COM0014 – Blog #2: Communication Styles

My latest blog/vlog for my Digital Communication class as part of the Social Media Certificate program at Algonquin College. What communication style works best for you?

You can find Bill Simmons’ latest column for reference here.

COM0014 – Blog #1: What I Did On My Vacation

This is my first blog post (which I did in vlog form) for my Digital Communication class as part of the Social Media Certificate program at Algonquin College. What did you do on your last vacation? What are some of your favourite memories? Would you do it again?

Mind The Line: NFL Divisional Round Picks

Houston Texans running back Arian Foster will be fired up to prove the doubters wrong this weekend against the New England Patriots. (Photo: Brett Davis, USA TODAY)

Houston Texans running back Arian Foster will be fired up to prove the doubters wrong this weekend against the New England Patriots. (Photo: Brett Davis, USA TODAY)

There’s a reason I shy away from the NFL pick business, and that reason is because I’m absolutely horrendous at, you know, actually picking the games right. Last season, I made picks for the divisional and conference championship games and came out with a measly 2-4 record against the spread by the end of it. There’s a reason these guys in Vegas have jobs making the betting lines for these games, and that reason is because they’re really good at it, and they know how to win money from schlubs like me. Read the rest of this entry

Still no love for undefeated Falcons

Matt Ryan has garnered praise as a potential MVP candidate and owns an impressive regular-season resume, but won’t be considered among the NFL’s elite until he leads his team to the Promised Land. (Photo: Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

I’m not sure if you know this, but the Atlanta Falcons currently have eight wins and zero losses on the season. Heading into the second half, the Falcons have a legitimate shot of becoming the first team since the 2007 New England Patriots and second team since the 1972 Miami Dolphins to finish the regular season undefeated.

So why is nobody talking about them? Read the rest of this entry

No matter who wins NHL labour war, fans lose

Gary Bettman said today that there remains a “wide gap” between the NHL owners and players over “fundamental economic issues”. (Photo: Chris Young/AP)

I picked up this year’s edition of The Hockey News NHL Yearbook a couple of days ago at a local corner store. It cost me ten bucks.

I don’t really know why I bought it, probably because I buy it every year. I enjoy analyzing team rosters and scrutinizing THN’s team predictions. But soon after opening up this year’s edition, I began mourning for those ten dollars I’ll never get back. Read the rest of this entry

Shanahan needs to make an example out of Torres

Raffi Torres needs to be suspended for the rest of the playoffs.

There is nothing commendable about the Phoenix Coyote’s hit that left Chicago Blackhawk Marian Hossa concussed and lying prone on a stretcher last night. Hossa did not have the puck. He was in a vulnerable position. Torres left his feet. He obviously targeted Hossa’s head. Read the rest of this entry

First Round NHL Playoff Preview – Part 2

The surprise Blues aren’t afraid of the veteran-laden Sharks. (Photo: Sarah Conrad/Reuters)

Here’s my exciting and dramatic (WHY ARE YOU LAUGHING???) conclusion to my freakishly-long first round NHL playoff preview.

If you’re on the home page, simply scroll down below this post to check out Part 1. Or click this.

Conference seeding is listed beside each team in parentheses. Read the rest of this entry

First Round NHL Playoff Preview – Part 1

There’s no love lost between the Penguins and Flyers in the Battle of Pennsylvania. (Photo: Jason Cohn/Reuters)

The best tournament in all of sports begins tonight.

Sixteen teams will fight, scrap and claw for their playoff lives until one emerges as victor in two months.

No, I’m not talking about The Hunger Games. Read the rest of this entry

Is New York City a hockey town?

Read Katie’s column here.

The biggest rivalry in college basketball takes centre stage in the Final Four

Louisville put up a fight when they faced Kentucky on New Year’s Eve, but ultimately fell 69-62. (Photo: Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

For someone like myself, who’s never had the pleasure of visiting the beautiful state of Kentucky, it’s hard to comprehend the enormity and intensity of the rivalry between the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville basketball teams.

Then I heard about a fight between two men at a dialysis clinic in Georgetown, Kentucky. Read the rest of this entry

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