Highlights from the NFLPA’s evisceration of league over deflate-gate

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Yesterday I posted the NFLPA and Tom Brady’s “petition to vacate arbitration award” against the NFL, which is a legal-ish way of saying they want commissioner Roger Goodell to lift the four-game suspension he levied against the New England Patriots quarterback over deflate-gate. If you don’t know what deflate-gate is, you were probably looking for … Read more…

Tom Brady vs. NFL court filings

If you’re interested in following the ongoing legal wrangling between Tom Brady and the NFL over Commissioner Roger Goodell’s decision to suspend the New England Patriots quarterback for four games over Deflate-gate, bookmark this page. I’ll be posting all the legal filings here. Document 1: Brady’s petition to vacate arbitration award (this is the NFLPA … Read more…

Now patented: Cardboard football helmet, mascot accessories, Costanza’s desk

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Here, once again, is a look at some of the sports-related patents granted by the U.S. patent office over the past couple of weeks. Bonus points if you can assemble it before your young child starts whining at you! Still in the headwear department, here’s a cap brim support device for mascots, which will probably … Read more…

Document drop: 3,000 pages of 1972 Summit Series files

Last week, I wrote up a post on a 1972 pamphlet that Air Canada prepared for Canadian hockey fans heading to the USSR to watch the Summit Series. It was buried in more than 3,000 pages of government documents, news clippings, team and player itineraries and other files obtained from the Canadian government under the Access to … Read more…

Pamphlet for Canadian hockey fans travelling to USSR for 1972 Summit Series

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It’s 1972 and you, Joe Canadian hoser, wants to travel to the USSR to watch the Summit Series. Lucky for you, Air Canada has created a brochure to make sure you didn’t so something really stupid overseas, like take pictures of military installations from the plane or throw stuff on the ice because you’re mad … Read more…

Important Canadian diplomatic cable: “Hockey & Broomball”

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A lot of us kind of shook our heads when the National Hockey League started plopping teams down in the U.S. Sunbelt over the past couple of decades, but you have to believe it did more work studying those markets than it did the first time around. This diplomatic cable, obtained under the Access to Information … Read more…

Which sporting event rated highest among Canadians in government poll?

A few years out from the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto, the organizers (and the federal government, presumably, since that’s where this comes from) a poll to gauge Canadians’ attitudes toward that event and others, including the Stanley Cup playoffs and the Olympics. Here are the particulars of the poll, obtained under the Access to Information Act.