Entries by Andy Juniper from 01/2013

Black Monday Could Be the NFL's Hit Drama

| Posted 01.01.2013 | Canada

Every year on the Monday after the last Sunday of the regular season, the NFL unofficially holds its annual (seemingly drunken) firing fest as the wise people who hired all these apparently inept people in the first place, conclude at once not that they made horrible hiring decisions. And yet, oddly enough, the league seems to do little to capitalize on all this inherent drama.

Looking Forward to a Short and Sweet Hockey Season

| Posted 01.12.2013 | Canada

Perhaps not everyone north of the border is altogether enamoured with the return of hockey. Some Canadian fans will surely refuse to forgive the league and the players for the absurd, avaricious four-month disruption to their puck fix. But I suppose we rejoice. Hockey's back. With a brand-new season. Sweet -- and short.

How Sports Heroes Become Punchlines

| Posted 01.18.2013 | Canada

Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong and Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o became punchlines on late-night talk shows and social media this week -- Armstrong for his two-part confessional with Oprah Winfrey and Te'o for apparently having been a part (unwittingly, or otherwise) of a huge hoax. We laugh, but these stories are honestly more sad and sick, than funny. They are drawn from the deep, dark well of black humour.

Two Idle Weeks Before the Super Bowl Are Too Many

| Posted 01.28.2013 | Canada

To football fanatics, the two-week time lag between Conference Championship Sunday and Super Bowl Sunday is more than a little dry spell sans their pigskin pastime, it's a veritable desert in the oasis of National Football League action and entertainment.