Teamwork: A commitment to the oneness

Selfishness and out-of-control egos destroy more teams with the potential to be great than anything else, including injuries

Teamwork: A commitment to the onenessFrom a spiritual perspective, I don’t think there’s anything more beautiful to watch in sports than a team seamlessly working as a group. I once saw it described as a “commitment to the oneness.” I like that.  Helping a teammate – and in doing so, helping yourself and the team as a whole – is…

Is today’s baseball player better than yesteryear’s?

They may well be, but the game certainly isn't as compelling or entertaining as it once was

Is today’s baseball player better than yesteryear’s?It’s a perennial baseball topic: Were the players from the past better or worse than today’s? It’s a fun topic, often debated in offices, in sports bars and on radio talk shows – especially come World Series time. There are points to be made on both sides of the question. We asked our followers for…

Toronto’s fond farewell to John Gibbons exposes deep faults

The Blue Jays’ president and GM bear the brunt of the blame for a horrible season, not the departing manager

Toronto’s fond farewell to John Gibbons exposes deep faultsLegendary baseball manager Leo Durocher once growled, “Show me a good loser and I‘ll show you a loser.” Soon-to-be ex-Blue Jays manager John Gibbons is certainly not a loser. Trips to the post-season in 2015 and 2016 showed him at his best. But for his 10 seasons during two stints in Toronto, his record was…

How migrants in search of championships hurt pro sports

Expansion meant salary caps and luxury taxes were necessary to keep teams competitive. But the system has failed players and fans

How migrants in search of championships hurt pro sportsThe problem with giving an athlete all the money he’ll ever need is that he’s going to ask you for something you can’t guarantee – no matter how much money you have. And that’s a championship. As the Erik Karlsson drama demonstrated last week, when an athlete gets all the money he can command, he’ll…

Dream big no matter how preposterous

Disappointment has the potential to destroy us but it can also make us great. What determines the difference?

Dream big no matter how preposterousNineteenth-century British writer Eliza Tabor said, “Disappointment to a noble soul is what cold water is to burning metal; it strengthens it, tempers, intensifies, but never destroys it.” Disappointment is a reality in the life of every person, yet far too often we look upon it as failure. If we apply for a job and…

Will fans stay loyal as the Blue Jays rebuild?

The 2015 and 2016 Jays were wildly successful but that winning culture couldn't be sustained. A new winning era will take time

Will fans stay loyal as the Blue Jays rebuild?In retail, the time-honoured phrase is “Under-promise and over-deliver.” In sports, you might amend that to: “If you promise something, you’d better deliver.” The history of sport is lined with examples of a fan base turning on a team that, just years earlier, it had worshipped. My book Ice Storm catalogues the meteoric romance between…

Kindersley Raiders win back-to-back titles

Fertile Valley Baseball League champs defeat the Kindersley Stallions in a three-game series

Kindersley Raiders win back-to-back titles  Kenneth Brown of The Crossroads The Kindersley Raiders are Fertile Valley Baseball League champions for a second year in a row after defeating the Kindersley Stallions in a three-game series. Three large crowds at Berard Field in Kindersley enjoyed the thrilling best-of-three series played on consecutive days from June 30 to Aug. 2. The…

River Rats get over the hump in league finals

Sask-Alta Baseball League champions took the title in convincing fashion

River Rats get over the hump in league finals  Kenneth Brown of The Crossroads The Cabri River Rats are Sask-Alta Baseball League champions and the team won its final games in convincing fashion on its home turf at The Swamp. The league finals were held in Cabri on July 29 and the home team did not disappoint the more than 300 baseball fans…

Eston wins Mosquito AA provincial championship

In the championship game, the Ramblers took the early lead on Edam and never looked back

Eston wins Mosquito AA provincial championship  By Chris Keleher for the Crossroads The Town of Eston and the Eston & District Recreation Board recently hosted the Mosquito AA Tier 6 Provincial Baseball Championships. Seven teams participated from various areas of the province: Edam, Lloydminster, Leader, Wilkie, Macklin, Midwest (Maidstone) and Eston. Each team showcased their talents over the course of…

Stallions take opener in FVBL final

With the win, the Stallions had two chances to erase the memory of their loss to the Raiders after the 2017 FVBL final

Stallions take opener in FVBL final  Crossroads Staff The Kindersley Stallions won the opening game of the Fertile Valley Baseball League final on Tuesday. The FVBL final might already be finished. They edged the defending FVBL champion Kindersley Raiders by a score of 2-1 on July 31. Depending on the weather, the final would have ended either on Wednesday night…
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