Don Landry

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Don Landry is a blogger for Yahoo Canada Sports.

  • Monday Musings: So long, Rio. It's been weird and wonderful

    August 5th. That's when I must have been stung by a hornet. Because I had a feverish dream.

    In that dream there was an international sports competition that was filled with amazing athletic accomplishments. But lots of odd stuff happened in there as well, making it all seem like a passage of weird, wonderful and head-scratching prose from Canada's favourite rock poet.

    The Rio Olympics had #PhelpsFace, diving pool water that turned green, and an IOC delegate who was arrested, in a bathrobe, for ticket scalping. It had a phony robbery story from U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte, a fencer who had his cell phone fall from his pocket during a competition, and the story of a kayaker who may or may not have had his craft capsized by a sunken sofa. For a finale, it had not one but two coaches stripping down - in plain view of spectators - to protest their wrestler's loss.

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    In the midst of all of that, you had stories of great Canadian triumph. The stuff from which legends can be made.

    Oddities and

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  • Rio 2016: What to watch, Day 16 (August 21st)

    Overture, curtain, lights. This is it, the night of nights. The Olympics of Rio are coming to a close. Prediction: International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach will not call these "the best games ever," which almost always happens at a closing ceremony. Instead, I'll bet he calls them "exceptional" or "wonderful" or perhaps just "completed."

    From the CBC media release on what we can expect at the closing ceremony: "Performances include International pop star Kygo performing with guest singer Julia Michaels, an homage to the Samba featuring Roberta Sá and tributes to Carmen Miranda and Roberto Burle Marx. A special segment of the Closing Ceremony will be dedicated to Tokyo 2020 with a mixture of Japanese cultural traditions and technological innovations."

    Excuuuuuse me? That's all well and good but I distinctly remember requesting either Duran Duran singing "Rio" or Barry Manilow singing "Copacabana" in my column following the opening ceremony.

    Oh, I'll watch your closing

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  • Rio 2016: What to watch, Day 15 (August 20th)

    Man. Those Sportchek Olympics commercials they keep showing on CBC are terrifying me. The one where the narrator (spoken word poet Shane Koyczan) keeps asking questions about what we're willing to give, what we're willing to sacrifice, how far we can push, how much pain we can take... and on and on he goes. And he doesn't even leave us any room between questions to give any answers. Ease up, Shane! You've done it! You've beaten me down. Mercy! Stop! (Seriously, though, don't stop. Those are fantastic).

    Here's what's up on Saturday, although all of it is really just a run up to the main Olympic event which is, of course, live coverage of the Tragically Hip's farewell concert in Kingston, Ontario. But we already know the outcome of that one; Gord Downie gets the gold. 8:30 pm ET, CBC. That may be the one flaw in The Hip's exhaustive, depth of the collective Canadian soul catalogue; They never did a song about the 4x100 metre relay team winning gold in Atlanta. I'd like to have heard

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  • Rio 2016: What to watch, Day 14 (August 19th)

    If I had my bet, it'd be that Usain Bolt's favourite Tragically Hip song would be "Ahead By A Century." Incredible, again, on Day 13. He's back in the spotlight on Day 14, along with Canada's Brooke Henderson and a horse named "Fine Lady 5." Seriously. Keep reading...

    Day 14 (August 19th):

    You kidding me, Brooke Henderson? You kidding me? Wowsers. Canada's 18-year-old golfing superstar absolutely slayed the course in the second round of the women's golf competition, carding a 7-under par to bring her total to 8-under, just two shots back of the leader, South Korea's Inbee Park. Another Canadian, Alena Sharp sits nine strokes off the lead. Sharp tees off at 8:14 am ET, while Henderson hits the links at 9:58 am ET, on TSN2.

    If your appetite for sprinting has not been satiated, I've got good news for you. Both the men's and women's 4x100 metre relay finals are on tap Friday night and Canada has medal hopes in both races. The women blast from the blocks at 9:15 pm ET while the men go at 

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  • Rio 2016: What to watch, Day 13 (August 18th)

    With apologies to all the other athletes working hard in all the other events, Day 13 at the Rio Olympics is really about one thing for Canadians: The blossoming sprint bromance of Andrain De Bolt. (Usandre De Bolsse? Nah, let's go with the first one.)

    Day 13 (August 18th):

    Andre De Grasse (bronze medal winner in the 100 metres) is out to prove that his new best buddy, gold medallist Usain Bolt, is not so invincible. The 21-year-old Toronto native takes aim at the incomparable Jamaican champion in the final of the 200 metre sprint on Thursday night. 9:30 pm ET, on CBC. It's a tough task, kinda like trying to prove it ain't that hard to beat the sun in a staring contest. However, De Grasse at least showed Bolt, in Wednesday night's semi-final, that if the King of the Sprint wants to three-peat as Olympic 200 metres champ, he's not going to be allowed to let up over the final ten or fifteen metres. And that's what's been happening. Bolt has been making the tail ends of sprints look like

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  • Rio 2016: What to watch, Day 12 (August 17th)

    No. No I did not get choked up by the beautiful sportsmanship and compassion shown by Abbey D' Agostino and Nikki Hamblin after they both crumpled to the track during the women's 5000 metre race on Day 11. There was some dust floating around in the room when I watched it and it... got in my... eyes... and, yeah. Dust. What? Why are you looking at me like that? No, YOU shut up.

    Day 12 (August 17th):

    Week One at the Olympics, as far as Canada is concerned, belonged to 16-year-old Toronto swimmer Penny Oleksiak. It's possible that Week Two could have a lot of chatter about 18-year-old Smiths Falls, Ontario, native Brooke Henderson. She's already won a golf major this year (The Women's PGA Championship, back in June) and is being touted by more than just a few golf experts as the gold medal favourite. First

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  • Japanese sprinter raises eyebrows with tiny patches on her stomach

    First it was "the cups."

    Now, it's "the spots." Or "the dots." Or "the patches."

    When American swimmer Michael Phelps took off his coat before a swim at the Rio Olympics to reveal big, tennis ball sized blotches on his body, those on planet earth who hadn't been familiarized with the cups treatment kinda freaked out. I mean, what in the hell was going on there? Looked like Phelps (and some other athletes at these games) were being used by Andy Murray as targets for his practice session serves. After the world's greatest swimmer showed up with all those polka dots, though, he uninitiated quickly became aware.

    Now, we're learning more about something called EK-6000 tape, which has appeared on the midriff of Japanese sprinter Chisato Fukushima. Spectators wondered what it was when she competed at the Japanese National Championships back in June. There she was, dotted with what looked like, to many, to be nicotine patches. She's competed at the Rio Olympics with the same dots on her

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  • Rio 2016: what to watch, Day 11 (August 16th)

    Members of the Canadian women's soccer team celebrate a goal during their quarter-final win over France at the Rio Olympics. (AP)Members of the Canadian women's soccer team celebrate a goal during their quarter-final win over France at the Rio Olympics. (AP)
    Day 11 (August 16th):

    One of the big events of the day where Canada is concerned - other than getting a really good regular coffee and breakfast sandwich to start the day - is women's soccer. Canada looks to earn a berth in the finals when they take on Germany, a team they beat in round-robin play last week, by a score of 2-1. That was the first time in 13 attempts, over 22 years, that the Canadians had actually beaten them. Now, if they can do it for a second time in a week, a silver medal would be assured. Captain Canada, Christine Sinclair, did not play against Germany last week nor did a few other regulars for the team. That can be said for the Germans as well, so each side will be fortified for this game which begins at 3 pm ET, on CBC, right after the other semi-final between Sweden and Brazil. That will go at noon ET, also on CBC.

    Another biggie and possible gold for Canada: Corunna, Ontario's Derek Drouin is flying high at these Olympics and that was to be expected. The 2015

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  • Monday Musings: Goodbye, #PhelpsFace. One more for the road?

    RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 14: Usain Bolt of Jamaica competes in the Men's 100 meter semifinal on Day 9 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 14, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 14: Usain Bolt of Jamaica competes in the Men's 100 meter semifinal on Day 9 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 14, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

    Heck of a first week, Rio Olympics.

    Punctuated by Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt's usual dominance, it was a week filled with great triumph but also disappointment so great it could suck the marrow from your soul. And enough absurd craziness to think this was a show based on a Seth Rogen script.

    Before the final of the 100-metre sprint, CBC put up a neat graphic to show where some of the great sprinters of all-time would finish in a duel with Bolt. They had a little track and dotted it with where each of them would be when Bolt crossed the finish line. Donovan Bailey would be about two metres behind him. Carl Lewis about four. I think they had the first sprint winner of the modern era, Thomas Burke, about 20 or 30 metres behind. They failed to put a little dot where you would be, about 60 metres or so behind. And failed to put a little dot where I would be, crumpled up on the track about three metres from the start, after tripping coming out of the blocks.

    So long, #PhelpsFace. I'll

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  • Rio 2016: What to watch, Day 10 (August 15th)

    Shawn Barber competes during qualifying in the men's pole vault during the track and field competition at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan RemiorzShawn Barber competes during qualifying in the men's pole vault during the track and field competition at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
    Thank goodness. Finally, a man wins something for Canada at the 2016 Olympic Games. Appreciate it, Andre De Grasse. Let's keep this rolling, shall we? Looking at you, Shawn Barber. More on that in the Day 10 preview.

    Day 10 (August 15th):

    The day begins with all sorts of track and field events as well as some paddle dippin'. Beginning at 8:30 am ET on CBC, you've got yer hammer throw, yer hurdles, yer triple jump. And some steeplechase, too. Over the weekend during a women's steeplechase heat, Ethiopia's Etenesh Diro had to finish wearing just one shoe when she ripped the other on off during the race. That's because it got damaged when she got tangled up with some other competitors. She finished seventh but officials granted her a spot in today's final anyway. Some of the other competitors weren't too jazzed about Diro sitting down in the middle of the track to deal with her problem while the race was still on and they made their dismay known. Who knew there was so much drama in

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