Steve Buffery, Toronto Sun

Born and raised in Toronto, Steve Buffery grew up around the corner from the Sun's Rob Longley and attended the same high school in Etobicoke - Vincent Massey Collegiate. He studied journalism at Humber College, then worked at the Etobicoke Guardian before joining the Toronto Sun in 1985. Buffery covered Olympic sports for 15 years, winning three Dunlop Awards for sportswriting and, in 1996, was named sportswriter of the year by the Sports Federation of Canada. Also in 1996, Buffery was a National Newspaper Award finalist. Buffery has also covered the Leafs, Toronto Raptors, boxing, mixed martial arts - you name it. He currently writes a humour column (Leave it to Beezer), when he's not pontificating on the state of professional sports in North America. Buffery still lives in Etobicoke.


Pitcher R.A. Dickey #43 of the Toronto Blue Jays delivers a pitch in the first inning against the New York Yankees during a game at Yankee Stadium on September 5, 2016 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Blue Jays labour in loss to Yankees

The Blue Jays' highly-touted rotation, which has cruised through most of the season, has hit a rather significant pot hole.

Toronto Blue Jays' Edwin Encarnacion tumbles into second with a double under the tag of Detroit Tigers' Ian Kinsler on July 9. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Thornhill

Jays' Sanchez finally gets called to All-Star Game

The weather was hot, the fans were warm, but the bats were cold as the Detroit Tigers snapped a seven-game Blue Jays winning streak on Saturday with a 3-2 victory over Toronto at the Rogers Centre.

Denis Savard appears to be finding horse racing as gratifying as playing hockey. (Postmedia Network files)

Denis Savard takes horse racing for a spinarama

As soon as tomorrow’s races are over at Belmont Park, ex-Chicago Blackhawks star Denis Savard is going to do his patented ‘Savardian spinarama’ so he can watch one of his former NHL teams play in the Stanley Cup final.

Jockey Eurico Da Silva guided Paso Doble to victory in the $125,000 New Providence Stakes at Woodbine Racetrack. (MICHAEL BURNS PHOTO)

Scary moment at Woodbine Racetrack

Woodbine jockey Jesse Campbell is only three victories away from achieving a major milestone in thoroughbred horse racing.

Defenceman Shaun Heshka played parts of three seasons in the AHL for the Manitoba Moose, not far from his Melville, Sask., roots. Now he deals with 11-hour flights as a member of Admiral Vladivostok of the Kontinental Hockey League. (QMI FILES)

Heshka a long way from home in Vladivostok

Standing inside the terminal at Tunoshna Airport in Yaroslavl, Russia, Canadian hockey player Shaun Heshka and his Admiral Vladivostok teammates are getting ready to board a flight home.

Manuel Osborne-Paradis skis during men’s downhill training on the Birds of Prey race course in Beaver Creek, Colo. (USA TODAY SPORTS)

Osborne-Paradis wouldn’t miss worlds for the world

It’s often said that NHL hockey players are the toughest athletes in the world. The evidence presents itself almost every game when a player takes a shot to the face or gets crushed against the boards, only to return a few minutes later after being stitched or bandaged.