The Way It Looks from Here

Paperback $14.50

Nov 01, 2005 | 448 Pages

Ebook $11.99

Jun 11, 2010

  • Paperback $14.50

    Nov 01, 2005 | 448 Pages

  • Ebook $11.99

    Jun 11, 2010

Praise

“What drives a Bobby Orr to push along on wrecked knees? How was Wayne Gretzky able to see patterns opening up on a rush before they did? Why did Tim Raines risk all his potential on cocaine? Not all of the answers are to be found in this eclectic and intentionally quirky collection of exceptional Canadian sports reportage, but the questions are posed frankly and with no ulterior motive beyond sincere curiosity.” Ottawa Citizen

“The way it looks from here is pretty darn good. With Mordecai Richler writing on former world snooker champion Cliff Thorburn of Victoria, Peter Gzowski on Gretzky, Ken Dryden on saving hockey and Stephen Brunt on the still unforgiven Ben Johnson, how can it not be?… These varied and mostly well-chosen pieces reflect [the Canadian] understated yet sometimes surprisingly feisty national sporting character.” The Times-Colonist 

“[Brunt] has assembled an eclectic and intentionally quirky collection of exceptional Canadian sports reportage…. As a whole, [the selections] explore what it is about sports that captivates so many of us…. Questions are posed frankly and with no ulterior motive beyond sincere curiosity.” The Gazette

“Skillfully selected.… Sure to take readers back to a more innocent time–when Wayne Gretzky was the world’s greatest hockey player, not a Hockey Canada executive, Ben Johnson was the world’s fastest human, not a drug cheat, and the Montreal Expos and Toronto Blue Jays were at the top of the baseball world and had more than a few thousand fans in the stands per game to witness it.” Winnipeg Free Press


Table Of Contents

Introduction

Baseball
Raines Beats $1000-a-Week Habit, Michael Farber — The Gazette (Montreal)
Carter’s No Ordinary Joe after Series-Winning Blast, Dave Perkins — Toronto Star, deadline writing
Walker Worthy Target for Jays, Milt Dunnell — Toronto Star, deadline writing
August 7, 1921, Steven Hayward — From Buddha Stevens and Other Stories, fiction

Basketball
White Rules, Gare Joyce — Saturday Night

Boxing
Part of the Game, Allen Abel — The Globe and Mail, deadline writing
Discord Works in Tyson’s Favour, Milt Dunnell — Toronto Star, deadline writing
Boxing the Greatest at Ali’s Farm, Stephen Brunt — The Globe and Mail
Going the Distance from Reality, Chris Jones — National Post
The Trouble with Tyson, Stephen Brunt — The Globe and Mail

Curling
Merv Curls Lead, Guy Lawson — Saturday Night

Football
Destiny Finally Arrives for Long-Suffering Franchise, Allan Maki — Calgary Herald, deadline writing
Garry Sawatzky: Uncaged Lion, Jim Taylor — Sports Only
Out of Africa, Jack Todd — The Gazette (Montreal)

Golf
Rough Stuff in the Rain, Cam Cole — National Post, deadline writing
Issue Black and White, but Green Sees Only the Colour of Money, Trent Frayne — The Globe and Mail, deadline writing
Weir Wins in Canadian Style, Cam Cole — National Post, deadline writing

Hockey
Lemieux, Gretzky Team for Winner: Oh, Canada!, Red Fisher — The Gazette (Montreal), deadline writing
Pat Burns Goes Home, Michael Farber — The Gazette (Montreal)
Real-Life Slap Shot, Tom Hawthorn — Toronto Life
Mogilny, Iain MacIntyre — The Vancouver Sun
The Montreal Canadiens, Wayne Johnston — From Original Six: True Stories from Hockey’s Classic Era, fiction
The WHA Revisited, Ed Willes — Ottawa Citizen
Curtis’s Charm, Mike Ulmer — Saturday Night
The Best in the World, Peter Gzowski — Maclean’s
Still Scrapping After All These Years, Dave Feschuk — National Post
A Win When It Counts, Christie Blatchford — National Post, deadline writing
Gretzky’s Gang Beats U.S. 5–2 — and Keeps the Faith for a Desperate Nation, Rosie DiManno — Toronto Star, deadline writing
Saving the Game, Ken Dryden — The Globe and Mail
Orr’s Left Knee Gone for Good, Damien Cox — Toronto Star
Goaltender Suite (iii) “One of You”; Things in Our Day; Desperate Moves, Randall Maggs — From The Sawchuk Poems, unpublished

Horse Racing
The Flood, Jim Coleman — Toronto Telegram
Front Page Girl, Archie McDonald — The Vancouver Sun
Racing’s Other Plate, Beverley Smith — The Globe and Mail
A Stud Is Born, Ian Brown — The Globe and Mail
Silent Cruise, Timothy Taylor — From Silent Cruise: Stories, fiction

Monster Trucks
Return of the Battle of the Monster Trucks, Tom Hawthorn — This Magazine

Pool
Mr. Iceberg, Stan Dragland — From Stormy Weather: Foursomes, unpublished

Snooker
• From On Snooker: The Game and the Characters Who Play It, Mordecai Richler

Squash
Court Jester, Bruce Grierson — Saturday Night

Swimming
Olympic Pressure Takes Personal Toll, James Christie — The Globe and Mail

Track
World’s Fastest Man Even Faster, James Christie — The Globe and Mail, deadline writing
Simply the Best, Steve Simmons — The Toronto Sun
Unforgiven, Stephen Brunt — Toronto Life

Wrestling
The Widow’s Revenge, Brian Hutchinson — Saturday Night

Acknowledgments
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