Sports Quick Hits: August 19th, 2021
🏎Formula One: Despite Tokyo’s successful hosting of the Olympics and soon-to-come Paralympics, organizers have cancelled October’s Japanese Grand Prix for the second straight year due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns. The F1 drama this season, so hopefully they’ll find a replacement venue soon. The Drive to Survive fans need it.
⚾️Baseball: The Toronto Blue Jays are battling for a in the , and now they’ll have to do it — for at least the next week — without star outfielder George Springer, who’s been with a knee sprain. Hate to see it.
- Meanwhile, on Tuesday night Cincinnati Red Joey Votto became the second Canadian in MLB history — after Larry Walker — to record 2,000 career hits...and then followed it up by . The cutest.
🏈NFL: On Monday, the Atlanta Falcons announced that their entire roster is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, making them the first (and only) NFL team to reach the mark. Hopefully they’ll have some company soon, as 91.7% of players in the league are fully vaccinated. .
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⚾️Anti-Asian racism: Detroit Tigers TV analyst Jack Morris after he used an exaggerated East Asian accent when talking about LA Angels pitcher Shohei Ohtani during Tuesday’s broadcast. Morris is set to undergo bias training before returning to the booth.
- This is the third prominent example of anti-Asian sentiment in the sports world over the past month, after the Juventus women’s team and Green Bay Packer Devin Funchess in a post-game press conference.
🏈DeShaun Watson: While the Houston Texans quarterback faces 22 active lawsuits from massage therapists who he allegedly assaulted, the FBI one of the women who may have been aiming to extort money from Watson. Just all bad.
Sports Quick Hits: August 16th, 2021
🎾Tennis: The U.S. Open starts in a couple of weeks, but Roger Federer won’t be there. The five-time champ that he’ll undergo his third knee surgery, and recovery will keep him out for “many months.” Fingers crossed for January’s Australian Open.
- And in some good tennis news, Canadian Gaby Dabrowski earned her first home title, winning the National Bank Open’s women’s doubles final in Montreal yesterday. We love to see it.
🏈NFL: The league’s newest quarterbacks (QBs) got their first taste of pro ball (albeit ) this weekend. The New England Patriots rang in the , San Francisco 49er Trey Lance (TD) and the Jacksonville Jaguars welcomed first overall pick Trevor Lawrence.
- But it was newest Chicago Bear Justin Fields who stole the show, proving he’s already a dual-threat QB with both a and a . Impressive.
- She’ll look to carry her newfound momentum into the Women’s British Open, the final major of the year, on Thursday.
Sports Quick Hits: July 8th, 2021
⚽️Soccer: As Team Canada gets ready to say hello to Tokyo, living legend Diana Matheson is saying goodbye. After 18 years and 206 international games, the three-time Olympian, best known for her during the London 2012 Games, yesterday. So long, Diana, and thank you.
- Phoenix set an NBA Finals record with 25 consecutive made free throws and Chris Paul became the first player since Michael Jordan to notch 30 points and eight assists in a finals debut. Decent company.
🏈CFL: False alarm, folks. After scaring diehard fans with talks of a possible merger with the Dwayne Johnson–led XFL, the CFL has announced they’ve . It’s cool, we were kind of confused by it anyway. Onwards and upwards: after a year off, the new season starts August 5th.
Ottawa: Brad Sinopoli Announces Retirement and Future Plans
🏈Redblacks: After nine seasons in the CFL, including five with the Redblacks, wide receiver Brad Sinopoli yesterday. The CFL’s two-time Most Outstanding Canadian won’t go far though: the former Ottawa Gee-Gee is sticking around the city as a .
- Meanwhile, the rest of the team is preparing for July’s training camp ahead of August’s season start. Check out the full schedule and start planning your trip to TD Place. Lansdowne is waiting for us.
🏀BlackJacks: Elsewhere at TD Place, the Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL)’s third season tips off tonight at 7 p.m. with an Ottawa BlackJacks home game against the Niagara River Lions. Though games are still closed to fans, you can or listen to the amazing HannaH Sunley-Paisley and AJ Jakubec broadcast on TSN 1200.