I don't have a horse left in either race, but if I'm chilling at night, I'll watch the NBA and NHL playoffs. This is especially true now that both leagues are in their respective conference finals. The Lakers lost last night to the Denver Nuggets, who swept the series 4-0.
Admittedly, I only recently learned about padel. Here's the blurb from Wikipedia. Padel (Spanish: pádel) is a racket sport typically played in doubles on an enclosed court slightly smaller than a doubles tennis court. Scoring is the same as normal tennis, and the balls used are similar but
I used to spend more time watching sports on television. To be frank, I had more time for television! Today, I'm raising four kids, running my own business, and biking for 90+ minutes every day. That doesn't leave a lot of time for TV. As I write, late into my
Major League Soccer just announced a 10-year deal with Apple beginning in 2023. In a historic first for sports, fans can stream every single MLS match through the Apple TV app, without any local blackouts or restrictions. 10-year deal, beginning in 2023. Every MLS and Leagues Cup* match. Select MLS
Joey Moss, beloved Edmonton Oilers locker room attendant, passed away in 2020. La Bamba was his favourite song, but not the original by Ritchie Valens. Joey loved the 1987 cover by East L.A. band Los Lobos that was recorded for the film La Bamba, starring Lou Diamond Phillips. In
Super Bowl LV just wrapped up. As games go, this was a dog with fleas. Tampa Bay dominated Kansas City and won 31-9. It's the first Super Bowl won by the home team. I grew up in awe of Joe Montana. The man won four Super Bowls. That equaled the
I think of Hebsy on Sports as a podcast. So I encourage you to subscribe to it wherever you get your podcasts. But Mark Hebscher is a television star, so he thinks of it as a video presentation. Starting with this week's episode, the video will reside on his YouTube
Sportsnet has parted ways with Mike Wilner. This news makes me very sad, not just because I like the way Mike calls a Jays game on the radio, but because I'm a big fan of Mike as a human being. Thanks for the memories, @wilnerness590! Statement from @Sportsnet: pic.twitter.
Back in October 2005, I wrote this about Larry Walker. The greatest position player this nation has ever produced may have played his last game. I'm speaking, of course, about Maple Ridge, BC native Larry Walker. If he has indeed played his last game, and he hasn't made that fact
The Washington Nationals are a win away from their first World Series appearance. It won't just be the Nats first World Series, but the franchise's first World Series. Prior to moving to Washington for the 2005 season they were the Montreal Expos. As a kid, I'd read the Toronto Star's
Bianca Andreescu has become the first Canadian to win a Grand Slam singles title. She stunned Serena Williams with a 6-2, 7-5 victory to capture the 2019 US Open title.
I've been following Toronto sports closely for almost 40 years. Ok, 37 years to be specific, but I prefer round numbers. Now that I've had a couple of sleeps since witnessing The Shot, I find myself literally stuck in that moment. That shot was a true moment. It was a
Yesterday was a very good Friday for Toronto sports fans. We won 'em all! In a crucial game five in Boston, the Leafs held on for a 2-1 win and a 3-2 series lead. This was a biggie. Meanwhile, in Orlando, the Raptors beat the Magic 98-93 to take a
Bob Cole is my favourite hockey pxp announcer of all-time. I've hardly been shy about this fact. I wrote about it nine years ago, eight years ago and six years ago. When the stakes are high, nothing beats Bob Cole's poetic flavour and irreplaceable timbre. As I type this, Bob
In this 421st episode, Mike chats with Mark Hebscher, Brian Gerstein and Milon Talsania about the current state of sports media in Canada. This episode is exactly 2:29:40. You can listen to this episode in a variety of ways: Subscribe in iTunesListen via Google Play MusicSave to your
Jaromir Jagr has cleared waivers and has been lent by the Calgary Flames to the HC Kladno in the Czech league. With Jagr's NHL career seemingly over, something has become true for the first time in my life... I am now older than every player in the NHL, NBA, NFL
The first time I wrote about Sidney Crosby was October 6, 2003. He was tearing it up with the Rimouski Oceanic as a 16-year old and I had just read a quote from Wayne Gretzky claiming he was the most talented prospect he'd seen since Mario Lemieux. That got my
I've always loved sports. My first love was the Toronto Blue Jays when I discovered them during the summer of '83. Tom Cheek and Jerry Howarth were my guides and I listened as often as possible. I discovered the Toronto Maple Leafs shortly thereafter, mesmerized by Rick Vaive's scoring touch.
I watched yesterday's Super Bowl in its entirety and it eerily reflected the recent US presidential election. It appeared as if the good guys would win easy until a historical reversal awarded the crown to the other guys. At one point in the third quarter I considered bailing on the
Have you ever watched old footage of an NHL hockey game and remarked that the boards are ad-less? They're quaint in their starkness. At some point ads were introduced and we just got used to it. Watching TFC matches, it's impossible to ignore the BMO ad on the jerseys. If
I've been blogging here for 14 years, and during that time there were some pretty low times in Toronto sports. Just four years ago I wrote this about the new bottom for Toronto sports teams. Things were very, very bad for the big five. In 2016, things got a whole
After 108 years, the Cubs have finally won the World Series. What a game! That's a long drought, and immediately I thought of my Leafs. I've never seen them play in a Stanley Cup final, as their last appearance was in 1967. But there are franchises with far longer droughts
I'm writing this entry out of frustration. My pal Freddie P thinks I'm "a fool" because I told him TFC was more popular in Toronto than the Argos. In my humble opinion, TFC is more popular than the Argonauts in this city. Fred, obviously, strongly disagrees. Fred bases 100% of
Cleveland swept the BoSox and will face our Jays in the ALCS. It all starts Friday night. I've been intentionally referring to their team as "Cleveland" and not by the nickname "Indians" because I'm not comfortable with it. I know the story of Louis Sockalexis and understand it's meant as
In the world of professional sports, I'm focused on the Jays vs. Red Sox this afternoon. A win and we'll host the wild card game Tuesday. This is a big game. I was just biking with my two older kids and we were chatting about the Jays. My 14-year old