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Raptors Report Week 13: Raptors Looking Serious, Take Down Lakers

January 25, 2010 · 1 Comment 

by Sachin Arora… I have a feeling that this article is going to have a lot of hater comments about the Raptors. But people, face the facts: the Raptors have it rolling. After losing to the Cavs in Cleveland in a game which they should have taken, and losing one on the road to the Bucks, the Raptors responded by taking down the Bucks and Lakers at home. This team has shown grit, toughness, and is finally looking like an elite team. Imagine what will happen when Turkoglu actually starts performing. Record: 2-2 Performance... [Read the full story]

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Ten Minutes With Chuck Swirsky

December 28, 2009 · Leave a Comment 

By English Paul… I recently got the opportunity to interview current Chicago Bulls and former Toronto Raptors play-by-play announcer Chuck Swirsky.  Here’s what he had to say: Q.  What inspired you to get into sports broadcasting? A.  Well, I wasn’t a very good athlete so I had limited options in terms of wanting to play.  When I was a little boy I became intrigued by turning on the radio and hearing a voice describing what was going on with baseball, football, soccer, and basketball games.  Suddenly, at... [Read the full story]

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Team Canada II: What If Canada Sent a Second Hockey Team?

January 18, 2010 · Leave a Comment 

By Mark “The Hard Hitter” Ritter… For years, many Canadian fans have debated whether Canada could send more than one team to the Olympics and be successful. With that in mind, I thought it might be interesting to draft Team Canada II. Obviously, any and all players chosen by Steve Yzerman and Co. are off the table. That said, Canada is deep in talent at every conceivable position, so there will be no problem drafting a second team. For the purposes of this exercise I will draft 12 forwards, six defensemen and two goalies.... [Read the full story]

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Do the Olympics Impact the Stanley Cup?

January 23, 2010 · 2 Comments 

by Jeremy Gibson… In 1998 the International Ice Hockey Federation and the National Hockey League came together to forge a bold new initiative – allow NHL players to participate in the Olympic Games. For many this was a dream scenario. Fans loved the idea of witnessing a best-against-best world tournament, something not seen since the NHLPA fabricated Canada/World Cup series. For players, it was an opportunity to represent their country on the grandest stage in sports, and play for a prize that very few hockey players... [Read the full story]

The Leafs

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Dream or Reality: Could Ilya Kovalchuk Actually Become a Toronto Maple Leaf?

January 21, 2010 · 5 Comments 

by Jon Neely… It’s a question that most teams are asking themselves these days, ever since the Atlanta Thrashers and their superstar, Ilya Kovalchuk, have been rumoured to be extremely far apart on a new contract extension. Could Kovalchuk actually be traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs? Of course, not every team is asking themselves if he would go to the Leafs, but you know what I mean; there isn’t a single team in the league who wouldn’t want the Russian sniper suiting up for them. But when it comes... [Read the full story]

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So Far So Good For Alex Anthopoulos

January 10, 2010 · 3 Comments 

by Jeremy Gibson…  When 32-year old Alex Anthopoulos became the fifth general manager in Toronto Blue Jays history, it came with little fanfare. Most of the media attention focused not on who was hired, but on who was fired – the much maligned JP Ricciardi. Ricciardi was hired in 2001 to restore the Blue Jays to their winning ways. Despite his efforts, his failure to produce a playoff spot lead to his dismissal, and at the same time brought out the vultures to second guess his every move. The team that he leaves... [Read the full story]

The Adventures of Captain Fanatic

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Politics of the Puck

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Winter Classic Thrills Boston Crowd

By Mark “The Hard Hitter” Ritter… After spending two days taking in the sites and sounds of Fenway Park, the Boston Bruins and Philadelphia Flyers outdoor practice and numerous... [Read more]

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Top 10 Most Important Games Remaining for the Maple Leafs

by Jon Neely… It’s hard to say that any one game is more important than another this season for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Currently in a battle for the eighth and final... [Read more]

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If You Could Turn Back Time: 30 Players the Leafs Could Have Drafted, but Didn’t…Since 1979

By Mark “The Hard Hitter” Ritter… Hindsight. It’s a word that oozes possibilities and, in the case of Toronto Maple Leaf fans, a word that haunts them in their sleep... [Read more]

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Bryan Berard - The Forgotten Franchise Player

By Mark “The Hard Hitter” Ritter… “Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do”. -John Wooden There is no better quote on the planet that could describe... [Read more]

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Phil Oreskovic- Toronto’s Future Fierce Friendly Giant

By Louis “King of Roncesvalles” Pisano… After his ten game stint up in the NHL with the Toronto Maple Leafs, the name on the lips of every fan is that of the rugged... [Read more]

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Thanks for the Memories, Joe: Hockey Loses a Giant

By Josh Lewis… So this is how it feels to lose an old friend. When Joe Sakic announces his retirement from the NHL on Thursday, hockey will lose one of the best it ever... [Read more]

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Why The NHL Draft Needs To Change

By Mark “The Hard Hitter” Ritter… Failure, for the most part anyways, is not rewarded, unless of course you are a professional sports team and it’s draft time, then... [Read more]

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Paul To The Hall: Paul Henderson Should Be Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame

By Mike Allder…  “Here’s a shot…Henderson made a wild stab for it and fell.  Here’s another shot right in front…they score! Henderson has scored for Canada!... [Read more]

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The NHL Instigator Rule, And What The League Needs To Do With It

by Derek Harmsworth… First, a confession, I hate the instigator rule. I don’t hate it because it discourages retaliation, or late game fights.  I don’t hate it because... [Read more]

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Playoff Overtime, Like It Or Not, It’s Here To Stay…..

By Mark “The Hard Hitter” Ritter… There is nothing more exciting than NHL playoffs, the hard hits, the great saves, the late period heroics, the heart the players exude,... [Read more]


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Chris Bosh: Is the Toronto Raptors All-Star Underappreciated?

by Stephen Brotherston… Chris Bosh has been selected to the Eastern conference All-Star team the past four consecutive years mostly by NBA coaches but has had trouble being... [Read more]

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Paddle the Head River

www.FISHblast.com - The Head River runs roughly parallel to the Monck Road, traversing the southern reaches of the Canadian Shield from east to west. For the most part there... [Read more]

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2009 – A Year Full of Fantastic Finishes

by Jeremy Gibson… Sports fans in Canada will forever be closely aligned with our neighbours to the south.  Like it or not, virtually every sports league is heavily US based... [Read more]

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NOboat NOcar NOproblem!!

That’s right Toronto Sports Fans; The Captain brings you the ultimate Fishing Experience. Spend a day or weekend fishing in the Kawarthas, long considered one of the best places... [Read more]

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Soccer and Baseball: It Is Time for Video Replay

by Jeremy Gibson… I was recently asked a very interesting question: why would anybody want to be a referee? It is not an easy question to answer, especially in this day... [Read more]

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The NBA Vs. The NHL

By Adam “Sully” Sullivan… I figure that with the shape the United States is in right now, it’s only a matter of time before we lose one of the four major... [Read more]

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Being a Canadiens Fan in Leaf Country Isn’t Always Easy

by Joshua Murray… Regardless of records or standings we are constantly the fodder of jokes and ridicule about our team. Memories of the last time the Leafs won the head... [Read more]

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What does it take to be a True Sports Fan?

By English Paul… What makes someone a serious sports fan? Given that the average supporter has been gradually priced out of going to the games, combined with the current... [Read more]

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The Toronto Blue Jays: Pittsburgh Pirates version 2?

by Jeremy Gibson… Monday September 7th, 2009 – a day that will live in infamy for the Pittsburgh Pirates. That was the day the Pirates lost their 82nd game of the ’09... [Read more]

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NBA Legend: Wilt Chamberlain, The Unstoppable Force!

by Stephen Brotherston… Wilton Norman “Wilt” Chamberlain (August 8, 1936 – October 12, 1999) also known as “Wilt The Stilt”, “The Big Dipper”, amongst other... [Read more]


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