Friday, January 26, 2007

Blogging with Gare Joyce

A new blog for the blogroll — and this one's a biggy. Former Globe and Mail columnist, current ESPN sportswriter and author extraordinaire Gare Joyce has jumped into the blogosphere with his new site, 100 games a season: Gare Joyce's puck blog.

He's only six days into his hockey blogging journey, but already the results have been rather interesting — take, for example, his thoughts on Wednesday's all-star game: "Sidney Crosby & the All-Star Game: Both Pointless."

That about sums it up, no?

It's all rather stream-of-consciousness at this point, and not really at all like the at-a-distance sermonizing you often see when mainstream-media types take up the medium. One thing I can say for sure is that it doesn't quite read like any other hockey blog out there, as evidenced by this bit of wisdom from earlier this week:
European pro league games are like European art-house films. If you can say that you've seen them, you might get points for a broad world view--but you wonder if it was really worth it.
Joyce was in Sweden for the world junior tournament earlier this month as part of promotions for his latest book, When the Lights Went Out, and some of his best entries hit on the prospects he saw playing over there. (I've just started reading the book, by the way, and it's a rather fascinating portrait from the 1987 tournament that went wrong in Czechoslovakia.)

He's also got another tome in the works about the 2007 NHL entry draft, which, to me, sounds like a terrific subject for a full-length book — even if this year's crop of draftees is short on the Crosby/Ovechkin types. The number of untold draft-day stories always leaves me a little wanting every summer.

In any event, the blog get a big Mirtle thumbs up so far. Feel free to welcome him to the blogosphere.



At 12:30 p.m., January 26, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting articla on Sabres and their scouting staff: The slant that was given at the time of the Sabre firings, if I recall correctly, is that they would have more emphasis on pro scouting due to the cap and this could be effectively done via video. Made me laugh then and makes me laugh now. Wondered how Luce wound up with PHilly though.

At 3:57 a.m., February 01, 2007, Anonymous Misha said...

James, just a small correction, that tournament back in 1987 was played in former Czechoslovakia (Czech republic is wrong specially because Piestany is located in Slovakia :)

At 9:30 a.m., April 10, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gare Joyce is a piece of trash, and doesn't deserve the career he has. The way he wrote about my city was nothing more than lies and done so in very poor taste. He had it in his head that he was going to write a tastless story with zero understanding of anything and that's what he did. Loser!


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