CFL Beat: Week 16

As some of you already know, the previous week was a tough one for me. The Ottawa area got hit hard on Friday night with multiple tornadoes causing millions of dollars of damage and destruction to homes across the city, and I was without power for 52 hours over the

Your “We Sweat And Laugh And Scream Here” Tuesday Evening Open Thread

NFL News: Le'Veon isn't "officially" on the trading block, but at least the Jets have called about his rights. The Steelers can rescind his franchise tag & trade him, but would need something valuable in return, since they'd only qualify for a third-round compensatory pick that they'd immediately lose because

AFL Beat 2018 Finals Week 3

Boys and girls, I'm not going to lie to you.  There are certain times that, despite all the bullshit and all the stupidity and greed that is prevalent in sports, a magical moment happens that reminds you of why you watch sports in the first place.  This weekend, that moment

CFL Beat: Week 15

As we enter into the final third of the regular season, things are starting to take shape more firmly throughout the league. In the East, Ottawa and Hamilton are thoroughly in playoff, while Calgary is a lock in the West. Elsewhere, Saskatchewan and Edmonton duke it out for the second

AFL Beat 2018 Finals Week 2

This week,  we will have an abbreviated AFL Beat as real life got in the way. TO THE GAMES! Welcome to Balls of Steel's AFL Beat! The Semi-finals started with the surprising Melbourne Demons taking on the Hawthorn Hawks at the MCG. The Demons had not been this far in finals in 17

CFL Beat: Week 14

By Saturday's end, we'll be officially through two-thirds of the 2018 CFL regular season. Playoff pictures remain far from settled, obviously, but with seven weeks remaining, it's quite possible that we'll once again see the Playoff Crossover rule applied once again due to the lack of talent in the East

AFL Beat 2018 Finals Week 1

This week, And Dustin Martin is good. Welcome to Balls of Steel's AFL Beat! The First Qualifying Final started things off with #1 Richmond hosting #4 Hawthorn at the MCG. Now, prior to the game,  the big question was whether Hawthorn was BACK and if Richmond was up for the challenge of defending