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Patti Dawn Swansson

  • joined Jul 13, 2011
  • last login Apr 17, 2014
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Patti Dawn Swansson is a sports journalist of 30-plus years who has written for a number of major Canadian dailies, including the Toronto Sun, Calgary Sun, Winnipeg Sun and Winnipeg Tribune.
Her work has also appeared in many other dailies, including the Montreal Gazette, Toronto Star, Edmonton Journal, Calgary Herald and a handful of U.S. sheets.
She once hosted her own sports radio talk show on CJOB in Winnipeg.
Mind you, that gig only lasted about seven weeks, because she realized most of the people who call sports phone-in shows really need to get a life.
So she returned to writing about sports for newspapers, but only for another three years when she realized she needed to get a life.
She has a life now and often writes about the real world, but she still scribbles about sports...for kicks rather than a pay cheque.
(A word of caution: If you take her seriously and get your knickers in a knot over something she writes, she will not agree to pay for your psychiatric sessions.)

A Fan Of...

  • MLB St. Louis Cardinals
  • NBA Los Angeles Lakers
  • NFL Green Bay Packers
  • NCAAF UCLA Bruins
  • NCAAB UCLA Bruins
  • NHL Winnipeg Jets
  • Golf Arnie
  • NASCAR The guy in the 48 car
  • MMA Ugh!
  • Boxing Floyd Patterson, Ali
  • Soccer Nil
  • Cycling Anyone without a syringe in his butt
  • Tennis Martina Navratilova, Bjorn Borg
  • FIFA Brazil
  • Serie A Nil
  • La Liga Nil
  • EPL Liverpool
  • MLS Nil
  • Winter Olympics U.S.S.R. National Hockey Team, circa 1960s/70s
  • Figure Skating Borje Salming and Bill Barber
  • Wrestling Kinji Shibuya and Mitsu Arikowa
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Let's put a Winnipeg hockey legend(s) in bronze at the MTS Centre

Montreal has Howie Morenz, Rocket Richard, Jean Beliveau and Guy Lafleur. Boston has the greatest hockey player ever—number 4 Bobby Orr. Chicago has Robert Marvin Hull and Stan Mikita. Los...

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The 1960s: The decade that never really happened for the Toronto Maple Leafs

If the Toronto Maple Leafs won the Stanley Cup during the 1960s and Tim Leiweke wasn't there to see it, did it really happen? Apparently not, grasshopper. I'm sure you know by now that Leiweke...

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Don Baizley: Saying goodbye to a hall of fame person and a hockey game-changer

Don Baizley is not in the Hockey Hall of Fame, nor the International Ice Hockey Hall of Fame. He should be in both. As a builder. That's because hockey would not be where it stands today if not...

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Claude Noel: What do the players honestly think of him?

I admire Claude Noel for his frankness. His honesty. The guy is tight-lipped like Tiger Woods is a virgin. If a player sucks, he says that player sucks. If the powerplay or penalty killing...

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Claude Noel is off-key in singing his hurtin' song

Discussing how Claude Noel handles his media scrums.

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And the Jets' magic number is...54!

Let's begin by crunching some numbers, class (even though I hate crunching numbers; I was horrible at math as a kid). At present, the Winnipeg Jets are trying to chase down four outfits—W...

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You Can Play, the NHL and frat boy mentalities

What kind of results can we expect as the NHL aligns itself with the You Can Play Project?

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Jets' need more urgency

In a 48-game season, the Jets need to show more desperation than what they displayed in Saturday's 4-1 loss to the Ottawa Senators.

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Winnipeg Jets are not a 14th-place hockey team

Here you are, kids, scant hours away from rockin' the Little Hockey House on the Prairie, and I'm not feeling the love for your Winnipeg Jets. I mean, every turn I take in cyberspace leads me to...

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No surprise that NHL fans are flocking back

Was there any doubt? I mean, did anyone actually believe that fans were soooooo browned off about the 113-day lockout that they would turn their backs on the NHL brand of hockey? Or spend...

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Jets' circus will never rival that of Maple Leafs

The dark comedy that is the Toronto Maple Leafs set me to thinking. About the Winnipeg Jets. About the Nashville Predators. The Leafs, you see, are the longest-running sitcom in the National...

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A slow-news day for the Winnipeg Jets? Not really.

So, Ondrej Pavelec, Dustin Byfuglien and Ron Hainsey surface in River City. One is hounded about a drunk driving conviction. Another is hounded about his heft. The third is pestered about his...

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Why should NHL players apologize for anything?

After being locked out by their owners, why should NHL players have to apologize?

After months of stiffing fans, the NHL returns

Get out your amnesia dust and sprinkle it all over your beautiful face, because it's time to forget that the NHL and NHLPA have held your fandom hostage since September. NHL hockey is back and you're going to enjoy it.

Coal or Goal? The naughty and nice of 2011-12

Arctic Ice Hockey has made their list and checked it twice. Read on to find out who was naughty or nice this year.

Surviving the scrutiny

Fans best not act shocked when Evander Kane asks Jets' management to punch his ticket out of town.

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Oh, the pain of being Citizen Kane with the Winnipeg Jets

Top o' the morning to you, Evander Kane. Oh, man. You sure do have a way of putting knots in knickers, don't you? You ought to hear what they're saying and writing about you since you...

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Give 'em a jacket, a Trans Am and let's play hockey

A jacket. A corduroy jacket. I keep thinking about a corduroy jacket these days, because that's all it took to make Gordie Howe a happy camper when he put his John Hancock on his first...

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Survey says: Who needs the NHL?

Let's begin by agreeing that Winnipeg has the hots for hockey. An audience numbering 15,004 each time the Jets perform in the Little Hockey House on the Prairie, plus a season-ticket waiting...

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Ancient Mayans predicted NHL lockout will end Dec. 21

This just in: The National Hockey League lockout will end on Dec. 21. How do I know this? The Mayans told me. Or, to be more accurate, ancient Mayan scribblings told me. It's true. Although many...

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Commish Bettman and NHL owners know the "greatest fans" will be back

Here's the bottom line, kids: You shall return. Oh, yes. You will. I realize that, at this very moment, you're as owly as a 90-year-old man with an ache in his last tooth. Actually, you're...

Did Gary Bettman have it planned this way all along?

Pardon my cynicism, but this hockey hissy-fit seems hokey. Orchestrated, if you will. By the owners. Think about it. Prior to this week, the two schoolyard bullies in the National...

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Top 10 reasons why I want the NHL lockout to end:

10. I'd hate to see Vancouver Canucks' fans miss the opportunity to hold their annual spring riot. 9. Can't wait to bet the over/under on how long it takes Randy Carlyle to shove Phil Kessel into...

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Have NHL players forgotten why they play the game?

I'm old enough to remember the Cuban missile crisis, the JFK assassination and the Toronto Maple Leafs when they were a hockey powerhouse. It's true, kids. Once upon a time, the Maple Leafs could...

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