Friday, August 30, 2013

Thank You Thank You Thank You

From the bottom of my heart, thank you all so, so much.

I honestly can't describe how wonderful and loved I have felt over the past few days after posting my story about growing up a gay sports fanatic. The positive response has been so unbelievably overwhelming and all the kind words have been so touching. I'm amazed.

It wasn't easy to write. I had the Word document open for what seemed like forever, waiting almost a year to finally muster up the courage to finish it and post it. Considering the response I'm not sure what took me so long.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Growing Up a Gay Sports Fanatic

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Brian Burke saved my life.

At a very dark time in my life he stepped forward and opened a door for me that I thought would forever remain closed. With a simple act of loving and accepting his son, Brian Burke gave me the courage to live.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Toronto Sports Knows No Bottom

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On the verge of being swept by a glorified AAA team, and in the midst of a seven-game losing streak, the only question remaining about the 2013 Toronto Blue Jays is how low can they go.

At many points over the course of the season you could argue the Blue Jays had hit rock bottom. There were stunning late-inning collapses, massive blowouts, and plenty of games decided by hilariously bad defensive blunders. But it continued to get worse. And now after losing by a combined 20-9 over the first two games of a three-game set against the 43-85 Houston Astros, the last shred of dignity clinging to this pitiful team can be erased with a sweep.

But Toronto sports fans should know that won't be rock bottom either. Toronto sports knows no bottom. At no point should you ever think it can't get any worse. Decades of futility have shown it can, and will, get worse.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Wayne Gretzky Was Almost a Winnipeg Jet

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The Trade that shocked the hockey world happened 25 years ago, ripping Wayne Gretzky from Edmonton and forever making Peter Pocklington a pariah in the City of Champions. But there exists an alternate universe where Wayne Gretzky was never traded from Edmonton—because he was a Winnipeg Jet.

In Peter Gzowski's best-selling classic The Game of Our Lives, which follows the 1980-81 Edmonton Oilers, a team on the brink of becoming a dynasty, Gzowski tells a story of how Wayne Gretzky was almost traded to the Winnipeg Jets instead of the Edmonton Oilers. The deal never happened because Jets owner Michael Gobuty wasn't a bolder backgammon player.
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