Borussia Dortmund Season In Review

The first half of the 2018-19 campaign was the most fun I've ever had watching Borussia Dortmund. The Black and Yellows were flying high in the Bundesliga and went undefeated until the end of December, while only losing 1 Champions League game in that time. New signings Paco Alcacer, Thomas Delaney, Axel Witsel and Achraf … Continue reading Borussia Dortmund Season In Review

Ranking the 5 Best Survivor Players from Season 37: Edge of Extinction

No other Survivor season has created more debate in the fan community than Edge of Extinction. The game mechanic that saw voted out castaways live on a separate island with limited food, hoping and vying for a spot back in the game, created an interesting dynamic and an unorthodox set of events...to say the least. … Continue reading Ranking the 5 Best Survivor Players from Season 37: Edge of Extinction

4 Reasons Your Practice Session Isn’t Working

Sometimes we as coaches spend hours perfecting our session plans, making sure the activities are as beneficial and intricate as they can be, only to have the practice fall apart. This article will discuss 4 common reasons why your practice might not be working and how to fix it. POOR EXPLANATION/DEMONSTRATION Players need to have … Continue reading 4 Reasons Your Practice Session Isn’t Working

Why a Women’s Canadian Premier League Should be the Next Step for Canada Soccer

This past weekend, the newly formed Canadian Premier League, Canada's first ever top-flight league, got underway. It was a monumental occasion for soccer in Canada and kicked off the path to better times for our nation's Men's National Team. One of the major hopes behind the Canadian Premier League was that it would present young … Continue reading Why a Women’s Canadian Premier League Should be the Next Step for Canada Soccer

How Every Canadian Premier League Team Could Line Up

The Canadian Premier League is just four days away from kicking off! Heading into the season The Mastermind analyzed each and every team and their chances in this exciting inaugural season. Check out our Team Guides here! But something that everyone is waiting to see is how each of these teams are going to line up. Ultimately this league … Continue reading How Every Canadian Premier League Team Could Line Up

Casting Survivor 40: All Winners

According to Inside Survivor and Martin Holmes, season 40 of CBS' greatest reality television show, Survivor, is set to be an all-winners season. An all-winners season has been something that Jeff Probst and the producers have wanted to do for a while, but they've never felt like they had enough entertaining/good, winners who would want to come … Continue reading Casting Survivor 40: All Winners

Best Formations for 11v11

In the ever-changing world of football, dozens of formations are being used on a day to day basis around the globe. Choosing the right formation can affect the balance of the game, while the decision of which formation to play can also be instrumental in getting the best out of the players a manager has … Continue reading Best Formations for 11v11

Best Formations for 7v7

The 7v7 game arrives at the pinnacle of optimal learning for kids developing their footballing trade. The smaller size in field allows players to have more touches on the ball, creates more 1v1 situations and is an easy transition from 5v5 into an easy-to-understand formula for success out on the field. 7v7 formations are by … Continue reading Best Formations for 7v7

3 Ways To Play in a 4-5-1

The 4-5-1 is the perfect formation for counter-attacking football and instills a defensive mindset in any team. As such it is a particularly popular formation for defensive-minded managers and is universally used to defend a lead. The 4-5-1 is also incredibly flexible, providing a lot of different ways managers can employ the tactic. Nearly every … Continue reading 3 Ways To Play in a 4-5-1

Best Formations for 9v9

9v9 is one of the most exciting stages in the development of young players as it's the first time they are truly able to understand positioning, formations and how to play to the strengths of their teammates. In The Mastermind's hometown province of Ontario, 9v9 starts at the U11 stage and ends at U13, when … Continue reading Best Formations for 9v9

Top 50 Survivor Players of All Time

In thirty-eight seasons of Survivor, there have been some amazing players. It is so incredibly hard to rank them as they all had to overcome a different set of circumstances and navigate through completely different seasons, twists and themes. But nonetheless, The Mastermind has attempted to compile a list of the fifty greatest players of all … Continue reading Top 50 Survivor Players of All Time

Why MasterChef Is Fake

For a show based solely around cooking, MasterChef has surpassed expectations worldwide to become one of the most entertaining reality TV franchises out there. This makes it all the more disappointing that a show so compelling and so popular, often has something seemingly suspicious going on behind the scenes. Although fantastic in what it achieves, MasterChef is … Continue reading Why MasterChef Is Fake

Is U13 Too Early For 11v11?

When Long-Term-Player-Development (LTPD) was introduced to soccer in Canada in 2008, one of its many goals was to shorten field sizes, game times and players on the field in accordance with what would be most beneficial for the development of children. Now, eleven years on from all the changes which have widely been accepted and … Continue reading Is U13 Too Early For 11v11?

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Top 20 Big Brother Canada Players of All Time

In seven seasons, we have seen several standout Big Brother Canada players to help make for one fantastic television program. Some of the faces and names below would even match or usurp some of the all-time greats of the Big Brother US game. Of course, not every player to step inside the BBCAN Grand has been … Continue reading Top 20 Big Brother Canada Players of All Time

Why Dane Rupert Is The Best Big Brother Canada Player To Ever Play

It was a long seventh season of Big Brother Canada and it all culminated on Thursday night in Dane Rupert taking control of the season from final four on, taking his best bud Anthony to the end, and winning in a stunning, unanimous 7-0 vote. I have been higher on this season of Big Brother … Continue reading Why Dane Rupert Is The Best Big Brother Canada Player To Ever Play

The Amazing Race 31 Episode 4 – “I Took Out A Polar Bear”

On Episode 4 of The Amazing Race 31, teams stayed in Ho Chi Minh City. This proved to be a good decision from the production team as Vietnam continued to provide compelling tasks and dramatic moments. Let's get right into our recap for Episode 4 of TAR31 - aptly named despite the hot sun - … Continue reading The Amazing Race 31 Episode 4 – “I Took Out A Polar Bear”

Best Formations for 8v8

Before the USSF switched to 9-a-side for U11 & U12, 8-a-side was the common standard. Today, 8v8 is not a common playing format. However, it is useful to discuss from a 9v9 standpoint, to elucidate what formations might be useful when a team has to play short. Here are the best formations for 8v8, a … Continue reading Best Formations for 8v8

The Amazing Race 31 Episode 3 Recap – “Here Fishy, Fishy, Fishy”

The Amazing Race 31 continues to impress as this week teams headed off to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam and the race was flipped on its head. Teams that had been doing very well heading into this leg...namely Leo & Jamal...hit a bit of a speed bump. Meanwhile, Becca & Floyd bounced back from … Continue reading The Amazing Race 31 Episode 3 Recap – “Here Fishy, Fishy, Fishy”

Forge FC 1-1 York 9 Match Recap & Analysis

The Canadian Premier League has finally kicked off with the first match between Forge FC and York 9. The game was explosive, end-to-end and very intriguing as both Smyrniotis and Brennan did everything they could to try and get the win. Here is our match recap and analysis for Forge FC's 1-1 tie with York … Continue reading Forge FC 1-1 York 9 Match Recap & Analysis