Practicing At Double-Double Speed

When the Argos play Hamilton at Tim Hortons Field on Monday, they’re hoping safety Matt Black will be the Timbit to the Argos’ defensive donut: something that can fill the empty middle.
Black, #39 shown below in practice Thursday running blocking drills with his younger brother Eric, returns to the defensive lineup following a two-month stint on the sidelines due to a broken arm.
But the Argos lineup, like the new stadium which will host the Labour Day Classic game Monday, will be far from 100 per cent.
Chad Owens will be sidelined with a leg injury after a one-game return last week, and running back Andre Durie may sit out as well. Quarterback Ricky Ray, below, will lead the Boatmen with the play calling duties.
One thing for sure, though. This year’s battle between East Conference rivals will be neither old-fashioned nor plain.
Both squads are looking to halt their own losing skids: the Argos want to win and be the sprinkle on top of the East standings, while the Tiger-Cats hope to win and avoid in the standings what sugar does in an unstirred coffee: sink to the bottom.
McMaster University graduate Mike Bradwell, below, watches from the sidelines…
…while teammate Aston Whiteside shouts either encouragement or razzing at players, below.
Linebacker Shane Horton shows off a little muscle during stretching exercises.


An Ode To Steve McCurry

An Ode To Steve McCurry and his blog.

Images by Mike Campbell.

It may be fleeting or may linger.
It may be done to show love, or just respect.
But the need for human touch is universal.
Without it, we lose both our literal and figurative connection with each other.


Brampton, Ontario, Canada

“A woman should never have a need to fear the man who holds her in his arms;
neither his hands that touches her.”

― Ellen J. Barrier


Toronto, Ontario, Canada

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word,
a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring,
all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”

― Leo Buscaglia


Caledon, Ontario, Canada

“This is what it means to be loved…
when someone wants to touch you, to be tender…”

― Banana Yoshimoto, The Lake


Brampton, Ontario, Canada

“I felt that if he touched me, I’d die.
And then the thought crawled into my brain that if he didn’t touch me, I’d die.”

― Kitty Thomas, The Auction


Toronto, Ontario, Canada

“Il ne faut pas toucher aux idoles:
la dorure en reste aux mains.”

― Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary


Toronto, Ontario, Canada

“Long you live and high you’ll fly
and smiles you’ll give and tears you’ll cry
and all you touch and all you see
is all your life will ever be.”

― Pink Floyd, Dark Side of the Moon


Toronto, Ontario, Canada

“Often the hands will solve a mystery
that the intellect has struggled with in vain.”

― Carl Jung


Brampton, Ontario, Canada

“Touch has a memory”
― John Keats