Kolby Solinsky

Why The Maple Leafs Need To Embrace Their Fans' Hate

Kolby Solinsky | Posted 11.23.2014 | Canada
Kolby Solinsky

In Toronto, it's better bad. It's better like this, with the Leafs believing in only themselves -- believing in nobody but whoever's in that locker room. That means not trusting the always-mocked, never-defined, too-general MEDIA -- going to the mattresses, so to speak. Burying themselves in their bunker until they're one with Lord Stanley's handiwork.

Why Would Anyone Want To Host the Winter Olympics?

Kolby Solinsky | Posted 07.31.2014 | Canada
Kolby Solinsky

What country in its right mind would willingly and consciously walk into a Winter Games with the possibility of anything even reaching toward $50 billion on its table? The Sochi Games gave everyone else a chance to think about it for a second, and once you do it's sort of like being sober in a club where all your friends are buying bottle service... you can only get so drunk.

The NFL Is All About Brotherhood... Unless You're Different From Them

Kolby Solinsky | Posted 07.12.2014 | Canada
Kolby Solinsky

You want to tell me that Michael Sam's sexuality is a distraction? You want to tell me that his presence in the National Football League deserves to be questioned, while Manziel sprays Cleveland with champagne and Blake Bortles, a Central Florida kid, rides in and takes over Jacksonville?

A Faith-Based Law School? Now There's an Oxymoron

Kolby Solinsky | Posted 07.07.2014 | Canada Living
Kolby Solinsky

Pushers for Trinity Western and its faith-based law school -- which is an oxymoron up there with civil war and old news -- would like you to believe this whole deal is about religious freedom. How can any law school be able to create, foster, and spit out our next generation of lawyers when it doesn't hold our values? Not just Canadian values but simple human-to-human values.

Daniel Sedin, Paul Byron, and the NHL Brendan Shanahan Left Behind

Kolby Solinsky | Posted 06.14.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Kolby Solinsky

I feared, way back in 2011, that the league's castoffs had figured out what they apparently now have: it doesn't matter if you do anything illegal in the NHL. You'll get a refreshing, short suspension and the other team you just crippled will still be suffering from it when you get back. That hit by Byron on Sedin was a perfect showcase of the problems Brendan Shanahan has created and then left for this league going forward.

Canucks Finally Showed Up, And It Was Agonizingly Awesome

Kolby Solinsky | Posted 05.13.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Kolby Solinsky

The players have checked out, and they look exhausted. It's not Tortorella's ice time that's killing them... it's the Luongo deal, the Schneider deal, and everything that's happened in the past three seasons. They're chewing old gum, pretending they're still sucking sugar.

That Time L.A. Put on a Better Outdoor Hockey Game Than Canada

Kolby Solinsky | Posted 03.29.2014 | Canada
Kolby Solinsky

How nice was it to watch an outdoor game in Los Angeles, to not have to care about all those recycled, overdone storylines about "pond hockey" and "childhood memories"? Those teams and their markets may not be perfect and they may not live up to the pretentious ideal us frigid northerners try to hold ourselves to, but they're a part of our game. And they're doing it better than us.

I'm Sick and Tired of the Saskatchewan Roughriders

Kolby Solinsky | Posted 01.26.2014 | Canada
Kolby Solinsky

Sunday was probably just great for Saskatchewan. Just grrrreeeeaaaaaaat. I'm sure they were really happy. But I'm sad. As a born Winnipegger with blue bombed blood, I'm sad often, especially when it comes to football. My Bombers are bad and getting worse.

Belated Film Review: The 10th Anniversary of 'Kill Bill' and My Tribute to Quentin Tarantino

Kolby Solinsky | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Kolby Solinsky

In Tarantino's films, you're always brought to the ledge and hung there for 180 minutes. The hammer always drops, just maybe not in the way you thought it would. Nothing goes unpunished. Nothing goes unrewarded, either.

Chivalry Might Be Dead, But That's Not a Bad Thing

Kolby Solinsky | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Kolby Solinsky

A piece titled "Why Chivalry Is Dead, From a Man's Perspective," tweaked me. The thing about the norm is, it changes. All the time. It evolves. Personally, ladies of my life, I will continue to hold the door for you, I will continue to bring you soup when you have a cold, and I will always strive to do something nice for you just because it's a Wednesday. And yes, I'd like to treat you to dinner. But I won't do it for the sake of some outdated ideological battle and I won't do it just because you're a woman.

I Really Miss Walter White and His 2004 Pontiac Aztek

Kolby Solinsky | Posted 12.10.2013 | Canada TV
Kolby Solinsky

Last Sunday, I spent Jesus's apparent day -- for the first time in nine weeks -- without Breaking Bad. Without Walter White or any of his tics, tendencies, or tacky style. Unlike most who watched Bad, I liked Walter White all the way. I liked him at the beginning, I liked him at the end, and I liked him at his worst.

How Long Until Kevin Lowe Fires Himself?

Kolby Solinsky | Posted 06.16.2013 | Canada
Kolby Solinsky

---------------------------------------- Think of that much-overused (and sometimes incorrect) line, "It's not personal. It's business." Well, the...

Roger Ebert: Nobody Did it Better

Kolby Solinsky | Posted 06.04.2013 | Canada
Kolby Solinsky

Roger Ebert was an honest critic. He was there for the movies. How many others can say the same? At the end, he became as big as the actors and directors he profiled. He was the Trailer before all the trailers. He was the Internet before the web. He was TV when it was still television. Something about him was more familiar and more popular than his co-hosts. Something about his opinion mattered to you. So, I'll say it again, because I really mean it...RIP Roger Ebert. Nobody was better.

Love Actually: The CBC and the Catholic Church

Kolby Solinsky | Posted 05.12.2013 | Canada
Kolby Solinsky

------------------------------------------------------------ I believe in discovery and technology and innovation and science. My profession -- wh...

It's Time the NHL Makes Visors Mandatory

Kolby Solinsky | Posted 05.06.2013 | Canada
Kolby Solinsky

We get it, hockey people (myself included). We know you like to act tough. But, please, please, please... Everybody in the NHL, for the love of whatever imaginary friend in the sky you believe in WEAR A VISOR! Fact is, visors don't save you from everything. They're not supposed to. But, they can still save your career. They can save you from something far worse.

The Bipolar Canucks vs The Heroic Blackhawks

Kolby Solinsky | Posted 05.03.2013 | Canada
Kolby Solinsky

It doesn't really matter what happens or how the standings change. For the foreseeable future, the Vancouver Canucks and Chicago Blackhawks are semi-p...

Is Hockey a Racist Sport?

Kolby Solinsky | Posted 04.17.2013 | Canada
Kolby Solinsky

Not everything is a racial issue. Just because a hockey player's black doesn't mean that's why he's been criticized. But hockey is inherently a white sport, and a white Canadian one, at that. Let's face it: hockey is an extension of us, and we all still have a lot of work to do.

The MLB Is the Biggest Cheater in Baseball

Kolby Solinsky | Posted 03.11.2013 | Canada
Kolby Solinsky

Let's stop pretending that we're so offended by our All-Stars cheating over an entire career and over an entire life. Steroids are to sports what sex is to the White House. The MLB is the biggest cheater in baseball. They're just better at hiding the syringes.

The Meeting That Could End the NHL's Union

Kolby Solinsky | Posted 02.03.2013 | Canada
Kolby Solinsky

On Tuesday in New York, the National Hockey League Players Association (NHLPA) is meeting with players to "facilitate dialogue." The entire union is irrelevant, if this works. The players and owners are finally bringing it on home, and the PC'ness that we've been thrown and tossed is out the window.

Why Everyone Loves the Oakland A's

Kolby Solinsky | Posted 12.11.2012 | Canada
Kolby Solinsky

Somewhere, somehow -- in some corner of the baseball universe or the baseball-watching universe -- there is somebody who does not understand why everyone loves the Oakland Athletics. Moneyball is not the reason. It's not their salary or their ongoing rivalry with the concept of capitalism. That's too easy.

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

Kolby Solinsky | Posted 11.17.2012 | Canada
Kolby Solinsky

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.

The Video that Just Might Save the NHL From a Lockout

Kolby Solinsky | Posted 11.06.2012 | Canada
Kolby Solinsky

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.

It's Time for Canadian Hockey Fans to Side With the Players

Kolby Solinsky | Posted 10.15.2012 | Canada
Kolby Solinsky

For whatever, reason, Canadians and hockey fans have tended to direct their glare at the players. They misguidedly view their occasional idiocy and always-present lack of financial knowledge with blame. With all due respect to Canadians, our values of socialism and unity are flawed. At least, in this case.

Sorry, But These Aren't "Everyone's Games" Yet

Kolby Solinsky | Posted 10.13.2012 | Canada
Kolby Solinsky

2012-07-25-olympicbanner.pngIt's been called the Games for everybody. But, this is not true. Women are not equal to men in the Olympics, and it needs to be fixed. It can't be lied about, or glorified for what it isn't. The Olympics are not equal, and to insist they are is insulting to equality and women. We've made strides, but not enough. If it's only a good start, then it should only be reported as a good start.

The Canada vs. U.S. Soccer Game Proves Female Athletes Deserve Our Respect

Kolby Solinsky | Posted 10.08.2012 | Canada
Kolby Solinsky

2012-07-25-olympicbanner.pngMonday's Canada vs. the States soccer game was so good it made you forget you were watching women's soccer, or care (if you did). Too often, female athletes have to fight for airtime, and for recognition. It shouldn't be like that, but sports are sexist in nature. We're all guilty of slighting female athletes. So, thank God for Monday, because we can't now. Compared to this, Usain Bolt's thrilling 9.63 seconds was like a warmup to something better.