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Poor Josh Freeman

Posted By: Mike Stubbs · 10/17/2013 7:57:00 AM

Desperation.  It is a pretty messed up book by Stephen King which was turned into a low-grade film seen by practically no one.

It’s a cologne of some sort. 

It’s also what the Minnesota Vikings appear to be feeling right now.

The Vikings are a professional football team, right?

They play in the NFL.  You can’t be a slouch to get into the NFL, right?

Well, then why isn’t anyone in that organization acting the part?

The Vikings have announced that quarterback Josh Freeman, who was basically exiled from Tampa Bay and has been a Viking for almost nine days, will start for Minnesota provided he can learn the playbook in time.

The game is Monday.

That’s a whole lot like someone giving you a third year biology textbook at any of our fine post-secondary institutions in this province and telling you to learn it in a matter of days ...

Why Sports

Posted By: Mike Stubbs · 10/9/2013 8:34:00 AM

Someone needs to study the human psyche.  The passion that people are showing in sports compared to other things in life is becoming strange.  Even unhealthy.

The Houston Texans were supposed to be a good team this year.  Many expected them to win their division, make the playoffs and, who knows, maybe make it all the way to the Super Bowl.

That plan isn’t exactly on track at the moment.  It’s not like it couldn’t still happen.  The Texans are 2-3.  They have 11 games left in their schedule.  It’s early.

But fans demand more.

And some fans have demanded too much.

The Texans’ quarterback is a guy named Matt Schaub.  He’s a good player, but people are starting to question whether he has enough talent to get Houston to the next level.  More than a few are guessing that he doesn’t.

And because Schaub is the focal point of ...

Early Trips To The AHL

Posted By: Mike Stubbs · 10/7/2013 8:22:00 AM

Patrick Sieloff is not the most well-known name in the hockey world.  He is a second round pick of the Calgary Flames.  He spent last year with the Windsor Spitfires and he is currently in the American Hockey League with the Abbotsford Heat.

Sieloff is 19 years old.  Guys just like him, high draft picks who got good looks in their NHL training camps, have been returning to their junior teams over the past couple of weeks.  There may be a few more still set to return to junior from the NHL.  The Windsor Spitfires would have loved to have Sieloff back.  He’s powerful and he hits people hard.  He would have been one of the best defensemen in the OHL this year.  But he didn’t have to come back.

When Sieloff was drafted by the Flames, he had not signed with the Spitfires.  He was property of the USHL.  ...

Baseball: Masters Of Slowing It All Down

Posted By: Mike Stubbs · 10/1/2013 12:56:00 PM

Ferris Bueller once said, “Life moves pretty fast.  You don’t stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it.”

Our lives seem to move faster and faster every day.  We do more with less and we do it in far less time than we used to.  We demand that attitude from everything around us.  We want it done and we want it now.

But this time of year gives you an opportunity to do some stopping and some looking.  Right before the big holiday rush kicks into gear, we get a chance to stroll a bit.  Slow it down a bit.  Not quite to a maritime “stop your car in the middle of the street to chat” kind of pace, but close.

And nobody does it better at this time of year than Major League Baseball.

For all of the shortcomings baseball has in the world, there is ...

Video: Easter Seals Drop Zone - 26 Stories Straight Down

Posted By: Mike Stubbs · 9/13/2013 3:14:00 PM

Here is the first person feel to the Easter Seals Drop Zone at One London Place on September 12th...