Leaves are starting to hit the ground, there’s a nip in the night air, and kids are getting ready to return to school.
Torben Rolfsen is a Vancouver-based writer and his Rolfsen Report is heard weekly on TSN Radio. Twitter: @vanguy
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There is angst reverberating from within the walls of BC Place these days.
If you’ve tuned in to any of the numerous American talking heads sports shows on TV or radio this summer – widely available north of the border – you may have noticed something somewhat curious: non-stop offseason coverage of the NFL and NBA.
A dizzying array of sporting events taking place in England, France, and South Africa took its toll on Pacific Time zone sleeping patterns this past week.
This Wednesday, the day after Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game, is often referred to as “the slowest day of the year in North American sports”.
What happened, Toronto? In April, the world was your oyster.
The Vancouver Canucks had a successful weekend at the NHL Draft and, while grades for each of the league’s 31 teams are all over the map, the consensus is the Canucks did very well, especially with their second through fourth picks (two forwards and a goalie).
“No one ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public.” – H.L. Mencken
The Toronto Blue Jays annual series in Seattle against Mariners took place this past weekend, replete with the yearly fan invasion from British Columbia.
It’s silly season in major league baseball parks.
Eight months to the day since Toronto and Golden State opened the preseason in Rogers Arena, the NBA Finals will begin Thursday in Oakland with the rubber match series between the two teams everyone has expected to meet all season long.
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman had yet another “thank you” to Canadian hockey fans Sunday, running the Senators-Penguins Game 5 at the same time as the World Hockey Championship gold medal game.
Voices are howling in the annual critique and analysis regarding the relative merits and flaws of the NHL and NBA playoffs.
So the ping-pong balls fell out of the water cooler again Saturday, and like a certain young Russian defenceman, they bounced away from the Vancouver Canucks.
And then there were two.
Less than a week into the 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs and already several storylines have emerged: some surprising, some not.
After six long months, the NHL’s regular season has finally come to a close, and sport’s greatest postseason is about to begin.
After a thrilling 2016 postseason that ended in the Chicago Cubs' first World Series championship since 1908, and coming off a USA World Baseball Classic title (led by tourney MVP Marcus Stroman), Major League Baseball looks poised for an even bigger 2017 campaign.
A college basketball season that started with 351 teams in November and was pared down to 68 two weeks ago is now down to just four.
Is it a case of March Mildness?