Since the 1970s, Vancouver hockey fans have endured a club that has been roller-coaster at best and horrifyingly bad at its worst, often never making the playoffs and even more often getting drubbed in the first or second rounds by clearly superior teams.Â Since my childhood the team has withstood four different ownership groups and […]Read more "More NHL teams should salute their fans"
The funny thing about Canadians is that we’re not very good at standing in the limelight.Â While our neighbours to the South take their star turns for such staggering feats as winning a game show, it is a uniquely Canadian attribute that some of our greater contributors tend to go completely unredeemed. For that reason […]Read more "Doug Alward Should Light the Flame in 2010"
Finally, some common sense! On Friday in the Guardian World Bank head Robert Zoellick was quoted while speaking at an IMF meeting, saying that “in the US and Europe over the last year we have been focusing on the prices of gasoline at the pumps. While many worry about filling their gas tanks, many others […]Read more "World Bank weighs in on ethanol"
There are rumours circulating that the NHL season will start with games in Sweden and possibly other European capitals for 2008. This might vindicate my post from a few days ago which stated that the league needs to start a dialogue with fans in Europe. Looks like the NHL would start the season with a […]Read more "2008-2009 NHL Season to Start in Sweden?"
It ended this afternoon (early evening, Buffalo time) with a shoot-out goal by phenom Sidney Crosby on Buffalo goalie Ryan Miller before 70,000 freezing, mostly-drunk fans mixed from Canadians and the occasional actual Buffalo Sabres fan amid a blinding snow storm. If you squint a little, that’s kind of how professional hockey began, more than […]Read more "How to Properly Export Hockey"
This, dear friends, is a headline which should scare you. Â Last week’sÂ The EconomistÂ featured this rather alarmist (but accurate) headline on the cover. Â And you should all pay heed. Â Food is of course a benchmark for inflation, and among peoples in differing classes its price has served as a great equalizer. Â When food costs more, we […]Read more "The End of Cheap Food"
Telecom has, generally speaking, become a zero-sum game. In fact it probably always was, despite numerous attempts by governments at deregulation. The fact of the matter is that even today, full-duplex voice conversations between two parties is almost entirely controlled by a cabal of international telecom companies, both wireless and wireline, who manipulate and milk […]Read more "There’s no real innovation in telecom"
As Liz Gannes reports, iPhone mania persists in NYC, with folks lining up at 3AM clutching fistfuls of twenties to buy iPhones five at a time — for export to Europe. This despite the fact that Apple has been throwing cold water on the whole iPhone unlocking marketplace by warning people that a future firmware […]Read more "iPhone Mania Persists Despite Apple’s Cold Shoulder"
Earlier this year GIZMODO announced the obvious, that Rogers Wireless would eventually launch the iPhone in Canada, based on the ever-reliable “confirmation from customer service” which took the form of an apparent email… this turned out to be a hoax. Rogers is, of course, the only GSM carrier in Canada, and since the iPhone is […]Read more "iPhone For Canada in December"
From RegHardware comes the scoop that Apple will announce the Euro iPhone on Monday. It’ll be available on multiple carriers (Vodafone and T-Mobile), sold unlocked at CarPhone Warehouse, and will sport 3G street cred. What does this really mean? Well, principally it means that being first in line for today’s AT&T iPhone is a complete […]Read more "I Want the Euro iPhone, Not the Crippled AT&TPhone"