Andy Juniper
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Andy Juniper is an author and humorist who has written three novels and two humor compilations. He is also the founder of The Sport Jesters ("Levity & Lunacy in the World of Sports"). He can be followed on Twitter @theSportJesters, Facebook, or reached at ajjuniper@gmail.com.

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Why the NFL Is Desperately Seeking a Saviour

(2) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 12:25 PM

The National Football League kicks off its 95th season on Thursday night when the Green Bay Packers enter the den of the defending Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks and the din created by Seattle's rabid fans (a.k.a. The 12th Man).

This is a wonderful opening matchup (the schedule makers are...

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Can California Chrome Win Triple Crown And Rescue Racing?

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2014 | 6:42 PM

This goes back to my youth. To the very young version of me, glued to the television in the family room, having been informed by my father that I may well be witnessing history in the making. This goes back to shivers running up the spine and the shedding of...

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Will Pizza-Sized Holes Make Golf Popular Again?

(9) Comments | Posted May 6, 2014 | 5:16 PM

Fittingly enough, I read the news while sitting in a golf cart waiting out a tee-box back-up on a course in Hilton Head, South Carolina, after having just effortlessly four-putted the previous hole. Steam still coming out of my ears, visions of tossing my putter into an alligator-infested pond running...

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Hold Out a Little Hope For the Toronto Blue Jays

(0) Comments | Posted March 28, 2014 | 6:20 PM

You've heard the old saying, hope springs eternal? Well, around our house growing up, hope sprang eternally each and every spring.

Hope, as I recall, sat at the kitchen table wearing a collared shirt, dress slacks, suspenders, and owl-rimmed glasses, nervously listening to baseball broadcasts crackling over the airwaves from...

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The NFL Needs to Stop Getting Greedy and Fat

(1) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 5:42 PM

Earlier this week, the National Football League received verbal delivery of what amounted to a death sentence. This sentence was ominously orated by Dallas Mavericks' maverick owner, the often outrageous, continually contentious, and always outspoken Mark Cuban. And it went like this: "I think the NFL is 10 years away...

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Trade Deadline Day Is Just Full of Excitement! (Or Not)

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 4:28 PM

As days go, Wednesday, March 5 is a biggie. I mean, it doesn't get much bigger than this. Seriously, if a day got any bigger, where would we even put it? Yep, tomorrow is huge. Gargantuan. Altogether epic.

Or not.

For those who live on the remote unsportsmanlike fringes...

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Does Anyone Watch the Super Bowl for the Actual Game Anymore?

(1) Comments | Posted January 30, 2014 | 11:31 AM

As we trundle toward Sunday's Super Bowl game -- Super Bowl XLVIII for those keeping score at home, in Roman numerals no less -- I can tell you three things with certainty. I can no longer handle the hype and hoopla surrounding this event. Bigger is not always better. And...

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Maybe the NFL Needs a Kick in the PATs

(0) Comments | Posted January 3, 2014 | 11:07 AM

The National Football League's annual war of attrition -- also known as the playoffs, or The Road to The Super Bowl -- begins tomorrow on two fronts. And, with his team on a bye week, this has New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, the gridiron's grumpy guru, contemplating football's...

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Why Men Love Making Top 10 Album Lists

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2013 | 11:21 AM

It's that time of year again, when critics, reviewers, amateur enthusiasts of all things aural -- hell, every basement blogger and his tone deaf brother -- pull tiny muscles in their large heads compiling and posting for public consumption their lists of Top Albums of the Year. Ah, be still...

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Unlike The Super Bore -- Er, Super Bowl -- The Grey Cup's Got Game

(5) Comments | Posted November 23, 2013 | 2:16 PM

Late tomorrow afternoon at Mosaic Stadium in Regina, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats will clash with the Saskatchewan Roughriders before a capacity crowd of some 50,000 ardent and indubitably intoxicated fans to decide the 2013 Canadian Football League Champion in the 101st Grey Cup.

For those readers living in Toronto, where people...

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You'll Lose the Fight Against NHL Violence

(16) Comments | Posted November 4, 2013 | 11:21 AM

Honestly, I don't know what I'm more tired of, and I don't know what exhausts me more: fighting in the National Hockey League, or the debate that has raged like a wildfire for as long as I can recall on the contentious issue of... fighting in the National Hockey League.

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It's Time to Celebrate the Leafs (Or at Least to Stop Laughing at Them)

(5) Comments | Posted October 17, 2013 | 10:31 AM

The Toronto Maple Leafs have blasted out of the blocks like world-beaters -- currently sporting a sparkling 6-1 record whilst sitting alluringly atop the National Hockey League's Atlantic Division -- and Leaf fans are naturally feeling all the appropriate emotions of supporters of a squad that's really on a roll....

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We Know Why Women Fake It, But Why Does the NFL?

(1) Comments | Posted September 11, 2013 | 2:38 PM

If you believe the surveys in women's magazines, women fake it -- in fact, they fake it more often than any man would ever care to imagine. If you believe Seinfeld's Cosmos Kramer, some men fake it, too ("Sure, if it's enough already and I just want to get some...

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NFL Season Starts on Thursday, and All Eyes Are on the Punters

(1) Comments | Posted September 3, 2013 | 5:26 PM

The National Football League kicks-off its 94th campaign on Thursday night in The Mile High City as the defending Super Bowl XLVII champion Baltimore Ravens face the Denver Broncos. As always, all eyes will be on the punters.

That was a joke, you see, because informal surveys conducted in my...

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The Invincible House of Gretzky

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2013 | 5:27 PM

True story. Early one morning as my wife was signing-in at a corporate golf tournament, a charming and magnetic man sidled up to her and, with a playful twinkle in his eyes, he smiled mischievously and told her that he loved her.

But wait, there's more.

Apparently my wife returned...

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The Secrets to Going Gaga Over Golf

(2) Comments | Posted August 8, 2013 | 12:42 PM

When I was a teenager, I golfed. Once. It did not end well. Or start well for that matter. Suffice to say, my game failed to ascend to the dizzy heights of my expectations. Underperforming clubs were subsequently thrown -- tomahawked, boomeranged, javelined -- into a cluster of trees. An...

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The Leafs Lost, But Look on the Bright Side

(0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2013 | 10:10 AM

Down by a seemingly insurmountable three goals with less than 11 minutes remaining in the final frame -- hell, still down by two goals with less than 90 ticks left on the clock -- the Boston Bruins capped an improbable, huge and historic comeback last night in Boston in an...

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There's More Than One Gay Player in the NBA

(1) Comments | Posted April 29, 2013 | 3:41 PM

And now we wait and see.

In a story appearing in Sports Illustrated's May 6th issue, and that is now available on SI's website, a professional athlete publicly acknowledges that he is gay. The riveting, first-person story by the thoughtful and sincere Jason Collins opens, remarkably enough: "I'm...

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When Spring Puts Your Golf Game On Ice

(1) Comments | Posted April 24, 2013 | 5:54 PM

I'm scheduled to golf tomorrow. First round of the season. So, you may want to put your snow tires back on.

Seriously: the last time I was set to dust off and break out the clubs for the first time this season, we had a regular wrath-of-god ice storm --...

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The Bubblegum World Of Major League Baseball

(1) Comments | Posted April 8, 2013 | 5:00 PM

At some point during Major League Baseball's Opening Week -- in the fog of having watched more games than I can clearly recall, or care to admit -- I became wildly jealous of the denizens of the diamond's dugouts, and not solely because they're placed on a pedestal, pampered and...

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