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.

Shooting paralyzes everyday life in Ottawa — After the gunfire stopped it got quiet, eventually. The streets nearest to Parliament Hill were filled with police and emptied of people. The tourists were cleared out of the War Memorial, all the mothers pushing strollers, and the security perimeter was established.

Mark Hunter hiring moves Maple Leafs further outside the box: Arthur — The philosophical question went something like this: If you replace every part of a ship - the deck, the hull, the gangplank, the mast, every nail, every board, the whole thing - is it still the same boat? If no part of the original ship is there, what is it?

NHL’s quick Slava Voynov suspension good sign: Arthur — Almost a year ago, Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov was arrested on domestic violence charges. His girlfriend made several specific allegations, and police noted bruising on her forearm and hip. Two days later he started in goal against the Dallas Stars, and Colorado won 3-2 in overtime.

Canadian minds battle to unlock concussion mysteries: Arthur — The slices of brain are so thin that they are barely there, trapped in a glass slide, each one a piece of a very large map. They have splotches of brown splashed through those minds, rotten patches. Some are the brains of retired CFL players; some are people with a less specific history of head trauma.

Cowboys a perfect fit for Super Bowl: Arthur — I want the Dallas Cowboys to make the Super Bowl. There, I said it. I want a Goodfellas-style long take of Jerry Jones strutting into the stadium on the day and grinning his $5-a-hand-back-alley-blackjack grin, shaking hands with the rich, hugging Katy Perry as she smiles her billion-watt billboard smile.

Kessel OT winner lets Leafs and fans breathe: Arthur — One thing Stuart Percy was taught was that just before fetching a puck with defenders bearing down, just before the traffic really got heavy, he should look over his shoulder and take a picture. Fix the 10 players on the ice, where they are, plot where they might go.

The wacky week that was in world of sports: Arthur — "Good afternoon, and welcome to The Week In Review here at PBS in Minneapolis. It's time for sports, so let's bring in Gary. Gary, what happened this week in the sports world?" "Hello, Judy. It was certainly an eventful week in sports.

One way or another, NFL always makes us forget its sordid underbelly: Arthur — Ah, the changing of the seasons. Sweaters, warm socks, the crackle of dry leaves, maybe a scarf. The slanting of the light, the darkening afternoons, the growing chill, the inexorable forgetting of how the NFL has proven itself to be an irresistible stomach-churning pit of bilious greed. It happens every year.

Maple Leafs’ opening loss starts long journey: Arthur — Some things never change, or near enough. Every year the Toronto Maple Leafs trot out the 48th Highlanders, and the bagpipes try their best not to be mournful. Every year there are optimistic words, and happy hopes. Every year they dust off the history, and try to escape it.

Shanahan rejoins rush as Maple Leafs face off: Arthur — Brendan Shanahan is comfortable with words, but he can't figure out how to describe how he feels, one day before the season begins. It's not nervous, precisely. Interested? No, much stronger than that. He hits one. "Alive," he says in his office at the MasterCard practice facility, which overlooks the ice.
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Oct 23, 2014

Goodnight, Ottawa. Thank you to your people, your police, your media, and to Chez Lucien for being open and great at the end of a long day.

Oct 23, 2014

@HoldenDCat Eh, I'm Canadian, and it's an American show. But thanks.

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