1. The Battle of Saskatchewan

    This article is meant to sooth and calm the nerves for all fans in the Rider Nation. Filled with anxiety as the injuries pile up, as Darian Durant gets mishandled, as the offensive ...

    Steve Thompson Written by Steve Thompson about almost 5 years ago 74 reads 0 comments

  2. No Shortage of Quarterbacks for Ottawa

    With a third of the CFL season gone and teams already making cuts and picking up NFL castoffs, it is a good time to start speculation about who will wind up on the new Ottawa team that will start next year...

    Steve Thompson Written by Steve Thompson about almost 5 years ago 112 reads 10 comments

  3. Jim Balsillie: Two Quotes Tell the True Story

    There was a short article in today's Toronto Sun telling how the NHL owners want Jim Balsillie's bid eliminated because they have already unanimously rejected him...

    Steve Thompson Written by Steve Thompson about almost 5 years ago 1,049 reads 7 comments

  4. The More That Comes Out, the More Stupid the NHL Looks

    The NHL has painted itself into a corner in Phoenix. The leaked details of Jerry Reinsdorf's bid and the flimsy Ice Edge Holdings bid are nothing more than straws that the NHL is desperately trying to hang on to...

    Steve Thompson Written by Steve Thompson about almost 5 years ago 645 reads 11 comments

  5. Buffalo Could End Up In The CFL

    "Ladies, and gentleman, I would like to present the winner of the Grey Cup, this year... Buffalo!" Although the idea of a CFL commissioner making such a statement in the future seems far fetched, ...

    Steve Thompson Written by Steve Thompson about almost 5 years ago 1,515 reads 15 comments

  6. Bidders Show Little Faith In the NHL In Phoenix

    Admittedly, Gary Bettman is right to defend the NHL's constitution and franchise transfer rules. That is beyond dispute. But defending the Phoenix Coyotes? The offers that have come in show the bare minimum of faith in both the NHL and Phoenix...

    Steve Thompson Written by Steve Thompson about 5 years ago 180 reads 2 comments

  7. Billionaires Ignore The CFL

    A month ago, I wrote an article about Jim Balsillie trying for an NHL franchise only to be rebuffed, instead of trying for a CFL team whose commissioner and board of governors would welcome him with open arms...

    Steve Thompson Written by Steve Thompson about 5 years ago 104 reads 6 comments

  8. CFL a Mystery Beyond Montreal and Saskatchewan

    After week three in the new CFL season, there are only two things clear: Montreal is in a class by itself and Saskatchewan is a distant second. After the top two teams, there is nothing but confusion in ranking the order of the remaining six teams...

    Steve Thompson Written by Steve Thompson about 5 years ago 93 reads 5 comments

  9. New Season, Same Old Hamilton Tigercats

    Since Hamilton fans are adopting a wait-and-see attitude for their team, they may be kept waiting for a long time. The team's performance against the Toronto Argonauts, arguably the second worst team last year, left fans with little hope for this year...

    Steve Thompson Written by Steve Thompson about 5 years ago 106 reads 1 comments

  10. Should Jim Balsillie Start Another League?

    Now that Jim Balsillie has antagonized Gary Bettman and enough NHL Governors to never get a franchise (unless there is absolutely no one else) there are three other courses of action for him...

    Steve Thompson Written by Steve Thompson about 5 years ago 366 reads 3 comments

  11. It's All Over For Jim Balsillie

    Sadly, Jim Balsillie should stop trying to ram his head through a brick wall. This time the NHL didn't say no, it said never...

    Steve Thompson Written by Steve Thompson about 5 years ago 315 reads 5 comments

  12. Reflections on the NHL Playoffs After the Final Round

    Well, the NHL playoffs are over, and thanks to my 7-1 predictions in the first round, I had a winning record. The rest of it was mediocre, including a loss in the final round...

    Steve Thompson Written by Steve Thompson about 5 years ago 141 reads 2 comments

  13. Reflections on Round Three and Predictions for the NHL Final

    Round three is over, after two very anti-climatic series, compared to the round two match-ups, and I have another 500 record. Right about Detroit, wrong about Carolina...

    Steve Thompson Written by Steve Thompson about 5 years ago 208 reads 1 comments

  14. Mr. Balsillie, the CFL Is Under Your Nose

    I don't know if Jim Balsillie is a member of Bleacher Report. I receive e-mails from his website, makeitseven lobbying for an NHL franchise for Hamilton and I'd like somehow to send him an e-mail with this article attached to it...

    Steve Thompson Written by Steve Thompson about 5 years ago 532 reads 2 comments

  15. Who Is Gary Bettman Kidding With the Talk of Winnipeg?

    So Gary Bettman is now calling the good citizens of Winnipeg to come to his aid, saying that if the Phoenix Coyotes must move to Canada, he prefers Winnipeg to Hamilton...

    Steve Thompson Written by Steve Thompson about 5 years ago 789 reads 3 comments

  16. Reflections on Round Two and Predictions for NHL Round Three

    Well round two is over and my record took a bit of a hit. This time I was only .500. It didn't surprise me that Pittsburgh won; I knew I was taking a chance picking Washington, but I certainly ...

    Steve Thompson Written by Steve Thompson about 5 years ago 252 reads 1 comments

  17. Evaluating NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman's 16-Year Tenure

    In an earlier article written during the regular season about what direction the NHL should take for its future, I stated that changes were going to come because of the current economic crisis and the state of the NHL which had ten money-losing franchises

    Steve Thompson Written by Steve Thompson about 5 years ago 661 reads 4 comments

  18. Evaluatiing the Pros and Cons of the Balsillie Offer

    While I predicted changes would come to the NHL, probably starting in this coming off-season, I did not envision things happening this quickly...

    Steve Thompson Written by Steve Thompson about 5 years ago 211 reads 1 comments

  19. Reflections On Round One And Predictions On NHL Round Two

    Well, round one of the NHL playoffs is over, and I went a sparkling 7-1 in my playoff predictions. While I said it would not surprise me if Anaheim won, I should have remembered never count ...

    Steve Thompson Written by Steve Thompson about over 5 years ago 1,843 reads 0 comments

  20. If the CFL Went Back to America...

    Reading today about Winnipeg building a new stadium reminded me about my first Bleacher article, my only CFL article, about CFL expansion in Canada...

    Steve Thompson Written by Steve Thompson about over 5 years ago 1,389 reads 14 comments

  21. NFL Continues To Treat Toronto with Contempt

    I've written articles about this very same issue during the World Baseball Classic, but here I go again, writing another one about the utter arrogance, ignorance, contempt, if not outright racism some Americans have for "foreigners...

    Steve Thompson Written by Steve Thompson about over 5 years ago 407 reads 11 comments

  22. Pressure and Predictions in the NHL Playoffs

    There is pressure on every NHL team that makes the playoffs, but three teams have added pressure on them this time around. If they do not have greater success than what they have had in recent years, internal upheavals may occur in the offseason...

    Steve Thompson Written by Steve Thompson about over 5 years ago 225 reads 0 comments

  23. Final Standings Not What The NHL Wanted

    In this year of 10 money-losing franchises, the final NHL standings were hardly what the NHL wanted. Particularly if you view them through the eyes of Gary Bettman and some of the Board of Governors...

    Steve Thompson Written by Steve Thompson about over 5 years ago 396 reads 0 comments

  24. Curling Lesson For Hockey and Baseball

    The results of the recent Women's World Curling Championship provide lessons for NHL and international hockey, and for professional baseball, too. For hockey, at the NHL level, the lesson is in one of goals...

    Steve Thompson Written by Steve Thompson about over 5 years ago 145 reads 1 comments

  25. It's Time To Reorganize International Curling

    The recent results at the Women's World Curling Championship may have been the best news for the development of international curling. Not only was the traditional power, Canada, out of the medals, but the tournament was unprecedentedly won by China...

    Steve Thompson Written by Steve Thompson about over 5 years ago 71 reads 0 comments