We need sport in 2023

We need sport in 2023

We still have a hundred years to get a picture of what’s to come in 2023.

The next year will be difficult. Very difficult for the ordinary worker or for the state pensioner. Inflation will remain murderous, energy prices will continue to rise. The government will hold you responsible for spending electricity in your own home and they will mortgage you to buy a cauliflower.

And no one will tell you that inflation is not rising prices, it’s the value of your money falling. Cauliflower is the same cauliflower. It is the piaster that is less good.

So get ready to tear it up. As always, it is workers who will suffer in companies. There will be downsizing and service cuts. It’s inevitable.


It’s happened before. A hundred years ago, the world was just recovering from the Great War and the Spanish flu. During these extremely trying times, Babe Ruth hit 60 home runs and baseball grew into a big industry. At the same time, the cinema became talkative and people, amazed by difficulties, rushed to the stadium and cinemas.

In 1929 the world experienced the Great Depression. What have we turned to for our spiritual survival? baseball, aspiring football and boxing. Jack Dempsey made America dream.

After World War II we had to get up again and rebuild Germany and Japan. These were the Rocky Marciano years of the Super Yankees, Dodgers, Canadiens and Maple Leafs in Canada and the arrival of Pelé in Brazil.

It was the Elvis years that allowed the United States to export rock culture around the world.

In 1980 we were driving in California and saw the signs along the highways: Fight Khomeini, Drive 55. At the same time, the USSR was holding the Olympic Games in Moscow and was going through a terrible war in Afghanistan. But they had lost in hockey a few months earlier in Lake Placid with the Miracle On Ice.

Did people realize that with the fall of Communism and the Soviet Union, behind sport lay the greatest upheaval of the 20th century?



Rewrite your whole story: Every time the economy has collapsed, sport (and entertainment) has served as the opium to appease people. The most impressive example is relatively new in a society’s long journey.

Remember September 11, 2001. The twin towers of the World Trade Center. The thousands of dead and the traumatic shock that America has endured. What did President George Bush say? “Go shopping again and cheer on your favorite teams. »

The Yankees, Giants, Rangers, Islanders, Knicks, Jets and others resumed their routines while the dust still whitened downtown and Manhattan.

And the Monza Grand Prix took place in Italy as planned.

And there Russia and Ukraine are shedding blood. The euro is undergoing a hideous devaluation, German and French households are at 19 degrees, everyone knows that Qatar treats homosexuals badly and sells its petrol even more expensive, profiting from the war…

And who were the months of November and December dedicated to? Looking forward to the World Cup in Qatar.

So if it rains in 2023 and the bills crush you, we should be able to count on the Canadian. And on CF Montreal. Maybe the Alouettes if we can sell them. And Arslanbek Makhmudov and Christian MBilli.

With a good drama series on TVA, a double cast where everyone will be nice and sweet, and a win, I hope, for Kim Clavel on January 13th.

We will all need it.

In WBC honors

The WBC may not be the best international boxing federation, but it is certainly the most effective in its communication and marketing.

The way she announced her nominations for the various honors of 2022 is enough to make twins blush with embarrassment.

And as we go through these lists of nominees, we’re impressed to see so many Quebecers shining on the international stage. In an area where competition is so fierce.

With that, the fight between Kim Clavel and Yesenia Gomez is nominated for fight of the year in the women’s category. The competition is untouchable as Kim fights the duel between Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano at Madison Square Garden and between Clarissa Shields and Savannah Marshall in London. In both cases, 20,000 people witnessed the fighting.

My pick, the Clarissa Shields-Marshall fight. Stephane Larouche favors Katie Taylor-Amanda Serrano. He may be right. I also. But we will agree to point out that the two took women’s boxing to the big leagues.


We find Mary Spencer in the list of knockouts of the year. The one against Cynthia Lozano. Unfortunately, David Lemieux, who already won the award with his KO of Curtis Stevens, finds himself among the casualties of the KO of David Benavidez.

Among the coaches, grouped into a men’s and women’s list, Marc Ramsay appears to be the favourite. But Danielle Bouchard, Kim Clavel’s coach, is in the group of nominees. In both cases we are talking about several decades of work and passion.

The WBC did not publish the list of idiots. But it was Shawn Porter who won the best-dressed boxer title. Among journalists and bloggers, my nominees include Laurent Poulin and Manny Montreal. Sweatpants are out of competition.

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