’s Monsignor Doyle Mustangs, where his work ethic on and off the ice was an example of leadership and maturation.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Peas and Carrots

For context, this short-story was for my college writing class. In the category of fiction, Peas and Carrots placed 1st in the 2015 Humber College League for innovation Literary Competition. I'll be representing Humber and going up against different colleges throughout North America for a chance at winning the International Student Literary Competition.

Warning: This story contains mature subject matter. 

Friday, February 20, 2015

The Corsi argument is over: NHL.com adds analytics to their stats page

Kyle Dubas giving a speech to the MLSE board
Adapt or Die

Those words were uttered by Brad Pitt's reincarnation of Billy Beane in the 2011 film Moneyball, based on Michael Lewis' 2003 novel of the same name. The book examined Oakland's on-the-fly inclusion of analytics in their talent evaluation, and how they used non-traditional techniques to improve their club. After the book's release, teams started embracing the same philosophies pioneered in Oakland, and advanced stats became mainstream. 

Now, a decade later, hockey is on its way. 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Here's to Olli Jokinen killing it as a Maple Leaf

"Welcome to the Jungle"
The Toronto Maple Leafs made big news Sunday by trading defenceman Cody Franson and forward Mike Santorelli to the Nashville Predators in exchange for a first round pick, prospect Brendan Leipsic, and veteran forward Olli Jokinen. 

If you want to hear my verbal thoughts on the trade, listen to the first 8:39 of the latest episode of The Hockey Guys Podcast (which I co-host, with Chris Shannon), that you can download on iTunes. Yeah, that'd be great. 

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Marshawn Lynch doesn't owe you anything

Much has been made over Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch refusing to give proper answers to the media over the past few years. On Super Bowl media day last Tuesday, Lynch sat at his podium in front of an estimated 200 reporters with a maddening method.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Maple Leafs can't let toxic environment dictate process

About three years ago, the Toronto Maple Leafs fired head coach Ron Wilson after what was coined by former general manager Brian Burke as "An 18-wheeler going right off a cliff"; in the midst of that madness, I wrote this piece -- which is still the most viewed column in Feels Like '93's history -- and considered it the lowest point in my time following the hockey club.