As someone who enjoys laying down the odd bet, I'm tempted to wager a few bob on the Boston Red Sox or the Baltimore Orioles to win the A.L. East this year. The Bluejays? Too many kids, suspect pitching and defense and a manager who worries the hell out of me. Sure, they had a better shot when Marcus Stroman was healthy, but now they seem to have cornered the market on inexperienced players and that's just not going to cut it.
I'm having trouble keeping up with all the professional athletes who are foregoing a big paycheck in exchange for their long-term health. Most have been forced to retire early because of concussions, but 24 year old linebacker Chris Borland of the San Francisco 49ers,who is perfectly healthy, retired the other day because he did his research, and doesn't want to end up being the next Junior Seau.
"Goalie-Gate" in Florida the other night was certainly entertaining, but not nearly the craziest thing I had ever seen happen to the goaltending fraternity. Let me direct your attention to a playoff game at Madison Square Garden a long time ago, where the denizens made it impossible for a future Hall of Famer to continue.
If you were to ask what my favourite sport is, the answer might surprise you. Years ago, it was hockey. Then baseball. But now I love basketball the most, and it's because of the Toronto Raptors. Their success, combined with the recent failures of the Maple Leafs and Bluejays, has put basketball atop my list, and that has many of my friends upset and concerned.