Frank Zicarelli, Toronto Sun

Probably Toronto's most knowledgeable basketball columnist, Zicarelli joined the Toronto Sun in 1986 as a high school sports writer. Has covered the Raptors and NBA since the Toronto team's inception. Lives in Toronto.


Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan shoots the ball as Wizards forward Drew Gooden (right) and centre Marcin Gortat try to make the block during fourth-quarter action in Game 3. (USA TODAY SPORTS/PHOTO)

Raptors simply not built to win in playoffs

It may end by as early as Sunday evening or the inevitable gets delayed a few days, but one of these days the Raptors will do the unavoidable soul-searching and try to address many of the team’s deficiencies.

Jon Cornish runs through a drill during a Calgary Stampeders practice at McMahon Stadium in Calgary. (LYLE ASPINALL/QMI Agency)

Stampeders have huge edge over Tiger-Cats

A positional breakdown of Sunday’s Grey Cup pitting the Stamps and Ticats, two teams on the losing end of the CFL’s past two championship games. Calgary lost to the Argonauts in Toronto in 2012, while Hamilton fell to Saskatchewan in Regina last year.

CFL Commissioner Mark Cohon. (AL CHAREST/QMI Agency)

Argos have most to lose to potential labour disruption

"As a long-term CFL/Argo fan, I am extremely concerned that the present impasse in contract negotiations will do irreparable damage to the entire league in general and, more specifically, to the Argos, unless a swift resolution is forthcoming.

Chad Kackert of the Argos celebrates his touchdown run in the Boatmen's 27-20 East final victory over the Alouettes at Olympic Stadium on Sunday. (Reuters)

Argos going to the Grey Cup

It’s Grey Cup or bust for the Argos, a time when Toronto’s bandwagon fans have a chance to finally hitch a ride on the backs of a championship-worthy franchise.

Argonauts quarterback Ricky Ray gets tackled by B.C Lions’ Keron Williams during first-half action in Vancouver last night. (Reuters)

Test vs. best: Argos fail

In terms of litmus tests, in terms of measuring oneself against the league’s very best, the Argos would fail on both accounts.

Calgary Stampeders' Kevin Glenn is tackled by the Argonauts' Ronald Flemons as Ejiro Kuale closes in during the first half of their game in Calgary on Saturday night. (Mike Sturk/Reuters)

Defence leads Argos over Stamps

Some how, some way, the Argos defence has been put on the backburner, reduced to the role of subordinate when so much talk has surrounded the team’s offence.

Chad Owens of the Toronto Argonauts scores a touchdown late in the second quarter on July 18, 2012 against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. (JACK BOLAND/Toronto Sun)

Argos barely get by Bombers

The Argos were at their offensive worst, unable to run the ball, unable to pass protect, incapable of making any plays of any consequence down the field.