A Brown Man in Vancouver

Mar 12

New Mexico State’s Sim Bhullar Named WAC Freshman of the Year

Sim Bhullar first came to the attention of the general basketball public as a 7’5” (with a size 22 feet and a 7’11” wingspan) monster in the middle, for Canada’s U-19 FIBA Championship squad in 2010. Although he didn’t play much, the few minutes that he did earn left quite an impression. He played 17 minutes in a loss to the loaded US squad, but put up strong numbers: 14 points, and 4 rebounds along with 4 blocked shots. That tournament in San Antonio was the launching pad for what may be the first significant professional basketball player of Indian descent.

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Feb 19

Mindy Minhas Can Flat Out Ball

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In the past, I have highlighted a few up and coming basketball players who had the makings of something special, like Sim and Tanveer Bhullar, or Manroop Clair. However, these prospects were highly touted, and known quantities before I profiled them.

But I never expected to be writing this article about Mindy Minhas. That’s certainly not due to any lack of talent or ability, he possesses both in spades, but simply because I thought someone would have beat me to it…

Remember the name: Mindy Minhas is a 6’4” do-it-all, star small forward of Marpole’s Sir Winston Churchill Bulldogs, and a legitimate threat to score every time he touches the ball. Just check out this stat line: 35 PPG, 10 RPG, & 6 APG. That is simply outrageous for high school; I mean we’re talking almost a triple double EACH GAME. He can shoot the lights out, handles like a Ferrari, and plays big in the paint. And he’s only in Grade 11. 

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Jul 24

Lonely Virgil

If you were a child of the 80s, like myself, you probably wasted more than a few saturday mornings watching WWF Superstars. Some of these men found eternal superstardom, however for most, that was the peak of a relatively modest career in professional wrestling.

Virgil, the barely subversively racial character who was essentially the Million Dollar Man’s manservant, was one of those who did not achieve much past the “glory” of the 1980s.

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Jun 25

Remember the Name: Jujhar Khaira

With the second pick of the third round of this past Saturday’s NHL Entry Draft, the Edmonton Oilers made Jujhar Khaira the 63rd overall pick. The emerging power forward can play either Left Wing or Centre, and depending on who you ask, he stands anywhere from 6’2”-6’4” and weighs as much as 200lbs. Big for a man, huge for an eighteen year old.

Ironically, Khaira was once considered too small for the game, and went unselected in the WHL draft. Forced to play in the BCHL, Khaira had a breakout sophomore season with the Prince George Spruce Kings, cracking the top 10 in league scoring, while becoming the highest ranked BCHL player by NHL Scouting (74th overall). 

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Jun 14

Two Links, One Post: Boxing

Ah, the sweet science. 75 years ago, it, along with horse racing and baseball, were the major sports in North America. Sure, hockey was big here in Canada, and in the northern United States, but boxing was massive everywhere. 

It’s popularity has been on a steady decline since then. A notable lack of personalities in the heavyweight division removed boxing from the mainstream even further. At the same time highly questionable judging, seemingly endless scandals, and suggestions of fixing plagued the sport. 

Fast forward to today, where boxing’s popularity may be at its lowest point, ever. And its credibility may be even lower that that, due to a shocking split decision loss for Manny Pacquiao against Timothy Bradley Jr. Which, according to virtually everyone, was a travesty. 

Anyways, since I didn’t do TLOP last week, this edition is supersized for all you fans out there in dreamland. Enjoy.

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