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No way, Jose: Bautista entering the Home Run Derby is a bad idea.

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What does Jose Bautista stand to gain from entering the 2012 Major League Baseball Home Run Derby?

Bautista, the leader of a floundering Blue Jays squad that is fighting to keep its head above water after a rash of injuries to its pitching rotation, has nothing to prove. And if last year is any indication, he could be in for a significant drop-off in his power numbers post All-Star Break.

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The 5 stages of classic rock fandom

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So, you’re a teenager and you’ve just discovered “classic rock”? It can all be very tricky to wade through, so let this piece be your handy guide on what to expect.

Stage 1

  • AC/DC rules!
  • Zeppelin rules!
  • Collect fake vintage band t-shirts
  • Grow your hair to show how different you are from everyone else in your high school
  • Devour Rolling Stones singles, convince yourself that “Wild Horses” is the world’s greatest song
  • Start to believe that “The Joker” is criminally underrated

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Hear the new Joel Plaskett album, Scrappy Happiness

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Canadian pop-rock songster Joel Plaskett is back with his band, The Emergency, for a new record.

 Every once in a while, a new album gets me really excited about music again. And any time Joel Plaskett releases something, that’s the case.

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TFC: a chance to prove it’s changed

Danny Koevermans

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The early days of Toronto FC were easy for local soccer fans to get excited about.

A new team, respectably-named, playing in a sparkling new urban soccer stadium and an instant supporter culture of diehard fans. There was an unbridled optimism around the team in those early days.

Five losing seasons later, Toronto FC’s existence can be summed up as wasted opportunity.
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What’s wrong with Nikolai Kulemin?

Nikolai Kulemin

Over the past few season, Nikolai Kulemin has been among the most consistent Leafs forwards. But through 28 games of the 2011-12 campaign, he’s been among their most disappointing.

Kulemin was held pointless in the Leafs’ 3-2 loss to the New Jersey Devils on Dec. 6, extending his goalless drought to a career-high 20 games. After showing steady improvement over his first two seasons in the league, Kulemin’s production has dropped off the map. Why?
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Milanovich hired; 5 CFL stars who played in the XFL


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Scott Milanovich is the new head coach of the Toronto Argonauts. He’s also the answer to an extremely obscure sports trivia question.

In 2001, Milanovich, now 38, was the first ever pick in the only XFL Draft. He didn’t end up playing much, stuck behind Tommy Maddox on the team’s depth chart. Maddox went on to a moderately successful second try at the NFL, while Milanovich finished his playing career in the CFL, backing up for Calgary in 2003 under Jim Barker.

Huge XFL fan

The two leagues are weirdly linked. Vince McMahon actually started the XFL after being rebuffed in his attempt to buy the CFL — yes, the entire league. God knows how that would have turned out. Likely something like this.

Today, McMahon’s much-maligned experiment is remembered for a few things: wacky rules, stupid cross-promotion with WWE, the Madden-style flying camera, and players being allowed to customize their names on their jerseys (“He Hate Me.”)  The league tried to legitimize itself by the end of its first-and-last season, but by then, nobody was watching and the damage was more than done.

Playing a schedule that kicked off in February 2001, the league attracted some CFL players. A number of other players moved on to the Canadian game after the XFL folded. Let’s take a look at five players who have found the most success in both leagues.
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Review: Peep World (2010)

I had never heard of Peep World before it popped up on the “Newly Added” section of the free OnDemand channel. But the description did list it as a comedy starring Michael C. Hall and Sarah Silverman, so I gave it a shot.

And though there are a few funny moments, the deliberately-uncomfortable screenplay mostly misses its mark, failing to elicit sympathy for any of its characters.
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