Calling the shots

There’s nothing more grand in baseball than a home run, which is why the art of the “home run call” for baseball broadcasters is a point of creativity, spontananeity and, sometimes, pride. How the broadcaster describes the big fly ball remains ingrained in our memories, and each subsequent homer adds to the lore, which forces each broadcaster to be unique in the way he or she immortalizes the call.


The Savior: Connor McDavid leads Erie’s return to relevance

Flashback to March 5, 2012. It’s game five of the GTHL Championship between the Toronto Marlboros and Mississauga Rebels. With a win the Marlboros will be crowned champions. In a close affair the teams find themselves tied 2-2 with the clock dwindling in the third period. There’s energy in the air, however. A certain type […]


This Love Is Not for Cowards (2012)

Rating: 9.5/10   “If you’re not positive, you’re not growing,” he argued. “You’re already dead, and the bullet hasn’t even found you yet.” –p. 148   The key to living in Ciudad Juárez is not to care about the dead bodies – it’s to see beyond the bodies. It’s a necessity, because the bodies are […]


MVP – Media Valued Players

The battle for the American League Most Valuable Player is squarely between Miguel Cabrera and Mike Trout. Cabrera is on the verge of possibly winning the first hitters’ Triple Crown since 1967, while Mike Trout is dominating the new metrics charts like few ever have – and doing so as a rookie. This year’s award will essentially come down to a battle of the old guard versus the new.

Other Sports

The fall and rise of UFC

The history of the UFC has been a turbulent one. The sport’s fledging story began in 1993, and the difference between product offered then and that seen now is light night and day. Still, like any business, growing pains were necessary for the company to become the multi-million dollar empire it is, and much of that success is owed to one man: Dana White.


What to look forward to during an NHL lockout

We don’t know how long this NHL lockout will last, so if it becomes extended, we’ll have to get our hockey fixes in other places. Thankfully, Matt Horner has compiled a list of events and tournaments that can tide us over until the locks come off the doors and the NHL players get back to wearing the proper sweaters.


Baseball’s new playoff system creating September hype

With a second Wild Card team added to the MLB postseason, there’s a new sense of hope for fans in many cities across America. And 2012 is proving to be even more exciting as many playoff hopeful teams are not the usual suspects. The Athletics, Orioles and Nationals are all on the cusp of making the playoffs for the first time in several years.


A welcome return to the AHL

With yet another NHL lockout upon them, many players are looking for alternative places to play. The young ones will be welcomed back to the American Hockey League where most will get some extra much-needed experience, as they did in 2004-05. With the added infusion of talent in the AHL, fans will still be able to get their hockey fix and watch an elite-level product at the same time.


Allons-y Nationals!

After years of toiling in Montreal, the Expos packed up and moved south to Washington to become the Nationals. While the heritage remains intact, this new bunch is nothing like the old, from the players to the management to the stadium. Even the dedication of the fans is refreshing, and it has all driven the team to what will likely be its second postseason berth in franchise history.


Shved and Kirilenko: From the fence to Minnesota

The Minnesota Timberwolves have had some trouble in recent seasons, but it appears that a change is on the horizon. With the likes of Ricky Rubio, Nikola Pekovic, Andrei Kirilenko and Alexey Shved all on the team, the T’Wolves have a dangerous combination of imports that can play numerous styles. But it may be the young Shved who becomes the biggest contributor of all.