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Commodity trading isn’t a difficult concept to understand but it has a level of prediction that encompasses so many variables you wonder how they ever negotiate a price for orange juice, wheat, oil or corn three months ahead of time. In 1864 the world’s first futures exchange in Chicago was set up, merchants were attempting to ensure that there were always buyers and sellers for commodities, thereby gaining a better idea of what they should dig for, grow or refine.  It wasn’t about setting price so much as was and ...

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Being separated, during the outdoor game, from my perch atop the game as the Marlies’ broadcaster gave me ample time to use my eyes to see the part of the game that I think all fans want to touch. The side of the game that is…human. These are my observations as I drank in the excitement of the day and days leading up to it..

The Coats. A few days before the game Henning Aagard–Svendson told me to come visit him after practice. Lending on ...

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The world over, business schools espouse ideas about how to effectively manage corporate governance. At Harvard where Veritas (truth) is the motto, they thought up case studies as a way to expand the minds of students. Closer to home, Schulich School of Business balances a quantitative approach with management skills. Rotman at U of T leaves business out the title and goes with simply management as their selling point. Whatever eager MBA hopefuls hope to gain they should also study the style of the Stuart Percy School.

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Recently I had what seemed like a pretty funny idea. The Marlies were in Texas and I had Drew MacIntyre, on camera, talk about some interesting and obscure facts about Texas (there are a good number of them, like the ranch that is as big as Rhode Island) and I was going to have the rest of the team simply say ‘Texas is really big.” It was a bit of nod to the idea that we seldom know much about the places we visit but it also landed ...

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Scientific theory isn’t likely what you think it is. We’ve become so used to detective shows offering us crime theories that we forget what the word means to the people who use it accurately.  It is akin to the word moron, which was a medical designation that quite quickly became derogatory slang. Real theories aren’t just some notion or gut feeling. Science theory explains things like gravity, relativity, motion, evolution. It carries the credentials of what we know so far about something is the accepted truth until, and this is ...

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Rod Serling is likely never going to be remembered in the world of writers like F. Scott Fitzgerald or Ernest Hemingway but it is likely you’ll recall his work more than you will the other two. Serling’s words still bring about half raised eyebrows and narrow looks. “You’re entering another dimension. A dimension not only of sight and sound but also of mind; a journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of the imagination. At the sign post up ahead, your next stop, the Twilight Zone.”

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In commemoration news, a splinter news category if ever there was one, the Los Angeles aqueduct turned a hundred years old this year. This piece of remarkable engineering moved water over the desert to the folks in L.A., who turned an outpost into one of America’s most incredible cities. Moving resources around to create strength and viability is a precarious game. It likely means you are also weakening the place you are moving that abundance from.

“I didn’t see a problem with it. You take the pass on your backhand. Not ...

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When the Panama Canal was finished in 1914 it was never even a thought that one day it wouldn’t be big enough. Although everyone knew the laws of displacement quite well, no one could foresee that one day ships would be so big that, as the Canal neared the million ship mark, they would have to make it wider.  And now there is word that a company out of China wants to make another bigger canal just up the road in Nicaragua. Is bigger always the answer?

 

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The Marlies turned ten on Tuesday night in Utica. Ten is a terrific time to look at accomplishments. There isn’t any need to write a memoir with that many games in the history books but it’s a nice number to draw some thoughts out about this team and why it is having some success.

“We need to get those dirty areas of the ice and play a simple game, we can’t play too complicated. When we do that we fail.” If you tune in regularly to the website or the broadcasts, ...

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When Bat Masterson, the frontiersman, (and former sports columnist of the New York Morning Telegraph) roamed the American West he wrote many stories and columns and coined a few turns of phrase. One of the terms he used was gunfighter or gunslinger. Masterson was one and soon after it became common knowledge that these folks had to be quick on the draw. With a 50% failure (complete failure) on every draw, it meant that the job didn’t last long and that success followed young hands or experienced eyes.

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Every year in the middle of winter, hundreds of skates clatter across the frozen surface of a Haliburton lake, playing in the Canadian Pond Hockey Championship. Rec players, Women’s teams, and Masters come together to celebrate their love of the game at the most basic level. The competitive division is what you might expect by the time it gets to the final, four on four, battle for the Maple Cup. Intense. Here is fair warning to anyone who plans to contend for that trophy many years from now; The Carrick ...

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Two more interesting distinctions in learning, come to mind every day, every year and every practice in the American Hockey League. When we are good at something and we like to do it, we become better at it. Makes sense right? You’ve likely learned a whole lot of things in your life this way from eating to text messaging to your job. In hockey, the majority of players who have come this far have done so because they like the game, they are good at it and they ...

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There is a moment in your life, and it happens pretty early, when you have a birthday but for some reason your party is held another day that is more convenient. That is like winning player of the week. Plenty of people congratulate you at the time but, the official stuff? The presents? They come later.  So it will be with T.J. Brennan, CCM/AHL Player of the Week for the opening frame of the season. The AHL will provide the hardware that goes with the award at a later game.

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The term ‘farm’ team has always been a tough one for me to accept. I understand the colloquial nature of it but with the results of farming being, for the most part, getting eaten up I didn’t see the positive outcome.

The Leafs developmental squad takes the ice this weekend for the first time and instead of easing into the schedule, with a good number of young players, first year Head Coach Steve Spott will face a team that won the Calder Cup last season. If you follow life on the ...

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Not to get all Walter White after the fact but; it is all about chemistry. Good teams have fallen apart because of one player. Coaches spend as much time on chemistry as they do on line combinations trying to make sure everyone is in the circle and if someone is on the outside of it, that they don’t pull anyone else out their way. That almost leans into physics and gravity. No wonder they teach this stuff to school kids.

 

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