July 27, 2016

What if Zika had hit in 2014?

by Dan Bilicki In: Olympics, Soccer

In case you haven’t been paying attention to any of the sports, travel or news sections in recent months leading up to the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro next month, there’s a not-so-little virus called Zika going around.
The irony is that this very big outbreak is happening because the disease can be communicated by [...]

July 27, 2015

Toronto should NOT bid for the Olympics

by Dan Bilicki In: Olympics

In the afterglow of the Pan Am Games and the success that it was in Toronto, there has been a movement towards something that is a bit ridiculous: Thinking the city can handle an Olympic Games.
While there is no country that supports its athletes like Canada does, the decision to bid for either the 2024 [...]

January 30, 2015

The World Cup of stupid

by Dan Bilicki In: Ice Hockey, Olympics

I might be a little late to the party on this one, but when you’re sick, you don’t really feel like thinking about things that make you feel even worse.
Over that monstrosity known as NHL all-star weekend, commissioner Gary Bettman announced the return of the World Cup of ice hockey.
What a joke.
There couldn’t be a [...]

February 26, 2014

An Olympic-sized case against fighting in ice hockey

by Dan Bilicki In: Ice Hockey, Olympics

Now that even the biggest supporters of Canadian ice hockey have weathered their hangovers after Sunday’s big gold-medal win over Sweden, it’s time to get back to one of the hottest debates in the sport that just won’t go away: Fighting.
I’m not sure if you noticed but there was a supposed element of the great [...]

February 12, 2014

Building a brand new Winter Olympics event

by Dan Bilicki In: Olympics

While watching some of the Winter Olympics the other day, I had a thought: Why isn’t there an event that covers everything?
In the Summer Games, you have events like the pentathlon, heptathlon and decathlon, in which athletes compete in up to 10 different events. It really shows which of the athletes are the all-around best.
While [...]

February 7, 2014

Snapshots on the Sochi Game – from my couch

by Dan Bilicki In: Ice Hockey, Olympics

As the 22nd Winter Olympics held it’s typically massive opening ceremony today, I feel the need to share some thoughts about the Sochi Games and how they’ll turn out – for better and worse.
- The reporting on the toilet and hotel situation for these Games has been second to none so far. I can’t remember [...]

January 8, 2014

Canada’s Olympic ice hockey team: Who cares?

by Dan Bilicki In: Ice Hockey, Olympics

I’m sure everyone is waiting on my opinion of Canada’s Olympic men’s ice hockey team so I can sum it up for you in two words: Who cares?
Now, before calling for my head and saying that I don’t love Canada – which I have been accused of before – hear me out.
No matter who gets [...]

December 13, 2013

Football in the Olympics? That won’t work

by Dan Bilicki In: Football, Olympics, Picks

Earlier this week there was a report that American football had received provisional recognition by the International Olympic Committee, which means that it could potentially be included in the 2024 Olympic Games.
Of course, there’s still a vote to be had by the IOC in 2017 to decide that, and who knows what American football will [...]

July 18, 2013

Should NHLers play in the Olympics?

by Dan Bilicki In: Ice Hockey, Olympics

In case you haven’t noticed, the NHL has not released its schedule for the 2013-14 season. It used to be because of the whole Arizona Coyotes fiasco, but now there’s an issue we thought was actually solved during the lockout and just plain forgot about: Participation in the Sochi Olympics.
But no, a deal hasn’t been [...]

January 1, 2013

The 2012 RTP awards

by Dan Bilicki In: Baseball, Basketball, Football, Ice Hockey, Olympics, Soccer

It’s the end of a year, so that can mean only one win: It’s time to give out some awards! I would call it the “first annual” so-and-so awards but I’m not actually sure if this is either the first time I’ve handed out awards or if it will be an annual event. But anyways, [...]

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