It has been an emotional week for Blue Jays fans and fans across Major League Baseball. Roy Halladay, the Blue Jay’s ace from 1998-2009, in every sense of the word, tragically passed away on November 7, 2017. As I sat down to write about Roy and reflect on his remarkable career, it became increasingly more difficult to put my thoughts into words. I read every article and anecdote I could find, from beat writers to national media, and one theme kept surfacing: the magnitude of the impact that Roy had on everybody around him. No matter what your relationship was to Roy, he left an impression on you. For that reason, I decided to speak to some of the members of our baseball staff to get a sense of what Roy’s career meant to them.
The last four years has been the most successful run in franchise history. Since the blockbuster trade in December of 2013 that sent Rudy Gay to Sacramento – that was initially intended to signal a rebuild – the duo of Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan has led the Raptors to four straight playoff appearances, set the franchise record for regular season wins, and fell just two games short of making the 2016 NBA Finals. As they enter the 2017-2018 season with the same core intact, the age-old question remains: Can this team beat the Cleveland Cavaliers in the playoffs? Let’s take a look.
The Toronto Maple Leafs are #ActuallyGood. This phrase (rallying cry?) was originally coined at the beginning of last season by The Leafs Nation blogger Jeff Veillette (@JeffVeillette), and boy was he ever right. The 2016-2017 Maple Leafs were an offensive juggernaut who not only made the playoffs for just the second time in the past decade, but also pushed the Washington Capitals to six games in Round 1. They exceeded the expectations of even the most bullish of Leafs fans and look poised to take an even bigger step this season. Below is a preview to get you all set for the season when the puck finally drops tonight!
Fall is just around the corner and that means the return of two things: school and, more importantly, NFL football! We’re here to get you all set with a preview of the upcoming NFL season. As we look ahead to Week 1, we’re going to examine the key off-season moves, story lines to follow, a breakdown of each division, and of course, our Super Bowl predictions.
One of the most frequent questions we get from baseball parents is, “How do I know which bat to buy my son or daughter?” If you go into a sports store these days, you will see rows of metal and wood bats and it can be difficult to know what you need. Here are some tips on how to choose the right bat for you!