Snowbirds crash in BC has cast a pall over the day

I will do a post on sports happenings tomorrow, but I am still in shock over the crash of one of the Snowbirds planes in Kamloops earlier today. It’s not clear if there were fatalities or not. (UPDATE: one person was killed.) The Snowbirds were on a cross country tour to cheer up people across…

Sad news for local air travel fans: Delta suspends flights to Saskatoon

It occurred to me recently that this month marks a bit of aviation history for Saskatchewan. Indeed, this marks the 25th anniversary that Northwest Airlines launched its service between Saskatoon and Minneapolis-St. Paul under the “Open Skies” agreement. That opened up a world of possibilities for connecting flights for Saskatchewan travellers to wherever they wanted…

Not even COVID-19 could stop UFC 249 from Jacksonville!

Today is a day that has been circled on the calendar of many sports fans, and in particular MMA fans. Yes, the long awaited and oft-postponed UFC 249 goes tonight in Jacksonville, Tony Ferguson versus Justin Gaethje for the interim lightweight title, marking the official return of major league sports to North America. Although —-…

A sad scene today in Ottawa, as the CFL begs for its survival

It was an utterly miserable day for fans of the Canadian Football League. Today, they saw league commissioner Randy Ambrosie go begging in front of the House of Commons (virtual) finance committee for their $150 bailout that’s been talked about. In that presentation Ambrosie flat-out said they were looking at either a truncated season for…

Good news, fans, the baseball season is back on! In Korea.

In more good news for sports fans desperate for the return of Major League Baseball, or for that matter any baseball, we now have the resumption of baseball in South Korea. The Korea Baseball Organization, or KBO League, held its first games of the season overnight our time. To show you how desperate they are…

Normal life returns — for one night. The NFL Draft is on!

Today is a day circled on the calendar of literally millions of frustrated North American sports fans who are desperate for any sports of any kind to watch. Yes, it is the NFL Draft! On the clock: Cincinnati Bengals who are expected to pick #1 Joe Burrow of LSU. Indeed, this event and the discussion…

For folks bored by the lack of sports on TV, tornadoes are hitting Mississippi today.

NOT EXACTLY MY IDEA OF EXCITEMENT ON EASTER SUNDAY Story here. Louisiana also got hit today and the warnings extend to Alabama. Scary stuff for all those going through this. A #tornado EMERGENCY continues in southern Mississippi. Seek shelter immediately if in the warned area! pic.twitter.com/hOqy5RGVSF — The Weather Channel (@weatherchannel) April 12, 2020 #BREAKING:…

Joe, Bernie, Boris, and more News from home, I mean Nowhere

Welcome to what is an utterly boring Good Friday edition of News from Nowhere! There have been a few things happening this week which I should really get around to talking about today, simply to break the monotony. One of the news items this week is the state of the US presidential race. That race…

Sportspocalypse update: Wimbledon has been cancelled, and other news

Wimbledon has been cancelled! That’s the latest big event to fall to the COVID-19 Sportspocalypse of 2020. The prestigious event is not postponed, not moved. Cancelled completely, for the first time since World War II. Well, I guess it makes sense to cancel it again, because we’re at war, with a virus. Hopefully the war…

Another new low for the sports fans at home: eNASCAR is on FOX today.

Yes, folks, in yet another new low point for suffering sports fans, the best thing on TV this weekend is an eNASCAR race that is supposedly being run from the Texas Motor Speedway. This is the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Racing series, featuring real NASCAR drivers driving a simulated auto race, and with Mike Joy…

Sportspocalypse of 2020 takes down the entire KHL playoffs and the Gagarin Cup

Another one bites the dust. The Kontinental Hockey League (Russia and neighbouring countries) will not resume play at all, their playoffs are now officially cancelled with no Gagarin Cup awarded. Who’s next to cancel the rest of their season? The NHL? UPDATE: NHL have just announced Wednesday they are postponing the Scouting Combine, NHL Awards…

Canada isn’t going to the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo

Our live continuing Sportspocalypse coverage continues with news of the announcement that Canada’s Olympic team is not going to the summer Olympics in Tokyo. They want the Games postponed and are saying it’s unsafe for the athletes to go this summer, and they’re right. Australia has made a similar announcement. This is big, big news…

It’s official: AFL is done

Well, so much for Australian Rules Football keeping itself going. The AFL have just announced right now they are suspending operations to May 31. The West Coast-Melbourne game will be played, and then that is it. I’m watching the press conference right now on TV here in frozen Canada (where it is still Saturday). So…

Aussie sports are basically the biggest sports going in the world these days

Welcome to live continuing Sportspocalypse coverage in the wake of COVID-19. It’s hard to believe it’s been eight full days since that crazy Thursday when March Madness and all those North American sports leagues went down for the count. This should have been a big weekend of NCAA hoops-watching and bracket-busting. Instead, I am watching…

Coronavirus kills Playboy Magazine! 1953-2020. RIP.

This story adds to the heaping pile of really bad news this week: it’s a sad farewell to Playboy Magazine ( the US edition, anyway), which is suspending publication for the rest of the year and presumably forever. They are blaming it on COVID-19, so it would be a pretty ironic way for it to…

Sportspocalypse update: UFC the highlight of an otherwise boring day

Welcome to my live continuing coverage of the Sportspocalypse, a.k.a. the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, due largely to a lack of otherwise viable options sports-wise, I am tuning in to the UFC Fight Night fights from Brasilia. Main event is Charles Oliveria vs. Kevin Lee, which is interesting because Oliveria is the guy who Max Holloway…

Night one of TV sports after the Sportspocalypse was sad, but better than nothing

I dunno about you, but the first night of sports TV after the Wednesday-Thursday “Sportspocalypse” of leagues cancelling their games/seasons/events was downright sad. Rather unbelievably, given the multitude of high-profile sports that were cancelled, I was able to actually find things to watch, including some live poker and horse racing feeds online (yes, horse racing…

Welcome to Friday. It seems like the entire world has shut down!

What a wild day Thursday. I was at the office putting up on Twitter and on our news website story after story about one cancellation after another in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. I had the newsroom TV on to TSN the whole time (hence the screenshot above) as the entire sports world seemed to…