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GUELPH A Ticat veteran, who had never been here before, walked hesitantly across the track at Alumni Stadium looked around a little dazedly at the garish, checker-board end zone, and said, ‘so this is home, eh?’ The short answer? Yep. The longer one? Make the best of it, because the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2013 at As we were saying
A guy sits at Tiger-Cats rookie camp with one eye on the International Olympic Committee, which has obviously felt the social and cultural backlash about its decision to remove wrestling from the Games it helped start. As wrestling types hoped, the IOC is including it among the three finalists for... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2013 at As we were saying
One of the first major events after 9/11 was the Salt Lake Olympics, where security was unprecedented, including no-fly zones. Sochi 2014 is only 10 months away and the Boston Marathon bombings have added yet another layer of threat to those Games. Here's a piece which discusses Russia's situation, in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2013 at As we were saying
LONDON When Sochi 2014 rolls around---and it’s less than 11 months away, folks---it will the first time in 42 years the Olympics will feature a new figure skating event. And it will be a much bigger deal than anyone outside the very inner circle of this rapidly evolving sport recognizes... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2013 at As we were saying
LONDON This week, London is the Lions’ Den and Meryl Davis and Charlie White are not the lions. It’s rare—especially in the post-war era---for a figure skater to have a home-court advantage at the world championships, but that’s exactly what Davis and White’s career-long rivals have at the Budweiser Gardens... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2013 at As we were saying
As part of a CFL notebook in Wednesday's Spectator, we note that Noel Prefontaine's release from the Argos got short shrift in the avalanche of attention afforded Kent Austin's re-arrival in Canada. Hopefully Pre gets another fulltime gig n the league, although that's not a gimmee despite his Canadian passport.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2012 at As we were saying
Almost completely out of words except for the favourite one of old-time journalists: Thirty. That (30) was what was typed at the end of a reporter’s copy when it was handed in to the typesetter and meant: Done.. (Lots of concepts in that little explanation which will perplex anyone under... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2012 at As we were saying
Writing this at 10 a.m. London time. London, England, that is. Sitting beside ancient brick buildings, just off The Mall and the finish line of the men's marathon, which isn't quite the Olympic tradition that it once was. For one thing, it's not the last event. Men's hoops final, showcase... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2012 at As we were saying
Everyone, from the highest Games official to the lowest ink-stained wretch, is spectacularly bushed by the final weekend of any Olympics, and fatigue is always a great catalyst of excess emotion. But you could have been a poisonous cynic, in the best shape of your life, with a clear mind... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2012 at As we were saying
It was a late night for the new heroines of Canadian sport. After winning the bronze medal in an improbable---a woefully insufficient adjective---1-0 victory over the French (who actually could have been in the gold medal game and came home with only tears and an uncertain coaching future), the Canadians... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2012 at As we were saying
On one of our many train trips through the English countryside this week, sat beside a British teacher from Manchester who told a story about taking here class of 34 7-to-9 year-olds to the velodrome which had been built for the British Empire Games there. They gave some cycling classes... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2012 at As we were saying
Here’s hoping the double-medal Wednesday from Burloak Canoe Club stars Adam van Koeverden and Mark Oldershaw has the spin-off effect it should. Oldershaw would love to see more parents, stimulated by his and van Koeverden’s bronze and silver, send their kids to Burloak, or any other canoe club, for summer... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2012 at As we were saying
In the grey-skied aftermath of last night’s epic soccer match at Old Trafford—already being regarded by some folks, including several Brits we’ve talked to, as the best women’s game ever played—there are some sobering concerns. One, of course, is the calibre of refereeing. In many ways this game was a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2012 at As we were saying
One of the perks, well maybe the only perk, of covering an Olympic Games as a print journalist is that for the past decade, since Salt Lake if I remember correctly, there has been a centre in the Main Press Centre where you can get a free massage. Free is... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2012 at As we were saying
So busy covering other inspiring stories yesterday, never got around to mentioning this little one from Eton Dorney where the Brits are having a field day--or is that a lake day?--this week. Katherine Grainger of the host nation won the double sculls with her partner Anna Watkins after three straight... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2012 at As we were saying
Got reminded of one of my pet peeves this morning when I read in the Telegraph about the British Government cutting millions of pounds from the budget for sport in state schools....just as the Olympics are interesting a nation in sport. While budget-allocation stories are always misleading in one way... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2012 at As we were saying
About 100 international journalists were honoured today with pins celebrating covering 10 or more Olympic Games and I'm proud to know, and have worked closely with, the Canadian ones : Hamilton native Brian Williams (CTV), Hamilton native Stephen Brunt (Rogers Sportsnet); Richard Garneau (RDS), Christie Blatchford (The National Post), Cam... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2012 at As we were saying
One of the more compelling stories here is that of Heather Stanning, who won a rowing gold medal in women's pairs with Helen Glover yesterday. It was Great Britain's first gold medal of the Games, narrowly ---Greenwich Mean Time---nipping Bradley Wiggins' celebrated time trial victory. The scene at the rowing... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2012 at As we were saying
There are mistakes and then there are mistakes that matter. I committed one of the latter in a piece in Wednesday's Hamilton Spectator and as I sit here at Olympic swimming---like rowing a pretty geneder-balanced sport---I'm horrified and embarrassed about it. The issue wasn't the point made in the piece:... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2012 at As we were saying
Ancaster's Scott Dickens has been saying all week at the pool here that he realizes "how much I love my job" and sometimes I know exactly how he feels. Just witnessed Britain's first gold medal of these games and what dripping symbolism: in rowing, an ancient British tradition; at a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2012 at As we were saying
It's rowing, a "public" school sport in England, so naturally the royalty are interested in it. Wills and Kate are supposed to be here at Eton College Rowing Centre, and Prince Harry already is. So, naturally, when I and a bunch of others were briefly prevented by security from our... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2012 at As we were saying
We all speak the same language, allegedly, we Canucks, Brits and Yanks, although I've always wondered how someone from Glascow could possibly communicate with someone from Mobile, Alabama without a Canadian to translate for both. But, accents aside, there are also nifty little differences in the way we express things....such... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2012 at As we were saying
Here's another part of the British-Brazil women's soccer story. The night before the game the bus carrying the Brazilians broke down 40 minutes into the trip down from Cardiff and was not replaced for five hours, stranding the team on the side of the road. The Brazilian coach called it... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2012 at As we were saying
Well, I think I'm finally going to have to start calling it football. Sorry, Ticats. Now that Canada's Olympic women's, has avoided the U.S. in the quarter-finals, which was one of the minor objectives here , they come up against the Brits. No one, least of all the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2012 at As we were saying
Got a chance to cover rowing today, and I'll make sure I get back Wednesday not only because the men's 8s (not to mention the powerful women's 8's) are becoming a good story but because even though it's a loooong trip it's very pastoral out by the town of Dorney.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2012 at As we were saying