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Sports Quick Hits: October 1st, 2021

October 01, 2021
Source: CityNews Toronto/Twitter
Source: CityNews Toronto/Twitter

⚾️MLB: The Toronto Blue Jays still have a chance at the postseason, but it’s going to take a lot of luck to get there. With last night’s 6–2 loss to the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox’s 6–2 loss to the Baltimore Orioles, the Jays now sit one game behind Boston and Seattle in the second Wild Card spot, with three games — all against the lowly Orioles — to go.

😷COVID-19: The five percent of unvaccinated NBA players won’t get paid if they miss games due to non-compliance of local vaccine mandates. For example, New York City and San Francisco have banned unvaccinated people from attending (and playing in) indoor sporting events, meaning at least three teams’ players are affected by the rule.

  • Meanwhile, the MLB has new postseason vaccine rules: no unvaccinated coaches will be allowed on the field during games. Good on them.

Toronto Blue Jays fight for one of the four remaining playoff spots

September 29, 2021
Source: Robbie Ray/Twitter
Source: Robbie Ray/Twitter

Wildin’: Last night, the Jays began a homestand against the NY Yankees — who are currently in the first of two American League (AL) Wild Card spots — and it wasn’t pretty. They were downed 7–2 by the Yankees in front of over 28,000 fans at Rogers Centre. Must’ve been the Yankees’ new pet turtle.

  • They’ll play again tonight and tomorrow, both at 7:07 p.m. ET, before starting their last series of the regular season against the lowly Baltimore Orioles on Friday.

Chillin’: Meanwhile, six other teams have clinched their postseason berths. The National League’s St. Louis Cardinals locked up the second and final NL Wild Card spot with their 17th straight win, while in the AL, the Houston Astros are close to punching their postseason ticket.

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Sports Quick Hits: September 24th, 2021

September 24, 2021
SOURCE: ALEX LIVESEY - FIFA/FIFA VIA GETTY IMAGES
SOURCE: ALEX LIVESEY - FIFA/FIFA VIA GETTY IMAGES

⚽️Soccer: National treasure team goalkeeper and Tokyo Olympics gold medalist Steph Labbé became yet another superstar to open up about her mental health struggles at the Games. In an essay, she described how the journey took a serious toll on her mental and physical health (and the correlation between the two) and how she continues to work towards finding balance.

⚾️MLB: The Toronto Blue Jays series against the Tampa Bay Rays ended with a loss and a bench-clearing brawl. Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier was intentionally hit with a retaliatory pitch by Jays pitcher Ryan Borucki (who was later suspended for it) on Wednesday after Kiermaier allegedly stole a scouting card with the Jays’ game plan on it on Monday. Oops.

  • Luckily, the Jays won’t face the Rays again this season, with only three remaining series against the Minnesota Twins — who they lost to 7–2 last night — the New York Yankees and the Baltimore Orioles.

🏒NHL: The drama continues in Buffalo. After suffering a herniated disk in March, Sabres star Jack Eichel has been at odds with the team — who have the final say — over how it should be treated. This week, Eichel unsurprisingly failed a physical that would have allowed him to start training camp, and the team subsequently stripped him of his captaincy. Spicy stuff.

  • Meanwhile, San Jose Shark Evander Kane has dodged one bullet after the NHL found no wrongdoing in their investigation into gambling and betting claims made by Kane’s estranged wife. Can we just get to the on-ice drama already?
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Sports Quick Hits: September 22nd, 2021

September 22, 2021
SOURCE: JAMIE SABAU/NHLI VIA GETTY IMAGES
SOURCE: JAMIE SABAU/NHLI VIA GETTY IMAGES

🏒NHL: With hockey back to its normal mid-October start, training camps are beginning this week, but there’s one player who wasn’t invited. After his anti-vaccine comments, refusal to get vaccinated and speech at a recent PPC rally, the Columbus Blue Jackets have asked Zac Rinaldo not to report to camp.

  • With Rinaldo out, the Blue Jackets can now proudly boast a 100% vaccination rate among players. Boy bye.

⚾️MLB: With the regular season winding down, the American League’s MVP discussion should be ramping up...but we think (and yes, we’re biased) there’s really only one valid option. Toronto Blue Jays slugger Vladimir Guerrero Jr. recorded another two hits in last night’s 4–2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays, further

boosting his MVP-worthy season...and the Jays’ playoffs hopes.

🏀NBA: Sports Illustrated released their list of the top 100 active NBAers yesterday, and three Toronto Raptors made the ranks. Pascal Siakam fell from No. 30 last year to No. 44, while Fred VanVleet jumped from No. 57 to No. 46 and OG Anunoby from No. 73 to No. 59.

And not that we care or anything, but Miami Heat newbie Kyle Lowry came in at No. 40 after hitting No. 28 when he was a Raptor. Not not saying he should have stayed.

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Sports Quick Hits: September 20th, 2021

September 20, 2021
Source: Toronto Blue Jays/Twitter
Source: Toronto Blue Jays/Twitter

⚾️MLB: After Toronto’s 5–3 win yesterday, former Toronto Blue Jay and current Minnesota Twin Josh Donaldson and Jays slugger Vladimir Guerrero Jr.  — who leads the league in batting average, home runs and hits — took pics and exchanged jerseys. Game recognize game.

  • The Jays are currently in a very precarious Wild Card playoff spot with just under two weeks left in the regular season, and their series against the American League’s best team — the Tampa Bay Rays — will be make or break. It starts tonight at 7:10 p.m. ET.

🏈Football: Kristie Elliott became the first Canadian woman to play and score in an NCAA football game on Saturday. The kicker — who had never watched a football game before taking up the sport in 2019 — scored two extra points in Simon Fraser University’s loss.

  • FYI, SFU is the only Canadian school to play in the U.S. collegiate league, where they compete in Division II.

🏉Rugby 7s: The first half of a very short World Rugby Sevens Series took place in Vancouver this weekend, and Team Canada looked pretty solid. The women’s team placed third behind the U.S. and U.K., and the men lost in the quarter-final. They’ll try for better results in the second leg, which starts Saturday in Edmonton.