2012 Year in Review

Massey: "Women's Ballon D'Or is a Joke"

There's very little that Ben Massey and I see eye-to-eye on, but there are rare exceptions, and this piece he put together for Maple Leaf Forever is one of those. To sum up, Massey argues that by allowing voters who have less than a passing interest in women's football to vote for the best players of the world, it distorts what is reality. He's always been known for liberal use of statistics, and all of them lead to one conclusion: whoever was voting, did it all wrong. Read the story at the link above. As if FIFA doesn't grind enough people's gears already...

Can North America Teach Europe on Anti-Homophobia?

While North America's soccer scene has made great strides in equality in 2012, Europe seems to consistently lack behind. Is 2013 the year that MLS's progress is strong enough for the other side of the Pond to resist?

Time To Throw 2012 on the Scrapheap

Still grumbling over last season? Time to move on, look on the bright side and embrace your inner happy person and just for kicks try on a positive outlook.

Christina Pedersen Gets an F(-Bomb)

For years, Canadian comedy troupe the Royal Canadian Air Farce have been firing chicken cannons and F-Bombing worthy targets for scorn on their annual New Years' Eve TV special. Past targets have included former President George W. Bush (chosen as top target many times during his Presidency), and NHL commissioner Gary Bettman. This year, as chosen by their viewers, they've included a special target -- skip ahead to about 41 minutes in, and you will see. She didn't quite beat out a haggle of corrupt mayors, but it's damn close. Our national healing is officially complete -- thank you, Air Farce! (N.B. -- The video is Canada only...oops!)

Should Auld Acquaintance Be Forgot...

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Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind? We'll take that cup of kindness! (Thanks to Paul Marhue for this one -- you can view a bigger image here.)

WTR Year in Review: A Letter to the Future

To conclude our Year in Review series, WTR's resident westerner pens a letter to a future Team WTR, as we look forward to a brand new year of Canadian soccer, and to remind the future of the dark days that were.

WTR Year in Review: Heroes of the Year

One the first day of 2013, Team WTR fetes the people who made the headlines in a good way in 2012. These are the ones who made us (and Canadian soccer) proud, in a year filled with nothing but black clouds.

WTR Year in Review: Villains of the Year

These are the ones you want to lob your rotten produce at for what they did this year! Team WTR singles out some of those who have receive (and should receive more of) your scorn from 2012.

WTR Year in Review: Misplays of the Year

Team WTR revisits some of Canadian soccer's biggest mis-plays of 2012 in part five of our Year in Review. These moments are sure to make your blood pressure rise faster than a green snake baking in sugar cane bread!

WTR Year in Review: Quotes of the Year

He said, she said. There's been quite a few words thrown around, but a few lines really stuck out. In Part 4 of Team WTR's Year in Review, we look at some of the memorable quotes of 2012 in Canadian soccer.

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WTR Year in Review: Antacid Moments of the Year

You think acid reflux is bad? Try watching an 8-1 thrashing. In Part 3 of our look back, Team WTR picks some of the moments in 2012 that made them want to reach for something a bit stronger than Tums.

WTR Year in Review: Champagne Moments of the Year

In the second part of our look back at 2012, Team WTR looks at some of the shining moments of 2012. From the Olympics to the CCL, there was a lot of bright spots in the dark.

WTR Year in Review: Goals of the Year

It's that time of year again -- Team WTR counts down to 2013 with the best (and worst) of Canadian soccer in 2012. In our first part, Dave, Kristin and John look at the best goals of 2012.

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