Carlyle The Scapegoat For Previous Mistakes of Ontario Teachers’ Pension Fund

|

Today, Randy Carlyle finds himself as the ex-coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs, fired because according to Senior Vice President and General Manager Dave Nonis, the team played “inconsistently”. In fact, they played like the remnant of the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Fund-Brian Burke team. I used to have Toronto Maple Leaf season tickets during the […] READ MORE


Not The Playoff Pairing Peyton Manning Wanted

|

All four contests in the next round of the NFL playoffs have some additional drama to them but probably the one that has caught most of the fans’ imagination will be the Denver Broncos against the Indianapolis Colts. Peyton Manning will face off against his old team and his successor, Andrew Luck. Manning in public […] READ MORE


World Junior Hockey Championships Final Report

|

The World Junior Hockey Championships are now over and what do the results tell us? Here is one interpretation. Best Team At The Tournament Canada After missing the medals for the last two years and not winning the tournament since 2009, Canada was clearly on a mission and played like it. With the exception of […] READ MORE


NHL Three Month Report

|

As the title says, the NHL season is now three months old, and we’re nearly at the half-way point. Here’s a look at some of the most notable things that have happened so far in 2014-15 and how they might impact the rest of the NHL schedule. NHL Three Month Report Biggest Surprises 1. New […] READ MORE


Selling The CFL #6: Where’s Footballville In Canada?

|

Hockey is clearly the number one sport in Canada, and as such gets more sponsors and endorsements than CFL football. One marketing concept practiced by the CBC and Sportsnet is called Kraft Hockeyville. Selling The CFL #6: Where’s Footballville In Canada? The sponsors are Kraft Foods, Sportsnet, the NHL, and the NHLPA. The concept is […] READ MORE


NHL Expansion Candidates Have To Start Building Now

|

Last year, Toronto, Seattle, Quebec and Las Vegas announced that if the NHL were to expand, they would bid for a team. The NHL’s position is that they are in a “see who is interested stage”, but it is rumored that the league will expand by four teams starting in 2017 to mark its 100th […] READ MORE


World Junior Hockey Championships First Round Report

|

The first round of the World Junior Hockey Championships is over and for the most part, everything went as “scheduled”.  In truth it has been disappointing so far.  There has been more negative things about it than positive things to say including the attendance at Montreal which has refused to pay NHL prices for tickets.  […] READ MORE


Selling the CFL #5: Get Children Involved

|

Several years ago, on another blog, I wrote that the CFL had to get more Canadians involved right across the country in order for the CFL to grow and expand. One way of doing this is to copy the NFL, which has a yearly punt, pass, and kick competition that involves children from 8 to 13 […] READ MORE


Winnipeg Jets Have The Most At Stake In WJHC

|

Of the seven Canadian NHL franchises, no one will be monitoring the World Junior Hockey Championship more closely than the Winnipeg Jets. They have six prospects playing in the tournament; three Canadians, one American, one player from the Czech Republic, and one from Denmark.  They include two first round picks, two second round picks, and […] READ MORE


World Junior Hockey Championship Is Not What It Could Be

|

The 2015 World Junior Hockey Championship begins today with ten teams, the seven traditional countries (Canada, United States, Russia, Czech Republic, Sweden, Finland, Slovakia), one improved country, Switzerland, and two B-level teams, Germany and Denmark. Currently the tournament has the right number of teams but it could be a lot more than what it is […] READ MORE