Entries by Kolby Solinsky from 09/2012

The Video that Just Might Save the NHL From a Lockout

| Posted 09.06.2012 | Canada

Janne Makkonen, a YouTube maestro and editing wunderkind, who splices together the best of CBC's montages and Sportsnet's not-used-enough in-game footage, has released his newest tour de force, titled "NHL - Together We Can". Congratulations, Janne Makkonen, and thank you for finally taking side with the one thing we all really care about: hockey.

Break Out the Ice Cream, Hockey Fans: You Just Got Dumped

| Posted 09.17.2012 | Canada

Of all four NHL lockouts in the past 21 years, this one seems the laziest. This just seems like it's been a long summer and your kid doesn't want to wake up before 8 a.m. for the first time in two months. This lockout is the snooze button on a season that was coming too fast, especially since it's clear negotiations didn't "start" until the 11th hour, or not at all.

What Is Baseball's Role in Escobar's Homophobia?

| Posted 09.18.2012 | Canada

There's really not much to say about what Yunel Escobar said, or tried to say. Truth is, we won't even hear what he did mean, because he, Major League Baseball, and the Jays will want to distance themselves from it. The game will try and brush over it like it's dirt on home plate, and that's the real problem here. It's not the incident. That exists with Yunel, and Yunel alone. But, it's how the game handles it that matters. At the end of the day, Escobar's eye black gives us no insight into some kind of underground, homophobic baseball culture.

Blink and You'd Have Missed Escobar's Suspension

| Posted 09.21.2012 | Canada

Yunel Escobar has served his three-game suspension for writing a gay slur on his eye black last Saturday, and will return to the Toronto Blue Jays lineup tonight. Wait, didn't that happen, like, yesterday? We've barely had time to breathe, and now Escobar is returning?

The NFL's Always Had a Referee Problem

| Posted 09.25.2012 | Canada

Okay, so the NFL replacement refs are terrible. Missed calls everywhere. Questionable holding penalties that have decided games. Let's be real here: as awful as it's been, it's always been terrible. How many years have you sat on your couch and screamed at the TV because those Foot Locker employees missed an obvious penalty? How terrible are referees, in general, and across all sports?