Don Landry

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Don Landry is a blogger for Yahoo Canada Sports.

  • Steve Bartman deflects a foul ball during the 2003 NLCS, in Chicago. (Associated Press)Steve Bartman deflects a foul ball during the 2003 NLCS, in Chicago. (Associated Press)
    There's a chance for some healing here. A chance for closure. But for whom, really?

    There's been a movement afoot to have Steve Bartman throw out a first pitch at a Cubs' home game during the World Series but the man who has not ever sought some kind of cosmic payback - or a real one despite the offers - for the completely unacceptable wrath he endured in the wake of his infamous moment thirteen years ago is about as likely to accept an invitation as Donald Trump is to gracefully accept defeat at the polls.

    For that, I say good on Bartman and I don't see how anyone couldn't understand. He won't do it and neither would I. A Steve Bartman appearance might ramp up the goodwill, but if he throws out a first pitch and the Cubs lose that night? Yikes.

    Still, I can't help but fantasize about what a perfect Bartman pregame ceremony would look like.

    It entails a helicopter landing in centre field with him emerging from it along with Eddie Vedder, Bill Murray, Bob Newhart, John Cusack, Barack

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  • Monday Musings: Who can possibly root against Bill Murray?

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    Looking ahead, it's possible that the more casual Toronto Blue Jays fans could be a little conflicted during the 2016 World Series.

    The rabid ones aren't going to care about what I write here. Nor will the Blue Jay haters; They've also already made up their minds.

    But for those of a certain age and whose support of the scrappy, sometimes loveable, sometimes annoying, centre of the universe, telecom giant subsidiary is a little more flexible, a possible series match-up against the Chicago Cubs could be cause for some mixed emotions.

    What about Bill?

    Bill Murray, that rascally charmer, beloved purveyor of the absurd, is rooting for the Chicago Cubs, his lifelong sporting crush. He's been in the stands at Wrigley, whooping it up over the first two games of the Cubs series against San Francisco, basking in Chicago's first two triumphs like a little boy at his first ever ball game.

    Who doesn't love Bill Murray?

    Sure, the Blue Jays are Canada's team and all, with their blue as prevalent

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  • Monday Musings: Down the Ryder Cup rabbit hole

    Fans cheer during a four-balls match at the Ryder Cup golf tournament Friday, Sept. 30, 2016, at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Fans cheer during a four-balls match at the Ryder Cup golf tournament Friday, Sept. 30, 2016, at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
    The Ryder Cup. That biennial trip down golf's rabbit hole. Weird and wonderful and getting weirder all the time, to the point that one of these years, they'll forego actually holding it on a golf course and just let Tim Burton direct it in front of a green screen.

    The game of golf has its soul splayed out on the table at this thing and never more has there been a pitched fight for that soul than this year, at Hazeltine, in Minnesota. Dour, hushed and quite proper? Or cheery, bellowing and braying?

    The latter won out this time around and it did so with mixed results.

    That there was an actual windmill in plain view behind one of the holes carried more than a little symbolism for me and had me thinking that maybe some of the gallery members had been bussed in from the snack bars of every mini-putt within driving distance.

    Tricked up, trumped up, amped up golf, both on the links and in the galleries. The competition and shotmaking were sensational. The atmosphere was positively crackling,

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  • Come on, Pete. Give it a little oomph. (AP)Come on, Pete. Give it a little oomph. (AP)
    Now, maybe it's not up to me to decide. However, I've rarely let that stop me before.

    We need a change to the way football coaches offer challenges.

    Challenge flags in the game of football have become mundane. Do you recall the early days? The excitement surrounding the occasion of a coach tossing that challenge flag out to right an injustice brought down by uncaring zebras? Oh, those were the days, when he'd pull that flag out of his pocket, like he was unsheathing a sword, wind up and hurl that hanky, overhand, as far as he could out onto the field. "Challenge!!", I always imagined him bellowing, with the audacious righteousness of a fierce knight. "Get thee to a replay booth!"

    Now, coaches just casually grab that handkerchief from their back pocket as they wait for word from their spotters upstairs on whether the challenge ought to be issued. Once they get that, the referee is already standing near them and the coach basically just drops the thing on the ground, almost immediately

    Read More »from Monday Musings: Is this a flagger I see before me? Boosting football's challenge flag excitement
  • The World Curling Federation has adopted new regulations governing equipment. (Anil Mungal/Sportsnet)The World Curling Federation has adopted new regulations governing equipment. (Anil Mungal/Sportsnet)
    Just about a year from the beginning of a tumultuous chapter in curling's history, that tumult ends.

    The World Curling Federation (WCF) has now formally adopted new rules to govern broom heads at all of its competitions, beginning immediately. Broom head materials will be governed strictly, as will the use of brooms at any competition sanctioned by the WCF. And, thankfully, they've backed the new regs with stiff penalties.

    The new rules mean elite teams will all be playing with the same fabric and weave design on their brush heads, no matter what manufacturer is supplying them. This should do away with any kind of advantage being taken by one foursome or another due to the particular materials on their own brooms, after a season of experimentation led to an arms race of a sort - and some hard feelings -  where new fabrics were constantly being introduced in order to scratch the ice on the playing surface and allow players to back up, over-curl and even slow down a stone if they

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  • Monday Musings: The Why Cup of Hockey is here

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    Training camps have begun for the World Cup of Hockey. So many questions.

    Right off the top, there is "why are we playing this?"

    Is it to stem the galaxy-wide divide between the presenting of the Stanley Cup and the opening of NHL training camps? You know, the one that stretches for an interminable twelve weeks? If that's the case, please just get to the point where the Stanley Cup Final is being played while all the other teams that didn't get there begin their training camps. So that hockey season never ends and The Cup is being handed out every nine months. Just keep 'er rollin'.

    There are other "whys," too. The jerseys to be worn by most every team are a bit of a "why?" My personal belief is that organizers wanted uniforms so unflattering that fans would actually demand that corporate branding be added to them to make them more attractive. "Please! Cover it with muffler shop logos!" Genius plan, Gary. Genius plan.

    The trophy to be awarded is its own special version of "why?"

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  • Monday Musings: I'm keeping my hat, thanks

    (Josh Donaldson Twitter photo)(Josh Donaldson Twitter photo)
    I don't get it.

    I mean, I get it... but I just don't get it. The long held tradition of the hat trick - a hockey staple for decades and decades and decades, has made its way into the world of baseball. And that's not the part I don't get either, because it happens in Toronto, where every sporting event can somehow be related to the Leafs or the sport of hockey in one way or another. Hockey traditions are so embedded, they're bound to cross over. So, when Blue Jays' third baseman Josh Donaldson hit not one, not two, but three home runs in Sunday's sweep win over the Minnesota Twins, the hats came flying out of the stands.

    That's the part I don't get and never really have. I mean, whenever I've gone to a game, I've never once worn a hat I didn't like. Didn't want. Didn't care for. A hat that I'd gladly discard. Chances are, whenever I go anywhere - to a ball game, hockey game, wedding or public shaming - I'm wearing a hat because, you know, I like that hat. I don't say "hey, I'm going

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  • 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.


    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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