Author Archives: Left Hook

Exploitation in the NCAA

Exploitation in the NCAA Kevin Churchill On Monday night, March Madness will conclude. One of the best months of the sporting year will come to an end, and a national champion will be crowned. While the madness occurs on the … Continue reading

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Exposing the Hypocrisy in Toronto Maple Leafs “Forces Appreciation Night”

Exposing the Hypocrisy in Toronto Maple Leafs “Forces Appreciation Night” Tyler Shipley Eighteen months ago, the Left Hook project was launched: an online journal that would bring together progressive and thoughtful sports fans to write about the games we love … Continue reading

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“That Kind Of Guy”: Richard Sherman, class, and “class”

“That Kind Of Guy”: Richard Sherman, Class, and “Class” Dragos Nica On Sunday, Jan 19, the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers played a football game. Not just any football game, but a very meaningful one. The winner would go … Continue reading

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Rogers Monopoly on NHL Broadcasting Will Hurt Working-Class Fans Hardest

Rogers Monopoly on NHL Broadcasting Will Hurt Working-Class Fans Hardest Tyler Shipley It’s never a good sign when the papers carry a picture of Gary Bettman grinning like an idiot. The multi-millionaire commissioner of the National Hockey League is the … Continue reading

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Freedom to Oppress: Why We Shouldn’t Do P.R. For The Police

Freedom to Oppress: Why We Shouldn’t Do P.R. For The Police Riaz Sayani-Mulji The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) hosted the first annual Toronto Police vs Artists hockey game on October 18th 2013, taking place at the Mattamy Rink in the … Continue reading

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“Don’t Play With The Dictator:” Politics and 2014 World Hockey Championships in Belarus

“Don’t Play With The Dictator:” Politics and 2014 World Hockey Championships in Belarus Mark Norman Sporting mega-events such as the FIFA World Cup and the Olympic Games, despite claims by their organizers and boosters about the political neutrality of sport, … Continue reading

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Carlos Delgado and the Less-Comfortable Legacy

Carlos Delgado and the Less-Comfortable Legacy Tyler Shipley Earlier this season, the Toronto Blue Jays honoured former star player Carlos Delgado by adding his name to the “Level of Excellence” along the rafters of the Skydome, in a fitting tribute … Continue reading

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Anti-Fascist Fitness?

Anti-Fascist Fitness? Alan Sears When I see a poster for a fitness “boot camp” it makes me cringe. Since when did the military provide our models of well-being? To be clear, the military does not exist for health promotion, but … Continue reading

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La Pulga, El Barca and “Prefigurative Cooperation”

La Pulga, El Barca and “Prefigurative Cooperation” Manuel Larrabure “La pulga atómica” (the bionic flea), “el extraterrestre” (the extraterrestrial) or simply, “el mejor del mundo” (the world’s best). These are just a few of the nicknames football fans use for … Continue reading

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Sports Without War and the Sunday Salute

Sports Without War and the Sunday Salute Tyler Shipley Today in Toronto, members of the new organization Sports Without War will be leafletting at the Skydome in response to the Toronto Blue Jays’ “Sunday Salute.”  The ‘Salute’ honours a member … Continue reading

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