Mark Hebscher

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WHY I LOVE BASKETBALL MORE THAN HOCKEY
If you were to ask what my favourite sport is, the answer might surprise you.  Years ago, it was hockey.  Then baseball.  But now I love basketball the most, and it's because of the Toronto

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MEMORIES OF A GREAT BASEBALL WRITER.
I hadn't thought of Alison Gordon in 20 years.  We used to spend a lot of time together, covering the Toronto Bluejays of the late 70s and early 80s.  Then I read the news. She

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THERE ARE TOO MANY ANGRY PEOPLE IN SPORTS
Saturday afternoon, in front of about 60 people, a game featuring 10 year old House League basketball players turned ugly.  After a hard foul at game's end, parents came onto the court, and threats of

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THE TROUBLE WITH SHANNY.
Personally, I like Brendan Shanahan.  I mean, how could you not like a Hall of Famer, 3 time Stanley Cup winner, Olympic gold medalist and the only man in NHL history to score more than

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Tue, February 24, 2015
WHY I LOVE BASKETBALL MORE THAN...
Fri, February 13, 2015
MEMORIES OF A GREAT BASEBALL WRITER....
Mon, February 09, 2015
THERE ARE TOO MANY ANGRY PEOPLE...
Tue, February 03, 2015
THE TROUBLE WITH SHANNY.
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On: 24/02/2015

If you were to ask what my favourite sport is, the answer might surprise you.  Years ago, it was hockey.  Then baseball.  But now I love basketball the most, and it's because of the Toronto Raptors.  Their success, combined with the recent failures of the Maple Leafs and Bluejays, has put basketball atop my list, and that has many of my friends upset and concerned.  

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On: 13/02/2015

I hadn't thought of Alison Gordon in 20 years.  We used to spend a lot of time together, covering the Toronto Bluejays of the late 70s and early 80s.  Then I read the news. She had passed away at the age of 72.     Alison was like that person you sat next to in school all those years, or the teammate you dressed next to in the locker room or the work colleague you worked closely with and got to know pretty well.   Your lives eventually go in different directions, and your memory gets jogged only when you run into them again, or when you find out they had passed away.

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On: 09/02/2015

Saturday afternoon, in front of about 60 people, a game featuring 10 year old House League basketball players turned ugly.  After a hard foul at game's end, parents came onto the court, and threats of bodily harm were made.  Two kids were crying while a dozen adults were milling about, pointing fingers and shouting at one another.  The refs didn't know what do do.   It was sad to see, and I was embarrassed for the kids.  Since when did so many adults involved in sport become such angry assholes?

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On: 03/02/2015

Personally, I like Brendan Shanahan.  I mean, how could you not like a Hall of Famer, 3 time Stanley Cup winner, Olympic gold medalist and the only man in NHL history to score more than 600 goals and spend over 2000 minutes in the penalty box?  But to like his work as the President of the Toronto Maple Leafs after 10 turbulent months?  I don't like it.  Not one bit.

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Mark Hebscher has been a sports commentator on TV and radio for over 30 years. His on-air personality and attitude is unique and refreshing. Mark co-hosted the groundbreaking "Sportsline" on Global TV for 11 years from 1984-95 with Jim Tatti, and developed a weekly collection of sports bloopers known as the "Hebsy Awards". "Sportsline" now airs weekday afternoons at 5pm on CHCH TV.