Lucas Punkari - A View from the Nose Bleeds
So it’s come to this. After a wonderful two-and-a-half years as the sports reporter here, this is the final time I’ll be writing for the Fort Frances Times.
As you are reading this, I’ll be driving across the Prairies for the next great adventure of my life—working for the Airdrie City View and the Rocky View Weekly newspapers in Airdrie, Alta. starting later this week.
Covering the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship the past three summers, the person I’ve chatted with most hasn’t been one of the anglers, one of the event organizers, or even emcees Paul Morrison and Jason Gauthier.
It’s been weighmaster Paul Cousineau.
If you’re wondering whether you’ve read this column topic before, well you probably have.
During the last two summers, the Pittsburgh Pirates have been right in the mix in the NL Central Division, and have been on the verge of having their first season with a .500 record or better since 1992.
When I first saw that Fort Frances was among the 20 finalists for this year’s “Kraft Celebration Tour” a few weeks ago, I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised.
It’s not that I dismissed the successful bid of club members Patrick Briere and Ron Silver, or the one which Muskie curler Hailey Beaudry submitted, or anything like that.
To paraphrase what fellow sports reporter and my good friend, Kristian Jack, wrote once in the lead-up to an English Premier Season, I often struggling knowing what is going to happen tomorrow.
But for some reason, I will attempt to try and predict who will capture first place in this year’s Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship.
So it finally happened.
On Saturday night in Las Vegas, Brazilian MMA fighter Anderson Silva was knocked out in the second round of the main event of UFC 162 by American Chris Weidman in a middleweight championship fight, which ended Silva’s nearly seven-year title reign and a 17-fight unbeaten streak in one fell swoop.
I’ve tried my hand at many different sports over the years, but one athletic endeavour I hadn’t had a chance to take part in was squash.
I’m not sure why that is to, be honest with you, as it’s always something I’ve wanted to try but never have.
When the CFL season kicks off tomorrow night, all eyes will be on the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
Mind you, part of that will be to see how badly things might pan out against the Montreal Alouettes after the Blue Bombers were hammered 52-0 by the Hamilton Tiger Cats in their final pre-season game last Thursday.
In a sense, the U.S. Open golf tournament is like one of those multi-car pileups on the interstate.
You know it’s bad, but you just can’t look away from it.
For the casual sports observer, last week’s Major League Baseball draft is at the bottom rung compared to the other major pro leagues in North America.