Without a doubt, I'm rooting for Gonzaga to win this year's NCAA's March Madness tournament. If you're fellow Canadian, you should be too, for two good reasons: Kelly Olynyk and Kevin Pangos.
Olynyk, a seven-foot forward from Kamloops and Pangos, a point guard from Holland Landing, Ontario, have led Gonzaga to a stellar 31-2 record. Quite possibly the best team in the United States is being powered by two Canadians and that's pretty sweet.
So it's Go Gonzago Go in this household, but I'll also be cheering for Michigan and UNLV. Mississauga's own Nik Stauskas plays for the Michigan Wolverines and is one of the best three point shooters in the NCAA. UNLV's Anthony Bennett hails from Brampton and is a projected top-five NBA draft pick.
Lots of Cancon in this year's tourney, which gets underway in less than an hour. If you want to hear my brother and his buddy pick the winners, listen to episode 5 of Fantasy Sports Hookup.
If you're an NBA fan, you've already seen it a dozen times. Last night, during the Clippers / Pistons game, DeAndre Jordan posterized Brandon Knight with an alley-oop slam that... well... you've got to see it to appreciate it.
Over on Reddit, they're having fun with it.
There's the aftermath:
And finally, the artist's rendering of the murder itself.
The New York Section I Class AA boys basketball championship game between New Rochelle (N.Y.) High and Mt. Vernon (N.Y.) High. took place yesterday. You won't believe how it ended.
Khalil Edney FTW. Wow.
Toronto Sports fans, I have good news. It seems we bounced off the bottom in August and things are looking up.
At that time, the Jays, Leafs, Raptors, TFC and Argos were all in pretty dire straits. You'll have to click back for details. I called it a "brand new low", but as I type this today I'm pleased to report the Argos are Grey Cup champs, the Blue Jays are entering the pre-season as World Series favourites and both the Leafs and Raptors are on four game winning streaks. Heck, the Leafs might even make the playoffs for the first time since 2004.
And let me tell you as someone who is watching both the Leafs and Raptors these days, they're both entertaining and full of hope, something that's been sorely lacking the past few years. The Toronto professional sports scene is suddenly respectable again.
Go Jays Go! And go Leafs, Raptors and Argos, too! I'm not sure about TFC, but the other teams are headed in the right direction.
In retrospect, this "Bullet in the Chamber" Nike ad featuring the "Blade Runner" Oscar Pistorius is rather unfortunate.
Oscar Pistorius has been charged with murder after allegedly shooting and killing his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his home in South Africa.
This tweet from Reeva Steenkamp yesterday is also retrospectively heartbreaking.
That was a slam dunk when he was with the Suns and Mavs, but Steve Nash is now a Laker. That's a tougher pill to swallow. To root for Steve Nash is to root for the LA Lakers. Yuck.
This is the Steve Nash Dilemma we're all faced with now. We have to hold our noses and root for another Lakers NBA championship. The man is greater than the sum of his parts.
When the Toronto Raptors released Toronto native Jamaal Magloire the other day, it brought the number of Canadians in the NBA down to 8.
Here are the 8 Canadians currently playing in the NBA:
- Joel Anthony - C - Miami Heat
- Samuel Dalembert - C - Houston Rockets
- Cory Joseph - PG - San Antonio Spurs
- Kris Joseph - SF - Boston Celtics
- Steve Nash - PG - Los Angeles Lakers
- Andrew Nicholson - PF - Orlando Magic
- Robert Sacre - C - Los Angeles Lakers
- Tristan Thompson - PF - Cleveland Cavaliers
Nash playing for the Lakers presents an interesting dilemma I'll address in episode 11 of Toronto Mike'd, which just happens to be recording tonight.
Every time I see Tim Lincecum pitch for the San Francisco Giants, I think about Mitch Kramer in Dazed & Confused. The resemblance is uncanny.
Mitchy. Mitchy, Mitchy, Mitchy...
The NHL lockout has been going on for over two weeks now and there is no end in sight. The whole pre-season was cancelled and the first official matches, scheduled to begin October 11, are not going to take place either. It looks now that at least the first two weeks of the season will be cancelled but there is some hope of further talks later this week.
The lockout has already cost the teams losses of over $100 million, but neither the players nor the owners seem likely to budge. While the millionaires fight the billionaires over pay cuts, it is the fans who are the real losers in this battle. Instead of placing NHL odds on the results of the first games the bets are on when the season will finally start. Meanwhile, the fans are offered East-European hockey league on TV, but that is not going a long way to console a die-hard NHL fan.
But like in every fight, someone is always likely to win - this time it is the European hockey fans that are enjoying the temporary posts some big NHL stars have taken in various European leagues. Jason Demers (SJS) is entertaining fans in Oulu, Finland, while Jamie Benn (DS) can be spotted playing for a German team Hamburg Freezers. So, it seems that the only way for NHL fans to see their stars in action in the foreseeable future is to book a flight to Europe and have a nice long vacation enjoying historical sights and some top hockey.
In one of the greatest last minute comebacks in NBA History, Tracy McGrady took the Houston Rockets on his back and beat the San Antonio Spurs on December 9, 2004.
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