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by Kolby Solinsky

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You’re going to read a lot about Steve Nash. Starting… last night.

He’s the greatest basketball player in Canadian history, and it’s nice to be able to write something like that without having to preface it with reportedly or arguably, because it really isn’t arguable. Next to Steve Nash, there’s nobody else. So expect the eulogies, if you haven’t seen them already. They’ll ask, What is Nash’s legacy? and they’ll toast him like he’s dead at 40. But he’s not, and neither is what he’s created.

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by Kolby Solinsky

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Yes, all hail Gary Bettman. The anti-Goodell, right?

Wrong.

I won’t not give Bettman credit for indefinitely suspending L.A. Kings defenceman Slava Voynov. It’s the right thing to do, or at least it’s the socially leaned-upon thing to do right now. With the way the NFL’s commissioner fumbled (pun intended) his handling of Ray Rice’s domestic assault case, the heads of America’s other three major leagues have a pretty clear template now for how to deal with the issue when one of their athletes is looking for his league to cover it up – react harshly, and go from there.

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by Kolby Solinsky

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The moment you say you don’t want to talk about it, you’re already in the conversation.

We’re a full eight months from next June’s NHL Draft, and already the rankings – the unfair and uneven weekly updates on which 17-year-old has risen or fallen in picked and chosen seven-day periods, the blustering from a nation of sports writers who simply take Bob McKenzie’s research and mix and jumble his Top 30 into their own unique order so they can say, “It’s not plagiarism” – that’s already started.

And it’s like quicksand. Because now I’m talking about it. And this is all done for us because, in that same weird way that makes us complain about the smell beef jerky leaves on our breath while we wolf down yet another strip, we want it.

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What Can Kane Teach Crosby?

You know why Sidney Crosby’s the best player in the world?

Because he’s terrified he’s not.

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This isn’t a real ‘Hockey Night in Canada’ montage, but it’s of course inspired by the magical music videos the CBC’s wunder-editor Tim Thompson puts together every Saturday.

And it’s made to celebrate the 60-plus years of HNIC, from the commentary of Bob Cole to the elegantly simple coverage from Canada’s public broadcaster.

You don’t have to love the CBC, and you may even hate it, but let’s just take a moment to admit that it’s a huge part of our history, our cultural heritage, and whatever hockey super-channel Rogers forms from now on will always be measured against it.

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by Kolby Solinsky

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Hold up, do I still have time?

Perhaps I’m cutting it close, waiting until DAY 1 of the NHL season to toss these half-baked predictions online. Then again, if you’re looking for buckets of copied and pasted analysis and a thousand clicks into content – if you want me to tell you something you already know – then you’ve got Sportsnet, and Puck Daddy, and your own Twitter feed for that.

(Full credit to Canada’s new overlords at Rogers, by the way, for their hockey homepage. If you were hoping for a sort of Trade Deadline-ish frenzy of headlines and last name montages, they’ve got what you’re looking for.)

But why am I wasting space on this introduction?

Like I said, I’m a little late. But here’s my look at the West’s Pacific Division in 2014/15…

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*Also published by Black Press on BCLocalNews.com

by Kolby Solinsky

Editor, White Cover Magazine

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Can we just stop asking ourselves – our collective selves – the question? Because the answer is unflattering.

Yes. Derek Jeter is overrated. Yes. He has been retiring for what seems like three years, the athletic retirement equivalent to the end of Lord of the Rings. He’s baseball’s version of Bruce Springsteen, the guy who’s been on your radio for so long he has gone from folksy New Jersey hero to He Who Must Not Be Insulted. (If you hang around long enough, your longevity will surely outweigh your rivals’ superior talent.)

But it’s not bad that Jeter’s overrated.

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by Kolby Solinsky

Editor, White Cover Magazine and Black Press newspapers

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Was it all just a dream?

Remember that, a couple years ago, when even David Stern was singing the Canucks’ praises. DAVID STERN. That basketball guy who gave us a team, left the car in the rain with keys in the ignition, and then watched Memphis steal our rusty bucket and drive it all the way to Tennessee, where it’s still sitting in the driveway. And we didn’t even care… because it was a rusty bucket. And who the hell wants to go to Memphis to get it back, or to Memphis at all?

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by Kolby Solinsky

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Of course, Adrian Peterson deserves the punishment. Ray Rice? Yeah, duh. And can you imagine if there was a tape of Greg Hardy, or of the hundreds (actually, I’m betting it could be thousands) of professional athletes who have beaten their wives of their children, calling it a “whuppin’” instead of what it is – kicking the ass of someone who’s supposed to trust you, when you’re supposed to love them.

But then again… can you imagine?

Because the NFL clearly has no idea how to handle this stuff. No other sports league would, if faced with it. (And there’s some evidence to that, too.) And we don’t, either.

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The first video shows the after.

We see what the cameras outside the elevator saw, when Ray Rice dragged his fiancee – now wife – Janay Palmer out of that metal box. She was as unconscious as anyone can be, not looking like she was merely knocked out but walloped by an elephant tranquilizer. If you’d have told me she was dead, I would have believed you. Rice doesn’t look panicked. In fact, he hardly looks concerned. He sort of prods her and tries to get her to magically snap out of it, looking more like he’s worried about himself – could he see the next few months unfolding in those few moments? – than he is about her.

The first video is a lot of things – scandalous, damning, and disgusting – but it’s also obvious, because it doesn’t take Matthew McConaughey’s character from True Detective to deduce what happened only a few seconds earlier.

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