Archive for the ‘Video’ Category

Toronto Sport and Social Club Indoor Soccer Shoots… and Misses

Sunday, November 15th, 2009

I was just checking out the turf indoor soccer registration options for the next season over on the Toronto Sport and Social Club site. This season they included links to view a video. I was thinking ‘great idea!’. What a great way to check out the indoor venues before you sign up (as, lets face it, there was always a big difference between Soccerworld and, lets say, Waterside). Click the video aaaaaaaaaaaand it’s just a generic indoor soccer video. Click the video for the next registration venue – same video. So, a great idea with poor execution. They’ve got some new-ish Toronto indoor soccer fields listed this year (Varsity, Lamport w/ a bubble, etc.) and it would have been great to see how they are. Maybe next year?



World Masters Games: The Games For Everyone

Saturday, November 7th, 2009

Ever heard of the ‘World Masters Games’? I hadn’t either, until we received an email from Paul down in Australia (yes, Australia). Apparently the first World Masters Games was held in Toronto. So, what are the World Master Games? It’s for those ‘a bit older’ (‘To compete at the Sydney 2009 World Masters Games people need only satisfy their sport’s minimum age criterion, which is as low as 25 for diving and swimming and does not rise above 35 for any of the 28 sports.‘) And, you’ve got to be some sort of amazing athlete right? Not quite: ‘Anyone who meets the minimum age criterion for their sport can compete in the Sydney 2009 World Masters Games. Many sports competitions will be graded so as to provide competitors with the choice of participating seriously or socially.‘. Like the Olympics, it’s held every four years. In fact, many retired Olympic and professional athletes participate in the World Masters Games. So, sportaholiks, this could be something of interest to all of you. Paul put together these great videos from the Sydney 2009 World Masters Games. Enjoy:



Pumped? Check out the International Masters Games Association Web site and the Sydney 2009 World Masters Games Web site for more information.

Best Goalie Masks in History

Saturday, October 31st, 2009

Hockey goalie masks have changed dramatically over time. Fifty years ago tomorrow was when the first goalie mask was worn in the NHL. It was Jacques Plante of the Montreal Canadiens, after taking yet another bruising puck to the head. Red Fisher describes that night:

“What happened was that 3:06 into the game, Plante had been struck in the face by a short shot from Rangers right-winger Andy Bathgate, opening a deep, seven-stitch cut running from the corner of the goaltender’s lips through his nostril. Then, after a delay of 21 minutes, he returned to the ice wearing a full-face mask – the first goaltender in NHL history to do so.”

To me the best goalie masks are still the ones from the older days. Most had scarier looks and more simple paint jobs. Flipping through the retro goalie masks shown on hockeymasks.com (where, yes, you can order your own replicas!) and found some great ones. Clicking the link will take you to an image of the mask.

Top favourites:

Other notable goalie masks:

Mostly simple white masks, but still awesome:

The masks of today totally don’t compare to those above, in my opinion. Obviously goalie mask design had to change to keep up with harder shots and better sticks – for safety reasons. Unfortunately that took away from some of the sinister look and uniqueness of goalie masks being worn.

Below is the Jacques Plante story, as retold in a Canadian Heritage moment. He had to stand up to coach Toe Blake who wanted no part of him wearing a goalie mask due to reduced visibility.


Some interesting information on the history of the goalie mask, as told by a goalie mask historian.


Hockey Star in the Making?

Friday, October 16th, 2009

The Hockey season has just begun and so have the highlight reel goals. Here’s one from the Boston Bruins “TD Bank Mini 1-on-1” competition. One more thing, he’s 9 years old:

Ultimate Sportaholiks?

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

Stephane Dion’s Ball Hockey Skills Could Use Some Work

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

Via Stephen Taylor, Stephane Dion shows off his, ummm, ball hockey skills below in this classic YouTube capture. We’re not taking political sides here at sportaholik.com, but you must admit Dion could use a bit of help with his game. It’s not exactly the best image you want to portray when you’re running for Prime Minister. I counted 12 shots, 0 goals. Anyone know where he can find some buddies to practice with? I wonder if Stephane Dion’s display of ball hockey prowess will make it into Stephen Harper’s upcoming hockey book?



Bike Stolen in Toronto? You’re Not The Only One

Thursday, July 10th, 2008

Awesomenisity writesSo my bike got stolen last week and I was devastated. I loved my bike. It got me through some hard times and great times were always had. Here’s the vid:




Watch for a whack of biking links coming soon to the sportaholik.com blog.

Soccer in Toronto: Play it Anywhere!

Monday, May 26th, 2008

That’s right. Some in Toronto can’t get enough of the game of soccer that they’re playing it anywhere they can… Even when commuting on the subway. This isn’t quite what we had in mind when we gave you the option to search for ‘transit accessible‘ games, but…



Does it give you the urge to play soccer? Find a Toronto soccer game near you!

Toronto Dodgeball: Evasion vs. Ninjas

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

I saw this well put together Toronto dodgeball video in my RSS feed reader today. It nicely captures the fun of playing co-ed dodgeball. ‘Scared but confident’ is uttered by a member one team, followed by the dawning of the shades (not sure if that’s recommend Dodgeball gear or not – my guess would be not). Follow the high-paced action of dodgeball taking place in a Toronto gym. Apparently a no-show teammate was ‘scared’ not ‘sick’. This is one excuse for the teams defeat, apparently. One solution could have been to scoop up a Toronto dodgeball sub from sportaholik.com.




Look like fun? We’ve got a list of Toronto dodgeball leagues that may be worth checking out. There are some interesting reviews for you to help you make your decision. Maybe you want to play right away, and not wait for leagues to start up again. Posting a player profile is a good place to start. Enjoy!