Toronto Star sports columnist, father of four, regular on The Reporters on TSN and TSN Radio. This is my brain in a jar.

Canada wins World Cup in final minutes: Arthur | Toronto Star — Of all the things Team Canada had come to rely on, it was calm. They know the pressure that comes with playing for Canada in Canada, but no matter the situation they believed they didn't lose their heads, didn't start trying to do things on their own, didn't lose track of what worked.

NFL pick: Miami Dolphins at Cincinnati Bengals | Toronto Star

Whose game? The question has been asked and answered: Arthur | Toronto Star — So Wayne Gretzky is at the Hockey Hall of Fame with his son a few years ago, hat pulled low so nobody looks too closely, and they tour the place, all the shrines and relics. They get to the interactive part, and his son shoots 4-for-5, and tells his dad to try.

Canada knocks off Russia for World Cup final berth | Toronto Star

Team Canada vs. the World? We’d watch that tournament: Arthur | Toronto Star — "Am I on the team?" asked Daniel Sedin, with an eager grin. He was on the team, he was told. It's just a paper roster. It's miles from reality. It's one idiot reporter's notepad, with some smart people's input. Daniel, his brother Henrik, and Alexander Ovechkin on a line, why not.

Team North America was an intoxicating illusion, and they will be missed: Arthur | Toronto Star — You wouldn't think it would be possible to get Canada-Russia on a Saturday night and be disappointed, but here we are. If Canada ever really had a hockey rival other than ourselves, it was Russia. It was, for a long time, a mythical thing.

Boycotting the NFL is becoming a thing: Arthur | Toronto Star — It's Week 3, which means, that's right: Boycott season. BOYCOTT THE NFL became a thing, finally. This league has been out of control for a long time: extorting cities for public money, funding junk science and having to settle with players over brain injuries; enabling Mike Ditka.

Team North America should have been true to itself against Sweden: Arthur | Toronto Star — After Nathan MacKinnon had just won the hockey equivalent of a sword fight in a phone booth with one of the great goalies in the world, after a 3-on-3 overtime that was about as thrilling as hockey gets, after a first period that began with what Erik Karlsson called "probably the most embarrassing part that I've ever been a part of on a team," and after the North America 23-and-under team had been the adrenaline needle to the heart of this World Cup and the most fun hockey team in at least 30 years ...

Team USA made all wrong choices, and paid for it against Canada: Arthur | Toronto Star — Maybe USA Hockey needed a reckoning. They have been chasing Canada for so long, trying to topple the big red machine, and at this World Cup they veered into a strangely desperate place. Grit. Grit and character. Fly at Canada like kamikazes, hit them and chase them and hope Patrick Kane has the genius going.

Team Canada calm, cool and collected no matter the task at hand: Arthur | Toronto Star — All around the room there are all-stars, Hall of Famers, men who have been worshipped as hockey gods in this country since they were kids. On talent, Canada should win every tournament, except it's hockey. And sometimes those stars look around the room and learn more about how it's done.
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