Free agent Sunday: LeBron to Lakers, Tavares to Leafs

This has been a massive day for news about free agents in the NBA and NHL. The big news from the NBA was that LeBron James has left Cleveland and signed with the Los Angeles Lakers. Four year deal, $153.3 million. Not a surprise; for days, all the talk on sports talk radio in the…

Now my thoughts about the exciting NHL, and the deathly dull NBA

I just wanted to air out a few random thoughts about the NHL and NBA games last night. Honestly, I don’t know why ratings down in the Upset States are so much better for the NBA, because every other league has them beat for entertainment, especially the NHL. Last night’s Vegas-vs-Washington Stanley Cup Finals game…

Done deal! Las Vegas awarded the 31st NHL franchise

So it’s official: Las Vegas is getting an NHL expansion franchise for a fee of $500 million. People are happy in Vegas, but a lot of reaction from Canadian fans is crying about how Quebec City and all of Canada got the shaft from Gary Bettman. Well, Canadians can cry all they want, but a…

Las Vegas looks like it’s heading into the NHL

It appears Las Vegas’s days as a non-major league city will soon be over. Reports are that the NHL’s expansion committee has recommended expansion to Las Vegas for 2017-18. It sounds like the deal will be done June 22, just in time for the NHL Awards also happening in Vegas. If true, the brand-new T-Mobile…

Farewell to Mr. Hockey, Gordie Howe. RIP.

Tuned in to talk radio today expecting to hear lots of local chatter about the Garth Brooks concert, but instead was surprised to hear news about the death of hockey legend Gordie Howe. This news happens on the day of the Muhammad Ali funeral. Sad times in sports.

Oilers-Wild preseason game is on right now from Saskatoon! #nhl

SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon is once again hosting its annual September preseason NHL game, this time featuring the Edmonton Oilers and the Minnesota Wild, with the much heralded Connor McDavid and Regina native Jordan Eberle the star attractions in the Oilers lineup. As usual, though, the locals care more about the losing Roughriders than about this NHL…

Sorry folks, I went to a movie and had no time to post about all the news

Well, I have had no time to give my thoughts on the launch of the Hillary Clinton campaign, or the launch of the Marco Rubio campaign, or about Rand Paul feuding with the reporters, or about President Barack Obama in Panama with Raul Castro, or about the Aaron Hernandez verdict, or any of that.  What happened is I covered a city council…

NHL season is on!!

I will have more to say soon about the start of the new NHL season, as well as the beginning of the “Rogers era” of NHL national TV here in frozen Canada. But not tonight. I am far too preoccupied right now, tuning in to live audio of NHL games on the NHL app. See…

It’s official: the NHL playoffs have the NBA all beat

As someone who actually gives the NBA the time of day in Canada, even I admit the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs has the NBA all beat for upsets, unpredictability and excitement. The evidence can be summed up as follows: Exhibit A: Pacers-Heat. (Yawn, LeBron again??) Exhibit B: Kings-Blackhawks. Case closed. (Oh, and Bob Cole still…

Sure sign you live in Sask.: Telemiracle is on TV

Yes, it is that time again for Kinsmen Telemiracle 38, which is going live right now from Regina. This is one of those Saskatchewan institutions, right up there with the Riders. This production is unique because, with the Jerry Lewis telethon kaput (replaced by that two hour special they do now), this is one of…

NOW A FEW THOUGHTS ON TSN IN THE POST-NHL ERA

When news broke that TSN lost national rights to NHL hockey for 12 years, my first suggestion was they become big football fans over there. Turns out TSN is following all my advice, even before I provide it. It turns out right after Rogers took the NHL rights, Bell swiped away the Rogers late-Sunday-afternoon NFL…

WHERE WERE YOU 25 YEARS AGO TODAY?

Can you believe it’s been 25 years since the biggest trade in the history of sports took place — the Wayne Gretzky deal from Edmonton to LA?

A BIG CELEBRATORY WEEK OF NEWS FROM NOWHERE

No, I’m not referring to the gays’ and lesbians’ reaction to the Supreme Court decisions, I’m talking about the Chicago Blackhawks. There were something like two million people at the victory rally on Friday, including a big victory rally in Grant Park. Pretty impressive — maybe the Cubs will get a crowd that big one day…

PLAYOFFS?!

NHL Stanley Cup playoffs begin tonight! “Playoffs?! Don’t talk about — playoffs? Are you kidding me? Playoffs?!”

THIS LONG, EMBARRASSING NHL LOCKOUT IS OVER!!!

I woke up to find out a tentative agreement was reached last night after marathon negotiationn sessions in New York between the NHL and NHLPA. Obviously this is the big story on TSN, who are currently running saturation around-the-clock live coverage of the end of the lockout. The celebration parade starts in Toronto at noon tomorrow….