Toronto’s fond farewell to John Gibbons exposes deep faults

The Blue Jays’ president and GM bear the brunt of the blame for a horrible season, not the departing manager

Toronto’s fond farewell to John Gibbons exposes deep faultsLegendary baseball manager Leo Durocher once growled, “Show me a good loser and I‘ll show you a loser.” Soon-to-be ex-Blue Jays manager John Gibbons is certainly not a loser. Trips to the post-season in 2015 and 2016 showed him at his best. But for his 10 seasons during two stints in Toronto, his record was…

The increasing – and disturbing – militarization of U.S. sports

The NFL and other pro sports leagues don't celebrate the military as gestures of patriotism. The only motivating factor is money

The increasing – and disturbing – militarization of U.S. sportsAmerica’s major professional sports leagues – most notably the National Football League – have increasingly teamed with the military and corporations to serve up ugly forms of paid and forced patriotism. “The melding of sports and the military should be seen as inappropriate, if not insidious,” says William Astore, a retired U.S. Air Force lieutenant-colonel…

How migrants in search of championships hurt pro sports

Expansion meant salary caps and luxury taxes were necessary to keep teams competitive. But the system has failed players and fans

How migrants in search of championships hurt pro sportsThe problem with giving an athlete all the money he’ll ever need is that he’s going to ask you for something you can’t guarantee – no matter how much money you have. And that’s a championship. As the Erik Karlsson drama demonstrated last week, when an athlete gets all the money he can command, he’ll…

Clay Riddell, Flames co-owner and Calgary businessman, dead at 81

‘We mourn the passing of a great man of industry, sports, philanthropy and human decency,’ said Calgary Flames vice-chairman and CEO Ken King

Clay Riddell, Flames co-owner and Calgary businessman, dead at 81Clay Riddell, a prominent Calgary businessman and part owner of the Calgary Flames, has died at the age of 81. The National Hockey League team announced the passing of one of the city’s most successful and well-known executives on its website. “We mourn the passing of a great man of industry, sports, philanthropy and human…

Our View: Olympic Games 2026 is what Calgary needs

There’s no question that Calgary could use the massive economic stimulus that hosting the Games would bring

Our View: Olympic Games 2026 is what Calgary needsEditorial board Calgarians will decide the future of our bid for the 2026 Winter Olympic Games when they vote in a plebiscite on Nov. 13. We urge citizens to give this bold undertaking an enthusiastic thumbs-up because the business case is strong. There is fierce debate over the risks and benefits that might come from…

Edmonton Eskimos are being forced to play the name game

The CFL team has carried the name for a long time and it’s not racist or demeaning in any way

Edmonton Eskimos are being forced to play the name gameThe Edmonton Eskimos are legendary. From the time of Jackie Parker and Normie Kwong, they’ve been one of the toughest contenders in the Canadian Football League. Now they face demands to change their name. Some Inuit and other Indigenous groups say the name is racist and demeaning, and ‘Eskimos’ must go. According to critics, the…

Serena Williams: The epitome of poor sportsmanship

There isn’t any sport – played by men or women – in which Williams’ behaviour at the U.S. Open would or should be tolerated

Serena Williams: The epitome of poor sportsmanshipSerena Williams wanted an apology from Carlos Ramos. It should’ve been the other way around. Ramos was the chair umpire in the U.S. Open women’s tennis final last Saturday. The match pitted Williams against a young upstart from Japan named Naomi Osaka. Ramos is widely recognized as one of pro tennis’s best umpires, one of…

Why Olympic decision 2026 matters to every Calgarian

The conversation around hosting the Games is an opportunity to unite different age groups and mindsets

Why Olympic decision 2026 matters to every CalgarianA generation after the 1988 Olympics transformed Calgary, its citizens are debating whether to bid for the 2026 Games. Calgary city council votes on Sept. 10 on whether to keep the process alive and its citizens will have their say in a plebiscite on Nov. 13. What are the risks and rewards in hosting the…

Will fans stay loyal as the Blue Jays rebuild?

The 2015 and 2016 Jays were wildly successful but that winning culture couldn't be sustained. A new winning era will take time

Will fans stay loyal as the Blue Jays rebuild?In retail, the time-honoured phrase is “Under-promise and over-deliver.” In sports, you might amend that to: “If you promise something, you’d better deliver.” The history of sport is lined with examples of a fan base turning on a team that, just years earlier, it had worshipped. My book Ice Storm catalogues the meteoric romance between…

Why the CFL’s Diversity is Strength campaign falls short

Diversity separated from unity is generally not a good thing. We need unity of purpose, on the field and in life

Why the CFL’s Diversity is Strength campaign falls shortDiversity concerns have been front and centre in recent days. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau characterized a woman’s view as “racist” after she heckled him; Maxime Bernier criticized “extreme multiculturalism” before he left the Conservative Party to set up his own. Rhetoric about diversity can be both heated and so routine as to be boilerplate, obscuring…