Sports

Jays get what they pay for

Now that Toronto’s hope for a Stanley Cup has been extinguished for another year, the city’s sports fans must look elsewhere for their entertainment during the summer months. Many will turn their attention down Front Street to where the new look Toronto Blue Jays will try to build on last year’s promising season. The Jays aim to gain ground on perennial powerhouses the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees in the ultra-competitive American League East division.Continue...

Final four eye Stanley

After weeks of brilliant play-making, heavy hitting, and goaltenders duelling, four teams remain skating in the quest for the Stanley Cup.Continue...

The Journal Athletes of the year

Beth Wightman was the star of stars in the Gaels stable this year. Wightman managed to win the 3,000-metre, the 1,500-metre and the five-kilometres cross-country events. Wightman won the cross-country title by 14 seconds, which is an eternity, in cross-country running.Continue...

point counterpoint

Last fall, buoyed by the exciting playoff runs of baseball’s loveable losers, the Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs, the major leagues made its first real resurgence into the sporting conscience of North America since the 1994 players strike. The labour strife that took place a decade ago decimated attendance and interest, and it took last year’s incredible playoffs to push television ratings to a level competitive with more commercially successful leagues like the NFL or the NBA.Continue...

Balancing Act

This time last year, I was a month away from running my first half-marathon. Back then, I thought I would presently be a month away from running my first full marathon. Runner’s high must have distorted my forethought: my current workout schedule is miles away from that of a marathon trainee.Continue...

Final marks for Gaels

Back due to popular demand, the Journal reviews the performances of the winter term teams.Continue...

Miller Time

The “Curse of the Bambino” is less the legacy of an unlucky baseball team, and more the result of a 1988 book by then- Boston Globe writer Dan Shaughnessy. Even so, “the curse” is a term that better sums up the history of heartbreaking losses and playoff futility endured by the Red Sox Nation and witnessed by all other baseball fans, and rolls incalculably quicker off of tongues than the name of the man who coined the phrase.Continue...

Canadian Interuniversity Sports Briefs

Jordan Balaban and Ashley Kaufman spent the winter break in Chile as members of the Canadian basketball teams at the Jewish Olympics. Balaban helped lead Canada to a silver medal, vanquishing the United States en route, a Canadian first. Balaban is a member of the Gaels basketball team and Kaufman was a late cut from the women’s squad.Continue...

Balancing Act

At the library last week, my friend Sarah climbed four flights of stairs and nearly passed out from panting so hard. It’s amazing how the activities least intended to be exerting can become exercise before your very eyes.Continue...

point counterpoint

Every year during the month of March, basketball fans gear up for the NCAA tournament, held over three weekends. Famous for buzzer-beating game-winning shots and countless other close games, the tournament generates ridiculous amounts of interest and television viewership.Continue...

The summer in sports

With school coming to a close and all of our Gaels’ sporting action finished, the avid sports fan must look ahead to see what can whet their palate in the coming months.Continue...

NHL parity lost forever

For years, the National Hockey League has fought the perception that it is below the level of prestige and importance possessed by the NFL, NBA and Major League Baseball. While the off-season has not brought forth a megabucks television contract, the NHL did make major strides to be more like other professional leagues.Continue...

Miklas missed by all

Queen's University lost one of its most dedicated and passionate teachers and coaches earlier this month when Professor W.E. (Bill) Miklas passed away.

Miklas, former associate dean of the School of Business and longest-serving coach in the history of Queen's athletics, died after a courageous struggle with cancer. He was 60.Continue...

Summer school for Gaels rugby

While most students are spending the summer relaxing on the dock, seven of Queen's best varsity rugby players are working hard out on the field.

They are part of a four-month program that has brought the best young prospects from across Canada to the new Centre for Rugby Excellence at Queen's, known as The Academy. The program is designed to prepare Canada's most promising players between the ages of 19-23 for national level competition.Continue...

Slotback adds firepower to roster

When Gaels' football head coach Pat Sheahan returns from holidays in mid-August, the first thing he should do is send a thank-you card to Hamilton Tiger-Cats Head Coach Ron Lancaster.Continue...

What happened to baseball?

Despite Barry Bonds' home run chase, and Ichiro Suzuki's amazing rookie season, I have lost all emotional attachment to pro baseball this year. I don't know when I realized that I didn't care, but it has hit me.Continue...

Ladies score in football first

They’re smaller, they’re slower and they’re less experienced. So what do women bring to the world’s most popular sport? The typical Premier League fan may not welcome a women’s professional soccer league with open arms but based on its popularity thus far, everyone should be investing in shares. The Women’s United Soccer Association (WUSA), founded by John Hendricks, kicked off its inaugural season in April of this year and has been turning heads ever since.Continue...

Gaels coach plays camp host

Anyone working in the Phys. Ed. Centre this summer knows all about heat, especially Dave Wilson.Continue...

Red and White thin on blue line

A wise man once told me that teams do not win games without strong defence. Not only did this man coach a team of six-year old soccer dynamos to an undefeated season but he also delved into the foundation of team sports for all ages and skill levels.Continue...

Grad cap kept Carolina on his mind

Despite their best efforts, and some ugly purple headbands, the Toronto Raptors were forced into post-season extinction by Allen Iverson and the Philadelphia 76ers, who advanced to the NBA’s Eastern Conference Final.Continue...

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