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Team Europe: The team with no past and no future

If the word “diversity” was looking for a good synonym, and it didn’t fancy “variety” or “difference,” it could use “Team Europe.” Can you use the word in sentence? Sure. “Team Europe is the basis of functioning democracy” … or something like that. Many still refer to Team Europe as to the gimmick team, which…

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Weekly Links: Insight on Swedish hockey; Amanda Kessel’s impact on women’s pro hockey; NHL’s problematic handling of concussions; and more

The Weekly Links post highlights important or interesting writing from the hockey blogosphere and media. Enjoy! Victor Hedman, of the Tampa Bay Lightning, has an interesting piece on growing up playing hockey in Sweden and the differences between this experience and that of North American youth. [Player’s Tribune] With superstar Amanda Kessel leaving college after…

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Weekly Links: Excitement at the launch of the NWHL; King’s settlement with Mike Richards setting a dangerous precedent; TSN’s Aaron Ward arrested; and more

The Weekly Links post highlights important or interesting writing from the hockey blogosphere and media. Enjoy! The NWHL opened its first season last weekend. Joe DeLessio, Greg Wyshynski, and Lindsay Gibbs all had good overviews of the new league. [Sports on Earth; Puck Daddy; Think Progress] Meanwhile, Brigitte Noël questions what will happen with the…

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Sports Fandom: A reflection

The following is an excerpt from C.L.R. James book, Beyond a Boundary.  It was written in 1963 about cricket in the West Indies, but while I was reading it on my commute yesterday this passage stood out as painfully relevant: But that is not why I remember Matthew. For ne’er-do-well, in fact vicious character, as…