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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...
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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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