Don Landry

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Don Landry is a blogger for Yahoo Canada Sports.

  • Rio 2016: What to watch, August 5th, 6th

    (Getty Images)(Getty Images)
    Wait. What? The opening ceremony is tonight, August 5th but competitions actually began on Wednesday, August 3rd? Well, okay, then. Seems a little like having Tony Bennett sing a couple of songs and then interrupting him with an opening act before he "officially" begins his concert but, whatever. We've already had a bunch of soccering going on, including the Canadian women's team beating Australia in their first game so there's already been some true north strong and free flexing. Crack open some cold ones at Canada House! (Seriously, stay away from the water, athletes. Drink only Canadian beer for the next two weeks and I'll do the same, just to be on the safe side) By the way, Google actually refers to this as Day 0 and that means Canada's soccer win came on Day -2.

    Nevertheless this is the official jumping off for the Games of the XXXI Olympiad. (I'll bet if you typed that into the Google search engine but forgot the "I" on the end of it, you'd get some pretty interesting results.)

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  • Monday Musings: More stupid questions for Bill Belichick

    New England Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick working his way up to full angry emoji status. (NFL.com photo)New England Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick working his way up to full angry emoji status. (NFL.com photo)
    I'll get to Bill Belichick in a sec but first...

    Are you kidding me?

    ARE YOU KIDDING ME?

    Some guy in California jumped out of a plane at 25,000 feet without a parachute and survived. He did it on purpose, too. Jumped from a plane without a parachute - which, no, he did not forget - and aimed for a net that measured approximately one hundred feet by one hundred feet. And he hit it. 25,000 feet, no parachute, tiny net (video below). His name is Luke Aikins and he seems reasonably sane. Except for the small matter of jumping from a plane, 25,000 feet above Simi Valley and aiming for, you know, a pretty damn small net in the grand scheme of things. "I'm almost levitating," Aikins said moments after the jump. Almost levitating, he said. Because if he could levitate, that would make this feat a lot less thrilling. As it is, this should give overhyped sports announcers pause to reconsider the phrase "can you believe that?" when a guy scores a scissor kick soccer goal or lays out for a

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  • Members of the Canadian Women's Soccer Team belt out a song during a ride to a training session. (Canada Soccer YouTube)Members of the Canadian Women's Soccer Team belt out a song during a ride to a training session. (Canada Soccer YouTube)

    The Canadian Women's Soccer team is revving up for Rio.

    And they're doing it with what has been a big motivational tool for them in the past; The power of music.

    As the team gets set to avenge any lingering bitter feelings from the 2012 Olympics, where a controversial semifinal loss to the United States kept them from the gold medal game and relegated them to bronze level on the podium, they are channeling their inner James Corden for some fun, motivational shenanigans.

    Corden, in case you didn't know, is the host of the Late, Late Show on American network CBS. Over the last year or so, he has built the idea of giving famous people a ride in his car and then forcing them to sing along to the hits of the day into a YouTube views machine, racking up millions and millions of plays as he sings along with the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey, Chris Martin and even U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama (that one alone has gotten over 35 million views in a week and a half).

    Here are members of

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  • Monday Musings: There once was a petulant southpaw...

    Chicago pitcher Chris Sale. (Associated Press)Chicago pitcher Chris Sale. (Associated Press)
    Chris Sale. Good fashion sense. Bad problem-solving skills.

    Did he really find those throwback Chicago White Sox jerseys so reprehensible that he had no choice but to rid the clubhouse of their disco era presence? Maybe. But when the Chicago White Sox ace gave those jerseys a radical redesign with a knife, on Saturday, it was more like a dismayed lover tossing a new ex's belongings out onto the lawn in a climax of relationship decay. It's not about the stuff, actually. Sure, those 1976 inspired White Sox uni's were god-awful and bringing them back into the light is kind of like asking Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez to do a remake of Gigli. Sale's rocky relationship with the White Sox pre-dates all of this, though and his Norman Bates attack on the jerseys will go down as a symptom of the problems - not the cause - as Sale makes his way out of Chicago in the near future.

    A limerick, just for Chris Sale:

    There once was a pitcher named Sale. Against throwbacks with collars he'd rail. He

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  • Monday Musings: I guess that was pretty good, Phil

    Henrik Stenson and Phil Mickelson discuss getting Almost Shot 62 jackets as they walk off the 18th at Royal Troon. (Getty)Henrik Stenson and Phil Mickelson discuss getting Almost Shot 62 jackets as they walk off the 18th at Royal Troon. (Getty)

    Phil Mickelson builds a shed in his backyard. He buys the best possible materials that he can, and meticulously uses top-notch equipment in a skilful display to fashion all of the the pieces together. He measures twice and cuts once. His keen eye and steady hands mean it's a perfectly square foundation, with strong, steady walls and a soaring peaked roof that is exactly, I mean exactly, 90 degrees at its apex. Not only is Phil a master carpenter, but he is also a skilled electrician. He wires that shed up and its lights blaze with the power of the constellations. Then, as the neighbours look on in increasing amazement, Phil paints that shed a glorious hue, one that defies description here, so that it gleams in the sun. He finishes by painting an immaculate, Louvre-worthy fresco on the side of his shed and then affixes a marvellous, golden rooster weather vane - one that he hand forged himself - to the top of that shed. Man, that shed looks fantastic. It's a gorgeous shed and all the

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  • Monday Musings: Fist pump, fist pump, fist pump!

    In the end, I don't think winning Wimbledon was the best news Andy Murray got on Sunday. Murray likes to fist pump and he sure lets a lot of them fly. He did that again during his straight sets win over Milos Raonic, to be sure.

    But his most emotional, jacked up fist pump might just have come in the aftermath, as he lugged his trophy all around the clubhouse at the All-England Lawn Tennis Club. Meeting actor Benedict Cumberbatch, who had been a guest in the royal box during the final, Murray asked him what he was up to. When BeneBatch replied that he was shooting upcoming episodes of "Sherlock," Murray greeted the news with the heartiest of pumps. Guy's carrying the championship trophy from his sport's greatest tournament, moments after he wins it and he gets stoked that there are new episodes of "Sherlock" coming? Can't blame him, really. That is a damn good show.

    Then again, maybe Murray fist pumps over everything. Make a good shot? Fist pump. Win Wimbledon? Fist pump. Score a great

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  • Monday Musings: I had a dream, I had an awesome dream

    Steven Stamkos: Opting for comfort food. (Getty)Steven Stamkos: Opting for comfort food. (Getty)
    I had a very strange dream over the weekend.

    In it, P.K. Subban, Taylor Hall and Steven Stamkos are dining together at an upscale restaurant. Everything seems perfectly normal except that Subban is wearing a cowboy hat and strumming a banjo. Hall is smoking a cigar and working on his pronunciation of the phrase "fuhget aboud it." Nearby, general managers Ray Shero and David Poile are laughing, sporting "Shark Week" T-shirts. Stamkos is studying the menu intensely for what seems an eternity, unable to make a decision on an entrée. "Hmmm," he begins, "so much to choose from. I feel adventurous."

    Three waiters who look suspiciously like Brendan Shanahan, Tim Murray and Ken Holland are all talking at once, trying to convince Stamkos to try their suggestions. Stamkos is politely listening but then shakes his head and utters: "Just give me the usual." A tuxedo-wearing Steve Yzerman steps forward, with a towel draped over his arm and replies "very good, sir."

    At the next table, New England

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  • Scene: Some staggeringly picturesque countryside located in the British Columbia interior. We zero in on a gorgeous mansion where, at the foot of a walkway near the grand entrance, a 26-year-old man stands, waiting anxiously. A limousine pulls up. It will not be the last. Out of that car steps a middle aged man wearing a perfectly tailored suit, a red tie and pocket square popping brightly. As he steps toward the younger man, he ostentatiously fiddles with three championship rings on his fingers. He is Ken Holland, general manager of the Detroit Red Wings. "Hello, Mr. Holland, welcome to the mansion," says the young man. That young man is Steve Stamkos, of course. "I'm so nervous," says Holland as he shakes Stamkos' hand and then throws a shady look at the next limousine which arrives quickly after his own. As Holland walks towards the front door, Buffalo Sabres' GM Tim Murray gets out of his limo, smiling broadly as the briefcase he's carrying springs open, its contents of large,

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  • Yay! Ron MacLean's back! That's puntastic!Yay! Ron MacLean's back! That's puntastic!

    It's arguable as to which game was more epic on Sunday night: The one of thrones or the one of NBA Finals. Seems fans of both basketball and warrior carnage got their fill. You know, that late-game LeBron James block on Golden State's Andre Iguodala was so forceful, so vicious, and so completely dominating, it could have been spliced right into a Game of Thrones death and destruction scene without anyone noticing. The Warriors' Full Court Tickle strategy failed to pay off in game seven of the NBA Finals. (Slam Magazine Twitter photo)The Warriors' Full Court Tickle strategy failed to pay off in game seven of the NBA Finals. (Slam Magazine Twitter photo)Or perhaps even Thronies (that's what they're called, right?) would have watched it and labelled it quite unbelievable, even for a George R.R. Martin tale. At any rate, maybe the Golden State Warriors will be brought back to life in a later episode of the NBA.

    So, it's Vegas is it? The NHL hands out its player awards in Las Vegas this Wednesday, in a splashy show at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. The board of governors will meet as well to give the go ahead to an expansion team in the Nevada city. At least that's what they'd like you to believe. I don't - for a second -

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  • Joe Thornton's beard: Structural miracle or rarity in need of protection? (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)Joe Thornton's beard: Structural miracle or rarity in need of protection? (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

    The San Jose Sharks' loss is the city of Ottawa's gain. Sure, the Sharks might have fallen short in their quest to win The Stanley Cup. With the post-season now behind them, though, it means Joe Thornton can shave that mighty beard of his and its remnants have already found a new home as the city of Ottawa will use it to fill that sinkhole that opened up not far from Parliament Hill, last week (some would say too far from Parliament Hill).

    "We'll have some left over when we're done," said Ottawa mayor Jim Watson, adding that the excess has already been designated for use as insulation as renovations at 24 Sussex Drive progress. There may be a bit of a snag, however. UNESCO will vote, today, on whether to declare Thornton's beard a World Heritage Site.

    John McEnroe is coaching Milos Raonic as the upcoming Wimbledon championships approach. British Tennis sent out this picture (below) of them together last week. I don't know exactly what McEnroe is saying to the young Canadian in this

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