Ryan is a talk-radio host and television commentator. His daily radio show Friendly Fire can be heard from Monday through Friday, 7-10pm ET. Listen to Newstalk 1010AM in Toronto, or tune-in from any location: www.newstalk1010.com. In addition to his opinions on politics and current events, Ryan has a passion and ferocious appetite for any and all athletic pursuits. From baseball to lawn bowling, no sport is left behind.
A week after the United States Anti-Doping Agency showed the world its evidence in the doping case against Armstrong, claiming he was at the centre of an organized doping program on his Tour de France winning teams, Armstrong stepped down on Wednesday as chairman of Livestrong, his cancer foundation. Nike, the company that had his back for over ten year's worth of doping allegations, was quick behind. They decided to unceremoniously terminate his contract. Neither of these decisions will keep me up at night, in fact they should have been done weeks ago. However! what is sorely lacking from all of Wednesday's announcements are two words that should leave Armstrong's lips and echo around the cycling stratosphere.
Imagine walking into your workplace tomorrow morning, grabbing a marker from the supply closet, walking into the boardroom and writing the words "You are a Faggot" on the company white board. How do you think the boss would react? The Blue Jays shortstop Yunel Escoba wrote those words in his black eye and received a three-game suspension. Three games? For offending every homosexual watching at home? For telling every athlete out there that even in 2012 you shouldn't feel comfortable coming out of the closet? The Jays should be ashamed of themselves.
09/19/2012 07:45 EDT
With the Stanley Cup playoffs in full heat, Justin Bieber dominating the music charts all over the world and Canadian paintings being auctioned for more than most people's houses, here's a question we're tossing about the Huffpost newsroom: Which is more essential to our Canadian identity? Is it the black puck being whacked about the ice? Or is it the quill of Mordecai Richler and the paint-dipped brush of Jean-Paul Lemieux? You decide.
05/17/2012 04:40 EDT
Love allows someone to err, say they are sorry over and over, reflexively, ad nauseam. You forgive, forget and repeat the pantomime. If you want playoff hockey, even championship hockey, it's time to breakup this one-sided, abusive relationship. Walk away.
04/11/2012 03:22 EDT
Two and a half years ago the world witnessed an athletic train wreck. Commentators and sports pundits jumped up and down on his grave, but I'm not sure those same "experts" were feeling so celebratory Sunday. After years, finally, Woods did something that used to seem so commonplace. He won.
03/28/2012 08:06 EDT
Hockey games should be family events, but now NHL ticket prices are up 4.8 per cent. The issue has been in the news recently with Ontario's Finance Minister wanting to axe subsidies like hockey tickets for businesses. For now, there will be fat cats eating sushi behind the scenes, paying little attention to the on-ice action.
03/07/2012 03:47 EST
Sunday as Kalusha Bwalya held the African Cup, he wasn't just celebrating the Zambian team's soccer victory. The head of soccer in the country shared the victory with his former teammates, the ones who died in a 1993 plane crash he fatefully missed.
02/15/2012 05:30 EST
At the end of every NFL season, Canadians sit with quiet envy as the jets fly over the stadium and the popstar of the day mangles the words to "The Star-Spangled Banner." And although most will deny it if asked, we wish that spectacle could be ours. Perhaps this year's Grey Cup pop a few Viagra and join the 21st century.
02/04/2012 11:26 EST
The truth is Toronto has been lying to itself for far too long: It just isn't a sports city. It seems to lack the fire in its belly and dedication that most great sports cities possess. We need to sex this city up a little, put on a little lipstick every now and then, perhaps even show a little leg. In sports terms, that means showing genuine interest in a team.
01/31/2012 12:13 EST
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