NCAA National Title On The Rise

The NCAA is a billion dollar corporation (2016-2017 Revenue)

By: Quinn MacDonald

The proficiency levels for professional and college athletes are arguably on par, specifically when it comes to football. The current sports development system creates exceptional college athletes and unprepared NFL players. Watching untapped, raw talent, perform on the nation’s biggest stage is why the NCAA is so popular and entertaining.

College football has never been hotter, and viewership for the CBS package of games reached a high mark, averaging 7.103 million viewers season-to-date, the network’s best mark in 29 years

This article highlights the biggest College Football headlines during 2019 season.

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2019: The Year of the No Call and Call Back

Don’t hate the player hate the game

By: Quinn MacDonald

The now famous no-call, in the NFC Championship match
(#11) Tommy Lee Lewis decked by (#23) Nickell Robey-Coleman

2020 is nearly upon us, but there was some of the greatest sporting moments in history, during 2019. Especially with Canadians, the emergence of Bianca Andreescu and the Toronto Raptors championship, would just be scratching the surface.

But what about all the moments that didn’t come to fruition, whether it be because of skill, pure luck, a technical error or just a blatant missed call.

This article looks at the worst non-call and call back by officials in 2019.

The NFL Is Rigged Right?

It’s hard to top the excitement and controversy during the NFC championship match. New Orleans led 13-0 after the first, but couldn’t hold onto the lead before being victimized by the worst, no-call pass interference in NFL history. 

Sean Payton livid with the referees after the no pass interference call

Robey Coleman, (Los Angeles – Corner Back) even admitted to reporters following the game…  
“Oh hell-yeah” “That was P.I”
Coleman says after watching the replay for the first time

So how does something so blatantly obvious not get called? Best bet, is it has something to do with money and markets.

LA > New Orleans. 

It took NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell, 10 days before releasing a statement and addressing the media

The league has worked closely with New Orleans and every other team to ensure this wouldn’t happen again. The outcome, 31 of 32 teams voted and agreed upon having pass interference being a reviewable play. 

Saddle Up

One of the biggest Sporting events of the year that needed a replay, was the Kentucky Derby. 

It’s one of the most notable horse races all around the world and apart of the prestigious triple crown. 

The horses and riders heading into the final stretch at the 145th Kentucky Derby

But after all it is the year 2019 and this Derby would be like no other. 
Maximum Security was the first horse to cross the finish line on May 4 but was disqualified for swerving into the path of other horses, causing them a better finish. 

Second-place long shot, Country House, was awarded the win in the first Kentucky Derby ever to disqualify the winner for an on-track infraction. 
Oh and not to mention, Country House was a 65-1 payout.

Not to bad for anyone who took a little risk, the reward was certainly one for the record books.  

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A Championship Year for the Toronto Raptors.

In the span of one year Canada became a threat to the world of sports, specifically basketball. The Toronto Raptors showed the rest of the NBA they are a winning team.

Kawhi Leonard #2 of the Toronto Raptors hits the game-winning shot against the Philadelphia 76ers during Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2019 NBA Playoffs on May 12, 2019 at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

By: Victoria Femia

This year consisted of some of the craziest moments we’ve seen in sports. But for Canadians this year was historic. 

Holding the top spot, as probably Canada’s ultimate moment of the decade, is the Toronto Raptors winning their first ever Championship.

With Kawhi Leonard coming off an injury season with the Spurs in which he only played  9 games and Toronto trading away one of their stars, DeMar DeRozan, people were not expecting the Raptors to make it far.

But doubts against the team started to fade as Toronto maintained a spot high up in the Eastern Conference standings. 

After coming off a 58-24 regular season, it was time for playoffs. 

The first round against the Orlando Magic came and gone, but the second round was a back and forth battle that ended in dramatic fashion.

The series went to game 7 against the Philadelphia 76ers, and it was an iconic game.

With 4 seconds left, the Raptors had possession on the inbound and the game plan? get the ball to Kawhi Leonard.

Marc Gasol inbounded the ball to Leonard who took it to the corner, shot it and hoped for the best. The ball dramatically bounced from each side of the rim before finally going through the hoop. 

This was the first game 7 buzzer-beater in NBA history, which led to its name, “The Shot.

Tears were shed by the 76ers, Joel Embiid specifically, and just like that the Raptors had moved on to the Eastern Conference finals to face the Milwaukee Bucks.

Given that Toronto was 1-4 against the Bucks in the regular season, most people thought Milwaukee would take the series. It started out with Milwaukee winning the first two games which made people doubt Toronto even more.

But the unpredictable Toronto Raptors went on to win the next 4 games to close out the Bucks and win the Eastern Conference title. 

Toronto was so close to a title and the city was electric, every game thousands of fans filled the outside of the Scotiabank Arena, aka Jurassic Park to cheer on their team. 

The Raptors went on to face the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals.

The whole Raptor team had stepped up tremendously during the playoffs, Norman Powell turned into “playoff Powell,” racking up points for Toronto. Fred VanVleet was consistently hitting clutch threes along with Marc Gasol. Pascal Siakam was averaging 20 points per game and Leonard was averaging 28 points in the playoffs. 

Toronto dismantled Golden State player by player. An injured Kevin Durant tried to make an early return to the series to attempt to save the Warriors from losing but failed as he ruptured his achilles. Then Klay Thompson tried desperately to keep them alive in game 6 but he left the game with a torn ACL. It was all up to Steph Curry, who was noticeably exhausted. 

Raptors took full advantage of the injury riddled Warriors, winning game 6 114-110 and went on to win their first NBA Championship. 

After the game the crowd cheered for Leonard as he hoisted up his second Finals MVP trophy. 

To celebrate their first title, over one million fans crowded the streets of downtown Toronto and about 100,000 packed Nathan Phillips Square and the surrounding streets at the Raptors Championship parade.

The Raptors ambassador, Drake, was of course in attendance celebrating with the team on their bus. 

At the end of the ceremony Leonard gave a speech to the crowd telling them to “enjoy this moment and have fun with it,” he then mocked himself by doing his own infamous laugh.

Not long after, Marc Gasol completed a historic double by winning the World Cup with Spain. The Raptors centre became the 2nd player to win an NBA title and a FIBA world gold medal in the same year.

It was the perfect way to cap off a Championship year for the Toronto Raptors.

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Andreescu Caps off 2019 The Only Way She Knows How

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Canadian tennis phenom Bianca Andreescu kisses the U.S. Open trophy after defeating Serena Williams in the 2019 Final (Courtesy: AP)

By: Ben Browne

Winning.

That’s what Canadian tennis phenom Bianca Andreescu does best.

So, it’s only fitting she closed out a banner season for not only herself, but the sport of tennis itself in Canada by, well, winning.

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Nationals Defeat Astros In Game Seven To Win 2019 World Series

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The Washington Nationals celebrating on the field after clinching the World Series title.

By: Raegan Subban

Entering the 2019 MLB season the Washington Nationals were far from favorites to win the World Series. They lost arguably their best player, Bryce Harper, in the offseason to the Philadelphia Phillies. 

With a 19-31 record after the month of May, it wasn’t looking good for the Nats to even make the postseason.

However, after breaking into the 2019 Major League Baseball postseason as a wildcard team, the Nationals defied the odds and won it all. Washington defeated the Houston Astros in the 2019 World Series to win for the first time in franchise history.

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Blues Cup Run the Epitome of ‘The Year of the Improbable’

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St. Louis Blues superfan Laila Anderson poses with the Stanley Cup next to her favourite player, Blues defenceman Colton Parayko (Courtesy: NHL)

By: Ben Browne

2019 had no shortage of spectacular sporting storylines – Tiger Woods’ Masters victory, the Washington Nationals first World Series, the Raptors first NBA title, and many others.

The St. Louis Blues were one of those “other” storylines, as, on June 12, St. Louis captured its first ever Stanley Cup with a dominant 4-1 victory over the Boston Bruins at the ever-hostile TD Garden in Boston.

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Tiger’s comeback was extraordinary

Tiger Woods went 14 years between wins at the Masters

AUGUSTA, GA – APRIL 14 2019: Tiger Woods celebrates after sinking his putt to win during the final round of the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club

By Harley Kock

Tiger Woods clinched his fifth Masters and 15th major title on April 14th, 2019, becoming one of the greatest comeback stories in sports, after overcoming career-threatening back problems.

The 43-year-old muscled his way through a tightly packed leaderboard to win by one shot at Augusta for his first major title in 11 years and first Masters win since 2005.

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Virginia bounced back

The Cavaliers won the NCAA title following one of the most disappointing showings of all-time

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – April 8th 2019: Virginia head coach Tony Bennett rests his head on point guard Ty Jerome during the trophy presentation

By Harley Kock

A redemption story for the ages.

Just one year after suffering a historic defeat in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, the Virginia Cavaliers became champions for the first time in school history.

De’Andre Hunter scored 27 points, including a game-tying 3-pointer near the end of regulation.

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Dirk Nowitzki quietly said goodbye

The Dallas Mavericks Legend retired after 21 seasons in the NBA

DALLAS, TX – June 16 2011: Dirk Nowitzki waves to fans during the Dallas Mavericks NBA Finals Victory celebration

By Harley Kock

While some guys like Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade went on a year long retirement tours, Dirk Nowitzki didn’t say goodbye until his final game in Dallas.

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From Long-Time Teammates To Rival Head Coaches

Two old friends, Steinauer and O’Shea, now meet as the opposing Head Coaches in the 2019 Grey Cup

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Winnipeg Blue Bombers head coach Mike O’Shea, left, and Hamilton Tiger-Cats head coach Orlondo Steinauer answer questions during the coaches news conference at the CFL’s Grey Cup week in Calgary

By Raegan Subban

Hamilton Tiger-Cats football operations consultant Jim Barker will have a proud, dad-like moment on Sunday, November 24.

In 2012, Barker was the head coach of the Toronto Argonauts. He took a chance and asked two retired CFL players, with no previous coaching experience, to join his staff. Barker gave the Winnipeg head coach Mike O’Shea and Hamilton’s Orlondo Steinauer their first CFL coaching jobs. Barker knew O’Shea closely from the time he played for him, and knew Steinauer from reputation. However, their relationship did not begin there.

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