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Sports Columnist — Toronto Star

Toronto Star sports columnist, father of three, regular on The Reporters on TSN and TSN Radio. This is the cracked blinking kaleidoscope of my brain.

Super Bowl a chance for NFL to showcase its immense power: Arthur — PHOENIX-When this week began, the questions being asked were not in the official Super Bowl program. Usually you come in with the storylines clearly mapped out, paths between the trees. The quarterbacks, the defences, the coaches, the stars, the show. This year? Yeah, not so much.

Much of what NFL is selling we ain’t buying: Arthur — PHOENIX-The National Football League had sold out of Super Bowl ads by Thursday, at $4.5 million (U.S.) a pop. There is no better place to sell than at this towering monument to money and America, where commerce is threaded though every piece of absurdity. Thursday, there were rivers of both.

Seahawks’ Marshawn Lynch bucking the system his own way: Arthur — PHOENIX-On Wednesday Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett said to a reporter with a too-close tape recorder, "Can you get that away from my face?" You would have done the same thing, no problem. Bennett, by the way, is a riot. He answers questions thoughtfully, hilariously, over and over.

Super Bowl Media Day highlights two distinctly different teams: Arthur — PHOENIX-It's not that Media Day at the Super Bowl is undignified, precisely. No, wait. It is exactly that. It is a pit of wretched humanity, clustering around football players like moths to flame. Stunt media, military media, media asking about religion, media desperately asking some silly thing or another.

Patriots owner on defensive about 'Deflategate': Arthur — PHOENIX-And, we're off. The NFL didn't even get to media day before the hostilities started, and the hostilities weren't just between the teams, actually. They went higher than that. It's not quite open warfare, but warning shots were involved.

Brady, Belichick deflect Patriots Deflategate heat: Arthur — Consider the noble ballboy. The ballboy is employed by the New England Patriots, and he believes deeply in the franchise. He works as many hours as it takes, with no complaints, during the season. He does whatever he is asked. He reveres Bill Belichick, and fears him.

Deflategate just hot air for New England Patriots: Arthur — Calm down, hold on, wait. Look, the New England Patriots are going to play in the Super Bowl. The fever dream that the Patriots might be kicked out for cheating in the AFC championship game last week - and it seems clear that they were cheating - was fun for a minute, but come on, now.

Whatever the Leafs’ problems, this is Brendan Shanahan’s show: Arthur — Blow it up. Burn it down. Push the van into the river, drop the crate into the sea. Set the charges and light the fuse and watch it all explode and burn and send streaking shards of blue and white across the hard white light of a cold, bleak, bright winter sky.

Plenty to debate in NFL, but playoff games overshadow all that: Arthur — Debate is healthy, they say, and it's hard to argue. Pretty ironic, actually, when you think about it. Anyway, if everyone held the same opinion about everything it would be a terrible thing, so it's lucky that we have the National Football League. You want a debate?

James Reimer outstanding but Toronto Maple Leafs still lose to San Jose Sharks, 3-1 — SAN JOSE- Toronto Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer was proud but not too proud, and in that way he very much mirrored the Leafs at the moment. Toronto lost 3-1 to San Jose Thursday night, completing the wrong end of a three-game California sweep.
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@mikefreemanNFL Curran's piece. Winston said half the same quote to GQ already, though, about Roger as bartender at spring break

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So not Janet Jackson, then. Sigh RT @vulture: Missy Elliott is joining Katy Perry's Super Bowl Halftime Show:

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