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from Scott Colby of the Toronto Star,
“You are their idol. They look up to you. They don’t do a good job listening to you, but they do a fantastic job imitating you.” — Karl Subban on being a role model to your children
You may not know who Karl Subban is, but he was one of my heroes when I was a teenager growing up in Thunder Bay.
Today, Subban is a just-retired 55-year-old Toronto school principal and NHL hockey dad. His son P.K., a star with the Montreal Canadiens, was named the NHL’s top defenceman. His sons Malcolm, a goalie, and Jordan, a defenceman, have been drafted by the Bruins and Canucks, respectively.
The father of five has been written about before, not just because his children became hockey stars, but because of his inspirational work as an educator and role model for children in Jane-Finch, one of Toronto’s toughest neighbourhoods.
from Harvey Fialkov of the Sun Sentinel,
Panthers minority owner and advertising mogul Jordan Zimmerman has filed a lawsuit against two fellow Boca Raton businessmen to recoup a $1 million investment into a pornography website that he thought was a legitimate dating service, a source has confirmed.
Zimmerman and co-plaintiff Al Malnik gave Marc Bell and Dan Staton $1 million apiece to invest into FriendFinder Network. They stated in the suit filed in Palm Beach County court that they never heard of the company involved and didn’t know that the site was a successor to Penthouse Magazine’s pornography empire which is linked to thousands of X-rated websites.
Patrick Burke, who helped found the You Can Play Project, which is dedicated to fighting homophobia in sports, announced Tuesday he was resigning as the group's executive director.
Burke, who along with Brian Kitts and Glenn Whitman created YCP in 2012, said he will remain with the group in what he called a "behind the scenes" role.
Replacing Burke will be Wade Davis, a former NFL player who announced his homosexuality in 2012.
"I think, for too long, we've had a straight voice kind of dominating the conversation," Burke said. "I think that there's something to be said for empowering a gay, black, former NFL player who can connect with people in ways that I can't."
So, you have decided that you want to work in sports. Great news! You finally have discovered what it is you want to do with your life. Think that was hard? Just wait until you try to break in to the sports world.
Carolina Hurricanes' Mike Sundheim published a piece on the teams’ site this morning with some helpful tips and advice for those that are trying to break into the sports world; I read through it and have some pointers of my own.
from Rachel S. Karas of the Frederick News-Post,
Mark Little is many things: a husband, a volunteer and a double amputee, an Army veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan who lost his legs to a roadside bomb in 2007.
But when he laces up his skates, he's No. 11 on the USA Warriors.
“Walking is harder than skating. I put on skates and I can glide. It's liberating," Little said. "You immediately feel equal.”...
Little, 30, called it a fantastic way to rehabilitate.
Hockey requires discipline and teamwork — qualities that veterans value, he said.
"You're back with people you'd trust with your life,” Little said. “You know you can trust them with the puck, you can trust them with the pass.”
On the ice, the men said it's as if injuries don't exist.
"Sergey Lavrov and I are old hockey players, and we both know that diplomacy, like hockey, can sometimes result in the occasional collision."
-Secretary of State John Kerry on the diplomatic relationship between the USA and Russia. More at ABC News.
from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,
Here’s the thing that really stood out while compiling this ranking of the greatest hockey commercials of all time. Few of them involve anyone who is vaguely recognizable.
Oh, sure, there are spots that feature Sid and OV and Teemu and Kovy that ended up cracking the list, but in many, the game itself does the selling. The romance of hockey is the pitchman.
And while most of these originate in Canada, and some may require a certain sensibility to fully appreciate, all of them succeed in celebrating some aspect of the great game.
continue to view the Top 12 Hockey Commercials and one of my favorites, which did not make the list can be viewed below....
from Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star,
But if Canada is of the belief it’s got Olympic problems — and the impending National Goaltending Crisis is no small thing — it should be comforting to know that the overseers of the Sochi Games have a far more daunting set of challenges in their view. Sochi’s woes go well beyond the hard-to-fathom fact that Russia’s first crack at hosting a Winter Games is being planned for a subtropical seaside locale that makes balmy Vancouver look like Siberia. To tackle that problem, organizers have reportedly stored a winter’s worth of snow should none fall in February.
As for the ever-expanding raft of other issues — well, the solutions might not be as cold and soft.
Less than seven months from the opening ceremony, the 2014 Olympics are already promising to be one of the most controversial in history — and that’s just among the folks in the accounting department. Various reports suggest that the costs of the Games have careered out of control. The price to run Sochi, initially budgeted at $12 billion, is said to have reached $50 billion according to a recent article in The Economist. (The Vancouver Olympics, by contrast, billed out at about $9 billion.) There are accusations that widespread corruption is gobbling up large chunks of this cash. Critics of Vladimir Putin are already suggesting that the Russian president’s most famous act of sporting larceny is no longer the petty pocketing of Robert Kraft’s Super Bowl ring.
Boris Nemtsov, an opposition leader, has called Sochi “an unprecedented thieves’ caper.”
As Garry Kasparov, the Russian chess master turned politician, tweeted in the wake of The Economist report: “I never doubted (Putin) and his cronies would ‘take the gold’!”
You can watch this Sports Science feature on putting a Sumo wrestler in the net while Georg Parros tries to score.
I find it difficult to watch TV these days so I set out to find something I would enjoy watching this summer. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have thus far.
The series is seven years old but that doesn't matter, just plan some time during these summer months and enjoy.
Produced in 2006, Hockey: A People's History traces the history of the game over ten episodes. Featuring stunning re-enactments, rarely seen footage, and the words of the pioneers of the game, the series reveals a tale of hockey’s inventors, innovators and empire builders. More than just the story of a sport, it is a story of a people, serving as a unique lens through which one can view Canada’s social history. Witness the coming of age of a nation, and the remarkable journey of a sport that has woven itself into our cultural language and fabric.
Watch part 1 below and go here for all of the 10 parts. Each part is roughly 44 minute longs and hopefully this will help get you through the summer.
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