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There’s no need to dramatize a non-event: This is the final post on Getting Blanked.

Those who’ve paid close attention likely noticed a change in the way things operated here last summer. Rather than covering all items and cranking out multiple posts a day, GB featured fewer articles and less “news.”

We’ve launched a brand new  that we’re all really excited about. The very same content you saw here for the past 10 months continues without missing a beat – a morning post and another feature later in the day, with Jack Moore providing two posts a week. theScore’s crack news team will also crank out the breaking alerts and funny/silly stuff you need.

That’s it. We’re consolidating our power and updating our look. NOTHING CHANGES but the URL.

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As some of you may be aware, I recently started a new gig here at theScore that sees me write/talk about the NBA as a whole on a full-time basis, so while I won’t be able to provide RaptorBlog posts and general Raptors commentary with nearly the same regularity, I hope you’ll continue to read/listen along with me this season (You can read my season preview here and my predictions here).

As for the Raptors, what I’m going to try to do is take some time every weekend to post my wide ranging thoughts on the week that was in Raps Land, in a similar fashion to how I usually wrote my “Thoughts On the Game” posts. Again, I’m hoping you’ll stop by on weekends to get the little bit of Raptors ranting I’m still able to do on a regular basis.

Other than, most of my Raptors thoughts and observations can be found through twitter, where I’m prone to my fair share of passionate Raps-related tirades.

As for the coming season, I’m predicting a 40-42 season for Toronto that results in a No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference, though if Cathal Kelly’s Toronto Star report proves correct, Masai Ujiri and MLSE may blow things up before such a mediocre finish is allowed to fully take rot.

For what it’s worth, Kelly’s source indicates a 45-day deadline for the Raptors, which would take us to December 13. The Raps play Philadelphia in the 21st game of the season that night, and I’ve got them as a 10-11 (7-14 worst case scenario, 12-9 best case scenario) team at that point, so the question is really what will Ujiri find acceptable to continue with, and what’s his line in the sand of ‘we can’t go on like this’?

I also feel like with the Honeymoon period that exists between Raptors fans and Ujiri, he wouldn’t have lost any support had he decided to blow things up as soon as he got here to put this team in a better position to properly take a strategic step backwards this season, so I don’t quite understand the point of now reportedly setting a hard deadline on whether to tank or not if that’s they’ve wanted all along.

In any event, a Raptors season opener wouldn’t feel quite right without at least a little drama (last year it was DeRozan’s extension), so let’s get this intriguing season of questions under way, shall we?

I know Stripes and Drake are ready…are you?

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There’s a good chance you noticed a change in the way things operated at Backhand Shelf this year. Well, there’s a reason for that: Backhand Shelf, along with the other theScore blogs, have been closing up shop to unite as one sports superpower that’ll compile more news and create better stories for you.

As such, Backhand Shelf is closing its doors. However, the work you found here is going to continue on under a different URL, so y’know, exhale and all that.

On one hand, it’s a bit of a sad day: we’re almost through Backhand Shelf’s third season, and the support for it has been wonderful. I’m really proud that we built a relevant sports blog within the hockey community. I’m appreciative that the comment section was remarkably thoughtful and generally kind, and I’m proud of a lot of the work I did.

On the other hand, nothing is really changing. I’m still going to be writing with the same frequency, only the work will once again be surrounded by news so you’ll once again have incentive to visit directly, instead of just when I tweet things out (though you can still follow me on Twitter for links here). Also, with playoffs just under way, the timing is just about perfect. Our plan of being able to ensure that you don’t miss a single bit of news, but also get quality analysis and opinion is finally coming together.

So, without much more ado, thank you. Sincerely. Thanks for the support, the kind words, the feedback, and for reading in general. (I’m very grateful to have been given the opportunity to make it a good site in the first place, so a big thank you to theScore as well.)

I really hope you like what we’ve created next. I truly think it’ll become a must-read site for hockey fans. Enjoy!


Justin Bourne’s new columns (bookmark)   |   theScore’s new site   |   theScore’s new NHL home

Frans Nielsen

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The only thing worse than figuring out how to start a goodbye post is settling on something poetic, and filled with more cornball sauce than one can possibly tolerate. And even worse than that is writing about how to write your goodbye post as you’re writing it.

Thankfully, this isn’t a goodbye post. Phew.

It’s a public service announcement of sorts because it’s moving day around here. In the larger, broad Internet sense, I’m not going anywhere. I just won’t be here specifically, with all content moving over to our fancy new author pages, which is where you’ll also be able to find Alen Dumonjic‘s tape guru work.

You’ve likely noticed that since last summer the format here has changed, and we’ve gone from being news-based and pumping out bundles of quick-hitting posts daily, to instead focusing on more in-depth work, taking the time to explore ideas and concepts surrounding the game of football. The reaction to news hasn’t at all gone away, but now there’s time to be more nuanced.

Officially this is the final post for 100 Yards and Running (previously Goal-Line Stand), and the last time you’ll see new content under the banner above, with all the old content that’s given you smiles and me sweats archived and staying here. Also officially: that same content will be available in a fresh, shiny, and new location.

So come on over. Draft season is heating up now, and the 2014 NFL schedule will be announced tonight. Before you know it late July will be here, with training camps opening and a glorious new NFL season upon us. The league calendar will keep flipping away, I’ll keep writing, and you’ll keep reading.


Thanks so much for reading Fanatico. To find new writing from Dustin Parkes, please visit his author page at

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Hello gang. First, a thank you to the readers who have stayed with us for the last few years as we’ve morphed from the Footy Blog to Counter Attack. Many of you have been here since the beginning, when Joe Ross provided news links every morning. You’ve stayed through personnel changes, name changes, podcast changes, and several years’ worth of quizzes.

Today, we’re changing again. This particular site is officially retired, but theScore’s footy coverage is just ramping up. All the great things you’ve come to expect from Counter Attack and in general will continue at,,,,, and

If you just want to read me (which essentially means reading the blog) please bookmark You can also bookmark your other favourite score contributors by changing the last name in the address bar. And if you have any questions, please feel free to hit me up here in the comments.

Please bookmark it all! All the stuff that appeared here daily will be there, along with our other regular contributors.

It’s been a blast, see you at the other place!


For the first time ever in a UFC video game, EA Sports’ upcoming UFC title will feature playable female characters, headlined by UFC Women’s Bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and top bantamweight contender Miesha Tate.

“This is a great moment for videogames and for Mixed Martial Arts,” said Dean Richards, General Manager, EA SPORTS UFC. “In our commitment to delivering the most realistic fighting experience ever achieved, we wanted to represent the full spectrum of talent and diversity of all the fighters in the sport, including women who have become an undeniable force to be reckoned with.”

Programming note: Fin.


I’m not one for long goodbyes, but as previously mentioned in our last show, TBJ and theScore are going in separate directions, meaning this post marks the end of our tenure here.

Thank you to theScore for the opportunity to make something that shows just how much fun the NBA can be. And thank you most of all to anyone who’s listened, watched, read, commented, emailed or in any other way been even a small part of TBJ over the past three years. It has been awesome.

Please follow all of our Twitter accounts to see what the future holds. We’re very excited for our next step, you will be too and the season starts soon, so don’t worry too much.

Bye for now.