The night history came knocking – and the NHL failed to answer the door

History came knocking, loud and clear. And the National Hockey League pulled a pillow over its head and refused to answer the door. There is no other possible spin on the colossal gaffe the NHL and its players committed Wednesday evening. With the NBA, WNBA, MLS, some MLB teams and some tennis players boycotting or … Continue reading The night history came knocking – and the NHL failed to answer the door

The story of one Black man, on a street in Florida many years ago…

You won’t find Fred Wilson’s name in the annals of the centuries-long struggle for equal rights in the United States of America.      He wasn’t assassinated as a thorn in the side of the white majority, like Dr. Martin Luther King. He wasn’t killed by a Black assassin in an internecine power struggle, like Malcolm … Continue reading The story of one Black man, on a street in Florida many years ago…

Niskanen: The laughable suspension that is an indictment of the entire NHL…

Let’s be clear: I said before that George Parros should be suspended, but the laughable one-game suspension handed to Matt Niskanen for the vicious crosscheck that broke Brendan Gallagher’s jaw is bigger than that. It’s a league-wide failure. A failure that has been going on for decades. A failure to meet on-ice violence with penalties … Continue reading Niskanen: The laughable suspension that is an indictment of the entire NHL…

This just in from the Department of Gladiator Safety: Klaus the Killer has received one game for decapitation…

Maybe it’s time to suspend George Parros. This is not a joke. The NHL Department of Player Safety has failed so many times, in so many situations, that it is clear Parros is not up to the task. Either Parros himself does not care to make the ice somewhat safer for those who earn their … Continue reading This just in from the Department of Gladiator Safety: Klaus the Killer has received one game for decapitation…

The CFL – is this the death knell or a chance to reinvent the league?

The only thing I remember about the game is Pierre Trudeau’s outfit. A jaunty fedora, a cape, a pale blazer, a flower in his lapel. It was late November, 1970, and I was living with a group of francophone students in Trois-Rivieres. We were gathered around a small black-and-white TV set in the living room, … Continue reading The CFL – is this the death knell or a chance to reinvent the league?