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Kolby Solinsky

Born and raised by his parents – Winnipeg, Toronto, and Vancouver – Kolby Solinsky is an “accomplished” journalist and commentator who has never found anything he loves more than movies, sports, and a really good New York Striploin. <br> <br> When he’s not at cheap diners drinking bad coffee, he works. His is the Online Editor for Black Press Media and its 75 newspapers in British Columbia. He also claims he’s educated, having received a BA in Political Science and an MA in Journalism from the University of Western Ontario. <br> <br> His is also the creator/editor/slacker behind <a href="" rel="nofollow">White Cover Magazine</a> and an online advertising specialist for Solinsky Consulting Inc., which runs and manages hospital lotteries across Canada.
Roger Ebert: Nobody Did it

Roger Ebert: Nobody Did it Better

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 <em>all</em> 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 <em>his</em> opinion mattered to you. So, I'll say it again, because I really mean it...RIP Roger Ebert. Nobody was better.
04/04/2013 05:47 EDT
It's Time the NHL Makes Visors

It's Time the NHL Makes Visors Mandatory

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 <em>everything</em>. They're not supposed to. But, they can still save your career. They can save you from something far worse.
03/06/2013 05:31 EST
Is Hockey a Racist

Is Hockey a Racist Sport?

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.
02/15/2013 07:52 EST
How Can the Pope Resign? People Are Still Using

How Can the Pope Resign? People Are Still Using Condoms!

These are tough times for the soon-to-be-departed Pope Benedict XVI. Not only are people all around the world voluntarily using condoms, but his "effort" to "apologize" to a large number of sexually abused (OK, raped) children went largely scoffed at and he's now retiring at the end of February.
02/12/2013 12:26 EST
A Love Letter to the

A Love Letter to the Penny

Dear Penny; I know you're busy, but I couldn't let you go without saying something. You were always by my side, even when I didn't want you to be. Weighing down my pockets. Making my palms smell like pissed-on copper. When I held you, my mitts got all clammy and ugly.
02/04/2013 11:57 EST
The MLB Is the Biggest Cheater in

The MLB Is the Biggest Cheater in Baseball

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.
01/09/2013 05:23 EST
The NHL Still Deserves to Pay for This

The NHL Still Deserves to Pay for This Lockout

I know the NHL is really happy with itself right now, and I can't stand for that. The Lockout may be ending -- pending approval and some seriously important paperwork -- but the NHL still has to answer for the past few months, and the years before that. The league betrayed its product and millions of its own fans.
01/06/2013 02:43 EST
The Meeting That Could End the NHL's

The Meeting That Could End the NHL's Union

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.
12/04/2012 12:13 EST
Crossed Off my Bucket List? Hearing

Crossed Off my Bucket List? Hearing "Hey Jude" Live

Hearing "Hey Jude" live? How can that not be on your bucket list? Is there another song anywhere in the universe that begs the same effect, or comes with the same aura, when its played to people who've paid to see and hear it? On Sunday night, Paul McCartney had his way with 60,000 Canadians.
11/26/2012 12:48 EST
Sportsnet Sells its Soul for Windows

Sportsnet Sells its Soul for Windows 8

Explain to me, Sportsnet, why you have given away the home page of your website -- your URL and therefore your entire online identity -- as a bundle cog in some (hopefully for your soul) luxurious advertising package with Microsoft and Windows 8?
10/31/2012 05:11 EDT
Why Everyone Loves the Oakland

Why Everyone Loves the Oakland A's

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.
10/11/2012 05:16 EDT
Chick-fil-A: Still Serving up Hate With a Side of

Chick-fil-A: Still Serving up Hate With a Side of Fries

On Friday, the puppet poultry establishment, Chick-fil-a, released another statement opposing same-sex marriage, this one printed on Mike Huckabee's website. Honestly... <em>you're a chicken store</em>. You sell undercooked squawk. Nobody cares what you think about gay marriage so stop shoving it down our throats.
10/01/2012 12:18 EDT
The NFL's Always Had a Referee

The NFL's Always Had a Referee Problem

Okay, so the NFL replacement refs are terrible. Missed calls everywhere. Questionable holding penalties that have decided games. Let's be real here: <em>as awful as it's been, it's always been terrible</em>. 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?
09/25/2012 05:51 EDT
Blink and You'd Have Missed Escobar's

Blink and You'd Have Missed Escobar's Suspension

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?
09/21/2012 05:21 EDT
What Is Baseball's Role in Escobar's

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

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.
09/18/2012 05:40 EDT
Break Out the Ice Cream, Hockey Fans: You Just Got

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

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.
09/17/2012 05:07 EDT
The Video that Just Might Save the NHL From a

The Video that Just Might Save the NHL From a Lockout

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: <em>hockey</em>.
09/06/2012 12:06 EDT
Lance Armstrong, Champion

Lance Armstrong, Champion Doper?

If you work at ESPN, CBS, <em>The Huffington Post</em>, TSN, Sportsnet, FOX Sports, CBC, BCC, Some French Television Station Whose Sole Goal in Life is to Tarnish American Superstars, Al-Jazeera, or any other credible mainstream news organization, your goal is not to speculate over whether Lance Armstrong is guilty or not. It's to report the facts.
08/25/2012 08:10 EDT