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Canada's Rebecca Marino reacts during aRebecca Marino’s decision to walk away from professional tennis has been greeted with wide spread praise. As it should be. The 22-year-old Vancouver native was on pace to become Canada’s next star, joining Milos Raonic in creating an unprecedented Canadian youth movement. Sitting down with the New York Times’s Ben Rothenberg for an interview earlier this week, Marino explained how her sudden rise to fame – she rose form number 192 to 38 in one year – came with its pitfalls, namely, exposure to the internet jackals who live to troll.

Things were being written about me, and I’m quite sensitive about that. And I’m quite nosy, so I’ll look it up. And then I’ll realize I shouldn’t have looked it up.

More importantly, Marino had been dealing with depression for six years. She took a break from the game, returning in September of last year after feeling restless away from the court. Her comeback lasted only a few months. Read the rest of this entry »


If we are to be judged, it’s likely best that we’re judged by the decisions that we make. However, some people’s decisions, and the process by which they make them, are a little more accessible than others. So, it makes sense that the decisions that these unfortunate people make receive a greater amount of scrutiny than what is typical.

The Toronto Maple Leafs fired General Manager Brian Burke this past week, and while the termination likely has to do with factors beyond the decisions that the head of the team made during his tenure in charge, such matters were only hinted at during a press conference on Saturday afternoon at the Air Canada Centre. There was a moment during the question and answer period though where it appeared as though Burke’s manicured and restrained response to his dismissal might break down. It came on a question from Paul Hendrick of Leafs TV. He asked, “How disappointing is it that you’re not going to be able to stay here and finish the job.”

Burke started with a stock answer, “Well, I think. I think you can make the case …” He paused. Looked away. Looked back at the reporter. “I think I can make the case that ….” Pause. He looked down. Silence. It promised to be a President Bartlett moment, but then, gathered and collected, he resumed, “I think that’s a case that I’ll let the media make.”

There was little doubt that in this moment, Burke’s honesty was being kept in check by either a sense of honor or desire to find another job. Both motivators would play a role in causing one to carefully consider one’s actions. He decided on the restrained approach. Moments later, Burke’s path along the high road took a slight detour.

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