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A Sports Fan Speaks  

There comes a time...

Mar 5, 2013 / 5:00 am
There is a time on every truly great golf course when the designer forces the player to face his fears, confront himself in the mirror, over-analyze his own inner turmoil and ultimately either successfully triumph or endure endless future hours of range time discussing “weak grip” or...

The envelope please...

Feb 26, 2013 / 5:00 am
Thankfully, I once again managed to completely avoid watching the Oscars in favour of the final of the Scotties Tournament of Hearts but let’s see if I got the gist of it – 4 hours of pre-game Red Carpet coverage and extensive interviews of pseudo-celebs attired in some animal print...

Bullet in the Chamber

Feb 19, 2013 / 6:00 am
Often times I find the catalogue of weekly sporting news, which I hastily scribble down in an effort to prepare for my Monday assault on your armchair opinions, horribly skewed towards an athlete or arena of athletic endeavour that I feel deserves our attention if solely for the purpose of scorn,...

A superb Super Bowl...honestly

Feb 5, 2013 / 5:00 am
Yes, the Baltimore Ravens are World Champions again after an entertaining, drama packed, over-analyzed, under-lit Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans. It was a game that had just about everything one has come to know and love about the sporting spectacular – 7 hours of pre-game coverage to rehash...

Playoffs? Are you kidding me?

Jan 29, 2013 / 5:00 am
Well, here we are… two weekends into the lockout shortened 2013 season and a few things have become blatantly apparent to even the casual hockey fan – Stanley Cup hangovers appear to be legit (especially when you have the tandem of Carter and Richards), the Northwest Division is making...

And we're back...

Jan 22, 2013 / 5:00 am
Well… NHL Fans across North America clearly let owners and players alike know of their true feelings about the lockout – we have forgotten and forgiven them quicker than convenient memories of the career of Ray Lewis – and have flocked back to arenas around the League for free...

Looking ahead...and a bit behind

Jan 15, 2013 / 5:00 am
It is worth mentioning, that in a League which prides itself on ‘parity’ and the “It’s a new season, we COULD win” philosophy of its die-hard Fan-Base, 3 of the same 4 teams which competed for a spot in the 2012 Super Bowl, will suit up again next weekend in the...
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Collective disregard

Jan 8, 2013 / 5:00 am
The next time a man stands in front of you and a gathered group of like-minded souls and says; “This is the hill we will die on,” I truly hope that either a) Your Commanding Officer is a terrible evaluator of situational odds or b) it is 8 years into the future, the NHL has opted out of...

Gettin' Dickey with it

Dec 18, 2012 / 5:00 am
I am already having a hard time remembering these last 20 years of Blue Jays baseball – the Glory Days of Mediocrity, the post-Carter Home Run era when expectations of averageness were all the rage in Toronto and caring about what happened at 2nd base was a teenager’s issue. Alex...

Retirement parties

Dec 11, 2012 / 5:00 am
In the world of Combat Sports, the names Manny Pacquiao and BJ Penn have long been associated with a certain degree of excellence in their chosen disciplines. Both men have long been held aloft, by peers and Fans alike, as examples of raw talent and harnessed power whilst exhibiting just enough...

A sad day to tailgate

Dec 4, 2012 / 6:00 am
On Saturday morning, December 1st, Kansas City Chiefs middle linebacker Jovan Belcher shot and killed his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins in front of their 3-month old daughter Zoey and his mother. Then, just after 8 a.m. he drove to the Chiefs practice facility at Arrowhead Stadium, thanked Coach...

Honing The Blade

Nov 27, 2012 / 5:00 am
While the city of Toronto co-celebrates the ousting of Fat Cat, ‘conflict of interest’ poster-boy Mayor Rob Ford and their victory in the 100th Grey Cup – which has Blue Jay and Leaf Fans drooling at the prospect of a city-wide curse being broken – this would be an apropos...

Initial impressions

Nov 20, 2012 / 5:00 am
After two weeks in the literary wilderness, aimlessly wandering the modern cyber-sphere of sports and its related short form journalism, I can safely admit that there are a couple of issues that have been tugging at my kilt. And so, in the spirit of a man who is more than comfortable using that...

To Rank or not Too Rank

Nov 6, 2012 / 5:00 am
While our neighbours to the south mercifully end the process of electing the next President… while Donald Fehr and Loathing painstakingly begins to understand that those rumblings and cracks in his union are not the results of a global public warming to his cause…and while 75% of...

Reasons to be fearful

Oct 30, 2012 / 5:00 am
To those who once proudly proclaimed themselves as marauding members of the Ian Dury and the Blockheads Fan Club, I sincerely apologize for the paraphrasing of the title line but with Halloween fast approaching it seems that the world of sports has stepped up to the plate and is supplying...

Live strong until proven guilty

Oct 23, 2012 / 5:00 am
Monday morning in Geneva, Switzerland, Lance Armstrong officially became the first cyclist in Tour de France history to be stripped of 7 Titles and that my friends, whether you enjoy or even follow the sport, is incredibly sad on numerous levels. The International Cycling Union (UCI – because...

Decisions, decisions

Oct 2, 2012 / 5:00 am
Imagine that you made a decision on late Saturday evening or early Sunday morning to bypass the final day of the Ryder Cup in favour of some generally accepted alternative – a family trip to a vintage bookstore or the Kangaroo Farm, an early fall BBQ with close friends or 18 holes of personal...

Blacking it out

Sep 25, 2012 / 5:00 am
“TU ERE MARICON.” And then Twitter and Facebook simultaneously exploded. When Yunel Escobar, the talented Cuban shortstop of the Toronto Blue Jays took to the field on Saturday, September 15th at the Skydome/Rogers Centre his chosen, carefully selected eye-black message-du-jour read...

Fehr and Loathing

Sep 18, 2012 / 5:00 am
It has been suggested by some that yours truly, A Sports Fan with a weekly opportunity to ramble at the public consciousness, has been ignoring the NHL labour dispute/lockout. Well world, you are at least partially correct… I, like most of North America who have tired of such tripe like...

Bionic music and rookie pivots

Sep 11, 2012 / 5:00 am
Yes, it’s true that the NFL season began this year on a Wednesday – to prevent conflict with the President’s Democratic Nomination acceptance speech – and yes, it’s true that Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys began the season as Eli Manning and the New York Giants tend...

Grid-Iron grumblings: Part 2

Sep 4, 2012 / 5:00 am
Today we continue on our soap operatic journey of NFL assumption and prognosis – like sands through the hour-glass if you will… The AFC West: Anybody who has had the chance to catch Denver pre-season games is now fully aware that the arrival of one Peyton Manning has, for now,...

Striking while the grid-iron is hot

Aug 28, 2012 / 5:00 am
With the NHL hopelessly gridlocked like the downtown Vancouver core at Friday rush hour and solutions being thrown around which are about as useful as the ever-creative, offensively stupid, this- may- have- once –worked- somewhere- in- Europe – Bike Lanes – then suffice it say...

Class in session

Aug 21, 2012 / 5:00 am
Brian Williams is so Canadian that there is a strong possibility that when the Winnipeg, Manitoba native slices open that famous pointing pen hand, he bleeds some form of high-end maple syrup. And that is awesome…because it takes a tremendous amount of in-studio skill to convince a proud...

The Blade Runner & The Bolt

Aug 7, 2012 / 10:40 am
From the Legion of Non-American Super-Heroes, I bring you 2 Olympians who, for vastly different reasons, have captured the imaginations of the 5 Ring Circus ticket-buying public who have chosen to attend the Games of the Modern Olympiad in Londinium. OK, those of us who prefer a multitude of...

The Olympic dream

Jul 31, 2012 / 5:00 am
I woke up this morning in a desperate, cold sweat and shaking like Ben Johnson trying to renew his Canadian passport. I’ve long suffered from vivid sporting dreams from a lifetime of falling asleep in front of a variety of established sports networks and at various stages of my...

The tortoise & Ernie's hair

Jul 24, 2012 / 5:00 am
Anybody who ever doubted that leading a Major Golf Tournament doesn’t play the kind of mind games with the world’s best which would make Hannibal Lecter cringe, was obviously blissfully unaware of the continuous beeping in their ears Sunday morning - which could have been either the...

Open up

Jul 17, 2012 / 5:00 am
By the time this hits the web-stands on Tuesday morning, practice rounds for The Open Championship to determine “The Champion Golfer of the Year” will be well under way at Royal Lytham & St Annes outside Liverpool in England and Tiger Woods will no doubt have endured approximately...

Fight club

Jul 10, 2012 / 5:00 am
Saturday, July 7th, Las Vegas, Nevada – UFC 148 will most likely be a day remembered in the MMA world as the biggest spectacular they have produced until, well… the next one. That’ s just the way it is with Zuffa and front-man/puppet-master Dana White who are continuing to...

Round 1 goes to...

Jun 26, 2012 / 5:00 am
For some of us Draft Day is akin to a public holiday – it ranks up there with Christmas and my daughter’s upcoming Birthday and certainly chokes out Victoria Day or Labour Day in a Battle Royal. And by Draft Day, I mean NFL or NHL and occasionally 2 speedy rounds of NBA but never MLB...

A US Open to remember - relatively

Jun 19, 2012 / 5:00 am
Sunday, June 17th, 2012 will always be remembered in the world of golf as Webb Simpson’s first or maybe only Major victory… when proven Champions like Furyk, McDowell, Els and indeed Woods and Mickelson withered under the pressure of a US Open Sunday in the mist and fog of Olympic Club...

Bets I'd make for a Drachma

Jun 12, 2012 / 5:00 am
On a weekend when Kevin Garnett stared The Truth in the face and realized that age had finally caught up with the Boston Celtics… on a weekend when it appears that the Devils may in fact be asking the Kings to return the soul they sold… on a weekend when boxing referees and promoters...

If you can't be an athlete...

Jun 5, 2012 / 5:00 am
Then be an athletic supporter. It’s a classic sentiment, a quote worthy of John Travolta in a letterman cardigan and one unfortunately not taken to heart by the legions of Tom, Dick and Danny Zucos who frolic the PGA fairways following their favorite player du jour. Heavens to Murgatroid...

Moments you may have missed

May 29, 2012 / 7:00 am
Sometimes sports weekends can leave you feeling cold and empty and searching for something, anything good and positive to bring to the table for valid early week water cooler discussion – extremely similar to an American Idol finale, the concluding episode of Lost or any Ben Affleck movie...

Winning...tour style

May 15, 2012 / 5:00 am
“I love playing the game of golf. I have fun doing it. I am a golf junkie.” In case you have cause to believe that this is some ridiculous sports psychologist pre-round, locker-room, anger management, 18-Hole affirmation to be hummed prior to your 2nd Round C-Flight Match-play against...

The more things change...

May 1, 2012 / 5:00 am
For the briefest of fleeting moments – read, before the playoffs started – pundits and hockey fans on both sides of the border were noticeably drooling over the possibility of Rangers/Devils, Bruins/Flyers or Penguins, Canucks/Blackhawks, Blues/Red Wings as potential 2nd Round...

Let the fallout begin

Apr 24, 2012 / 5:00 am
Suffice to say, I did not expect us to be having this conversation in April, a mere 5 games or 2 endlessly dreary self-important Coldplay concerts into the NHL post-season, as the Canucks bowed out with grace, dignity and a series of say-the-right-thing Sedin interviews which will no doubt leave...

Down goes Frazier

Apr 17, 2012 / 5:00 am
With a nod to the late, great, incomparable Howard Cosell when Smokin’ Joe hit the canvas in the first round against George Foreman, the NHL playoffs have begun and Stanley’s favorites are getting pounded into the ice and off the scoreboard like Frazier on that fateful day in 1973 in...

Bubba Golf

Apr 10, 2012 / 5:00 am
The 10th Hole at Augusta National Golf Club on the second Sunday in April is, according to the legends, where the Masters begins. This extra-ordinary Sunday, it was also where the 2012 Masters ended amidst a small southern squall of tears as a man named Bubba became the 5th lefty Champion of the...

Canada's playoff bug

Apr 3, 2012 / 5:00 am
It is that time of year again Sports Fans! We are a week away from the annual beauty and pageantry of the Masters, Norwegian curling pants are in full bloom at the World championships in Switzerland and the Toronto Maple Leafs players and Fans alike are Googling which Ontario golf courses are open...

Was there ever any doubt?

Mar 27, 2012 / 5:00 am
It was 2 years, 6 months and 12 days between victories on the PGA Tour for He Who Once Was Eldrick. It has been a tumultuous time of personal upheaval, of professional re-evaluation and restructuring and for a man whose addiction to perfection, to fitness and to winning on the links of the world...
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About the Author

Sean McEachern is above all else a Sports Fan. Originally from Ottawa, Sean was educated at Strathallan School in Scotland. A former golf professional and graduate of the San Diego Golf Academy, Sean and his fiancee settled in Kelowna in 2010. A hospitality industry 'lifer', Sean is a sports trivia enthusiast and discussionist and is currently a staff writer at www.freethesportsman.com and at Okanagan Collection magazine. Sean recently welcomed his daughter Keira to the world on July 27th. 

Follow Sean on Twitter @sportsfanspeaks and feel free to comment on any stories at www.asportsfanspeaks.com.



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