Author Archive: Avi Goldberg
Avi Goldberg, Ph.D. teaches sociology full-time at Vanier College, an English language CEGEP in Montreal and part-time in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Concordia University. Goldberg's teaching and research interests are in culture (including popular culture, sports, & digital communities and media) and political sociology. He intensely follows North American sports and talk radio and often injects a healthy dose of current topics in his stimulating lectures.
By Avi Goldberg, Featured Writer, All Habs Hockey Magazine MONTREAL, QC. — Early this past Monday evening, hours before Commissioner Lars Eller relegated them to the Canadian Hockey League, Edmonton Oilers players, coaches, management, a documentary crew, and even members … Continue reading
By Avi Goldberg, Featured Writer, All Habs Hockey Magazine MONTREAL, QC. — It’s two hours after a Montreal Canadiens victory and only minutes after midnight in the early morning of what will become opening day for the Toronto Blue Jays. … Continue reading
By Avi Goldberg, Featured Contributor, All Habs Hockey Magazine MONTREAL, QC. — As we roll to the trade deadline of this shortened hockey season, it’s hard to believe that only months ago many of us were cursing the NHL and … Continue reading
I know that we’re all sick and tired of the lockout. And, though it won’t be long before hockey fans in Canada get back into the routine of the games, many of us are also somewhat troubled by what we and local businesses and their workers have had to endure over the last 113 days. Continue reading
Last month, following the NFL’s acknowledgments of the Jovan Belcher murder-suicide in Kansas City and the horrific school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, media commentators took time to assess the place of sports in relation to real life human tragedies. Is it helpful, it was asked, to play on and to use sports as an activity to help citizens cope with the horrors they’ve witnessed, or is it better to push sports to the sidelines and to encourage participation in true practices of grieving loss? Continue reading
We’ve all heard people say that fans don’t come to the games for the coaches or the general managers. The accuracy of this sentiment is highlighted by the painful absence of NHL competition and player storylines during the lockout, yet at times like the trade deadline, the free agency period, and the firing and hiring of a coach, fans give their rapt attention to the GMs. Continue reading