Sean Menard, a kid from Toronto and a Blue Jays fan, produces an emotional documentary about the 1994 Montreal ExposStephanie Myles at Eh Game11 hrs ago
MONTREAL – As a Toronto kid and a committed Blue Jays fan, all Sean Menard really knew about the 1994 Montreal Expos was his father's conspiracy theory.
"All I remember is my father saying, 'the damn Americans are out to get us. They don’t want a Canadian team to win the World Series three years in a row,' " Menard says. "And he's American!"
But the young filmmaker was looking for a concept, and what stood out to him was the fact that there had never been a World Series cancelled in the game's history and when it happened, it happened to the Expos. And that a decade later, the city lost the team.
The finished product, a half-hour documentary called "The Perfect Storm - Story of the 1994 Montreal Expos", has begun airing on TSN's auxiliary networks and makes its debut on the TSN1 Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. (Well, it was supposed to; for whatever reason, there was poker on).
- Chris Zelkovich at Eh Game12 hrs ago
Numerous studies, reports and commissions keep telling us the same thing: Canada is on the verge of becoming a nation of geezers. Sometime in the next 20 years, the reports say, grey will become the dominant hair colour in this nation.
But take a look at the sports television ratings and you have to wonder if the Day of Grey isn't already upon us.
For the most part, the ratings are dominated by sports that tend to attract audiences that are more knowledgeable about hip replacements than they are about hip hop.
That's not to say viewers under 40 don't exist. The top three spots last weekend -- and the top spots basically from October to June -- belong to the NHL and that league has a pretty solid following among the young. (Which explains the prominence of beer commercials.)
But after that, there are a lot of geezer-type sports. (Note: As a card-carrying member of geezer nation, I am immune to charges of ageism and freely admit to preferring geezer sports.)
- Stephanie Myles at Eh Game15 hrs ago
It's been a year, and Milos Raonic still believes in the Sleeve.
Originally added after Raonic had a reaction to some creme he applied on his right arm – the reaction between those products and the sun, as any tennis player will tell you, is harsh and immediate – the 24-year-old Canadian quickly got comfortable with it.
And then, it became part of the arsenal, long after the original skin irritation cleared up.
Raonic has said he believes it helps keeps his arm warm – and since his big serve is his big money-maker, if he believes it, that's a good enough reason to keep wearing it. Even though the tan lines must be both hilarious and horrendous.
At Indian Wells a few weeks ago, a reporter asked Raonic about the upcoming anniversary. Props to Ben Rothenberg, who writes for the New York Times, for broaching the subject.
- Chris Zelkovich at Eh Game17 hrs ago
The first reaction upon reading Derek Jeter's voice-for-the-athletes The
Look at David Ortiz, for example. Not only can this guy hit home runs into the stratosphere, but he can write. And we're not talking about a "Why I want to be a baseball player" Grade 6 composition here. We're talking real writing, the kind you might see in the finest sports publications.
Add in the fact that Ortiz has written so eloquently in his second language and you have to be wondering whether he might be this generation's Voltaire. After all, the Boston Red Sox slugger didn't just write a piece about his battles to avoid being labelled a steroid user. He's also listed as the site's ``editor at large."
A slugger, writer and editor all in one large package. You wouldn't be surprised if the Nobel Prize panel isn't convening at this moment to discuss adding another category: Sports Superstar/Literary Genius.
But wait a minute.
After less than three months, it's over for Canadian doubles legend Daniel Nestor and partner Rohan BopannaStephanie Myles at Eh Game1 day ago
As Daniel Nestor said during the Davis Cup in Vancouver last month, he's at a stage in his career at age 42 where he's just trying to keep up with the younger guys.
When it was good with new partner Rohan Bopanna, it was pretty good. But obviously it wasn't good enough, for long enough. After less than three months together, the pair will play with other partners when the clay-court season begins in a couple of weeks.
Nestor and Bopanna, who teamed up a couple of times – unsuccessfully – in 2014 before committing to 2015 as a pair after Nestor ended it with Nenad Zimonjic of Serbia, won a title in Sydney to start the season and another in Dubai last month.
Milos Raonic squeaks out a third-set tiebreaker against France's Jérémy Chardy, advances to fourth round in MiamiStephanie Myles at Eh Game1 day ago
Milos Raonic was on a roll against France's Jérémy Chardy Monday in Miami with a 6-1 first set in the bag, and an early break of serve in the second set.
But as he served for the match at 5-4 in the second, just about an hour into his third-round match at the Miami Open, things, er, happened.
Inexplicably, Raonic found himself in a dogfight, much of it his own doing. But in the end, he took the third-set tiebreak to prevail 6-1, 5-7, 7-6 (3) to advance to a fourth-round meeting with a fellow big server, American John Isner.
It was stressful enough that several locks of well-oiled hair flopped over Raonic's forehead as the match progressed. If the hair reflects the player, Raonic was a little disheveled on the inside as well.
There were 18 break points in this match – unusual in many men's matches, but certainly a rarity in a Raonic match. Raonic had 10 of them, converting three times; Chardy had eight, converting twice.
But for a good portion of the second half of the match, it was just error after error at key moments, and failure to capitalize on opportunities.
- Stephanie Myles at Eh Game1 day ago
Canadian Genie Bouchard hadn't entered the Family Circle Cup next week in Charleston, S.C,
But after her early exit in Miami this week, her second consecutive tournament losing to a qualifier, the world No. 7 asked for, and received, a wild card into the tournament.
Family Circle Cup tournament director Eleanor Adams confirmed the awarding of the wild card to Eh Game.
Last year, Bouchard reached the semi-finals in Charleston, which is played on Har-Tru (a peculiarly North American artificial surface similar to, but not quite like, red clay).
It was a terrific tournament for the Canadian; she defeated Venus Williams and then-No. 9 Jelena Jankovic, both in three sets, and appeared to be on her way to defeating Andrea Petkovic before running out of fuel and finally succumbing, 7-5 in the third set. It ended up being a terrific opportunity lost to claim her first career WTA Tour title, as Petkovic went on to beat unseeded and unheralded Jana Cepelova in the final.
Bouchard claimed her first title a little more than a month later, on red clay in Nürnberg, Germany.
- Andrew Bucholtz at Eh Game1 day ago
Concussions have become a huge issue throughout sports in the last few years, and they're getting even more attention in hockey recently thanks to growing litigation against the NHL, statistics about concussions in NCAA hockey, and the recent death of Steve Montador. Now, researchers from Virginia Tech's biomedical engineering department (which has been rating football helmets for safety since 2011) have released their results from testing a variety of hockey helmets, and the results aren't good. Of the 32 helmets tested, none acheived a five-star or four-star rating. Only one, the Warrior Krown 360, achieved a three-star "good" rating. Six received a two-star "adequate" rating, 16 received a one-star "marginal" rating, and the remaining nine received a zero-star "not recommended" rating. These ratings aren't the be-all and end-all of helmet evaluation or concussion prevention, but they've proven to be a valuable data point in football. Having their hockey ratings so low across the board suggests there may be fundamental problems with how hockey helmets are designed.
Glenn Howard shakes up his team; Jon Mead and Craig Savill are out, son Scott and Wayne Middaugh are inDon Landry at Eh Game1 day ago
Father and son will try, together, to get to the top of the curling world.
Scott Howard is joining Team Glenn Howard next season as part of a team shake up announced by the skip, today. He'll be the team's new lead, replacing Craig Savill.
"Obviously, it's been a bit of a dream for myself and my son to play together and I've realized that that's my biggest priority," said Howard. "To finish my career with my son."
It's not the only move, either. Wayne Middaugh, who semi-retired from the game this season will be back as Howard's vice in 2015-16, while current vice Rich Hart steps into the second position.
- Israel Fehr at Eh Game2 days ago
March Madness is upon us and there are taking part in this year's tournament. There are four left to battle in the Elite Eight.
Here's when and where you can watch the Canadian players in action on Sunday, March 29.
SUNDAY, MARCH 29
SOUTH: No. 1 Duke vs. No. 2 Gonzaga – 5:05 p.m. ET in Houston, TX
This is the game Gonzaga wanted: a showdown with No. 1 Duke with a spot in the Final Four on the line. Kevin Pangos (Holland Landing, ON) had 10 points and Kyle Wiltjer (Portland, OR) added eight points and 10 rebounds to help power the Bulldogs past UCLA 74-62 on Friday. Dustin Triano (Vancouver, BC) is also a member of the Zags.