Fringe Friday – the Seasons Change edition

on March 2017 | in Sports | by Dario Passarelli | @PapaDart | with No Comments

About a month ago, Wiarton Willie (or Wee Willie) came out from his hole and declared that Canada would have an early spring. After some double digit weather recently and of course, some spring rain, it is time to follow that groundhog lead and get your body ready for the warmer weather to come. So let’s “keep it moving, moving” this week on the seasons change edition of Fringe Friday.

Winter Moves

Now we aren’t fully done with winter as of yet as the Toronto Maple Leafs dipped their toe at the trade deadline, picking up a couple of veteran forwards in Brian Boyle and Eric Fehr. They gave up an inconsequential pick and defenceman Frank Corrado. For whatever reason, Corrado was never in Coach Babcock’s good books so despite the Vaughan native moving on, it might be better for him. Those weren’t the best moves in hockey this week however, that award goes too…

… Noah Young, an 8 year old goalie who plays on a Brampton rep team. The video above has gone viral and the dance moves have even caught the eyes of a couple of NHLers. When New Jersey goalie Keith Kincaid was shown the video by a teammate, he felt he could keep up with youngster and even tweeted the possibility of a dance off. Who knows where this 15 minutes of fame will take the young netminder, but if there is going to be an NHL dance off, you know I’ll be there. Ironic isn’t it that this comes out around the same time that we celebrate the 40 year anniversary of Slap Shot where another famous “dance on ice” took place… but I digress.

The rise and the Fall

This past week in Raptor land had more ups and downs than a yo-yo. Getting off topic for a second, I wonder how many kids today actually know what a yo-yo is? Anyways, fans were thrilled with the latest acquisitions in Serge Ibaka and PJ Tucker and even I had mentioned this was the best team the Raptors have ever assembled. It looks like should have added one teensy weensy little caveat… if the team is healthy. Kyle Lowry originally diagnosed as day-to-day with a sore wrist had surgery this past week and will be out for the remainder of the regular season. There is talk that he might be back in time for the playoffs. Let’s hope so because what was once the most efficient offensive team in history now has an offence that is history. They can’t score if their life depended on it and unfortunately, their playoff lives do.

Spring-sational

As the weather gets warmer the first sport that comes to people’s mind is baseball. The Blue Jays are well under way at Spring Training but as expected still working on getting into proper form. One person who has shown he is already in fine mid-season form is NY Mets Rookie Luis Guillorme. Anybody can catch a baseball, but if you are cool as a cat like Guillorme is, well then…you can you catch a bat… barehanded!


Summer Fun

Earlier this week I touched on TFC starting their new season and there is one other Toronto sport team that is doing the same. The Toronto Wolfpack, one of if not the first transatlantic team, start their season this Saturday as well vs the London Skolars. I am not sure how feasible it is to have one team located across the Atlantic ocean, but then again, I am not the owner. As a wanna be fan however, you just want your lads to give it all they got each time they play and that was certainly the case in winning their first ever game in club history. A few days ago they defeated Siddal 14-6 in the 3rd round of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup. Don’t forget to keep an eye on this team and remember that their first home date is Saturday, May 6th at Lamport Stadium.

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