I hate overtime. Across the board, all sports. I don’t want to watch John Isner and Nicholas Mahut play tennis for 11 hours and 5 minutes. I don’t want to watch 18 innings of World Series baseball. I don’t like football overtimes, basketball overtimes are too much a matter of momentum and soccer needs to … Continue reading It’s time for 3-on-3. Let it be.
A tale of three coaches… Two are among the finest gentlemen I have met in the world of sports. One is rough-edged at best, a bully at worst. When the Canadiens meet the Philadelphia Flyers in the next round of the playoffs, the spotlight will be on them as much as on their teams: Montreal … Continue reading A tale of three coaches
This one will stick in the memory a long, long while. The sunny August afternoon when the Canadiens ousted the Pittsburgh Penguins from the Summer Playoffs will be remembered long after other series have been forgotten. It was a rare moment, glorious especially with Dan Robertson and Sergio Momesso making the call, because there is … Continue reading And the winnah, wearing the bleu-blanc-rouge…
If there was one thing that was predictable going into this madcap NHL summer season, it was that it would be hard to predict. Take 24 teams, instead of the usual 16. Stir in a 4-½ month layoff. Add some teams with returning players who were out when the league shut down in March, subtract … Continue reading On the predictably unpredictable
By my calculations, the Canadiens were supposed to be on the golf course this morning. They aren’t. And it’s never felt so right to be wrong. Before this series against the Penguins began, I predicted the Canadiens would go three-and-golf. It made sense. Over the last 20 games of the irregular season, Claude Julien’s team … Continue reading Who likes golf anyway?
Your country is governed by a corrupt political class that is in office to steal everything that isn’t tied down and resists all efforts at reform. The currency is in collapse. COVID-19 is a constant threat. You are trapped between your own religious extremists and a brutal and bellicose neighbour that is a global military … Continue reading On Lebanon and the Canadian democracy
The ink was not yet dry on the Canadiens’ 3-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins Monday night when this turned up in my Twitter notifications: #FireJulien That was it. No rationale, no detailed discussion, just fire a veteran coach with the Habs and Pens tied at one game apiece and the series basically a standoff: … Continue reading A plague of hashtags
In case you missed it, the Columbus Blue Jackets shut out the Toronto Maple Leafs, 2-0 on Sunday night. The result wasn’t a surprise anywhere except among the fawning Toronto media. John Tortorella’s teams have a habit of giving fits to high-powered offensive teams come the postseason – see the Pittsburgh Penguins (the team the … Continue reading Why I hate the Toronto Maple Leafs
On a sultry August evening when the crickets were out, the motorbikes were on the prowl and the sky was that pollution-scrubbed Turner painting we are getting to know and love, hockey came back to Canada. Did we want it? Did we miss it? Did we need it? Apparently the answer is yes. What was … Continue reading On a surreal evening, an improbable victory
Carey Price is cool. So cool, he can swig a hot cuppa Tim’s and spit icicles in August. He’s cool as the other side of the pillow. Cool as a nudist picnic in Winnipeg in February. He’s gonna have to be. On paper, the Canadiens have about the same chance against the Pittsburgh Penguins as … Continue reading Sorry but – Habs Will Go Three-and-Out