Freedom from COVID-19 still a ways off in many places in the world

Optimism is in the air. The COVID-19 pandemic is coming to an end in my part of the world, Canada, thanks to a robust vaccine rollout. Here, the Canadian Football League even announced it is returning Aug. 5! That’s a sure sign life here is finally, at long last, getting back to normal. Not so…

CFL is poised to end its long shutdown, finally

The Canadian Football League votes on Monday on proceeding with August 5 as a date to start the 2021 season. I’m confident they will give the go-ahead — in fact I would be shocked if they didn’t, given the decline in COVID-19 cases we are seeing across the country. It looks like Saskatchewan and Alberta…

Netanyahu out in Israel after 12 years

I am watching the news coverage right now of the vote in the Knesset to oust Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and replace his government with a multi-party coalition with Naftali Bennett installed as prime minister. This was coming for a while, and it’s been interesting to see this whole drama play out in Israel…

Scary movies racking up all the dough at the box office

I haven’t posted about the movie box office in a while. Maybe I should, because it surely seems like the pandemic at the cinemas is, ahem, over. The weekend hauls in North America these past two weeks look more and more like what you might normally see on a regular basis at the cinemas. It’s…

The fans are finally back at NHL arenas, and it’s about time!

You know, these Stanley Cup playoffs have so far proved a stark contrast between the United States, where sporting venues have opened up thanks to mass vaccinations, versus Trudeau’s “One-Dose” Canada, or as I refer to it, “Shutdown Nation”. While venues in Tampa, Carolina, Nashville, Vegas et al. have had buildings with lots of fans…

Happy day off, folks. Sports roundup for Monday

Today is a holiday here in “Shutdown Nation” (a.k.a. Canada), so I have been spending my day at home, trying to get good at poker both by playing it online and by watching poker on TV. Heck, there’s nothing better to do here today, especially since it’s raining. This is going to serve as my…

Joe Rogan is getting dumped on by the angry mob, AGAIN

So let me get this straight… Joe Rogan is getting dumped on by the Twitter mob because he went on his podcast with Joe List recently and said “you can never be woke enough, that’s the problem. It keeps going. It keeps going further and further and further down the line, and if you get…

“Miss Universe” is on tonight — but not on network TV

The Miss Universe Pageant is on right now from Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Florida, and I almost missed it! The reason is because this show is not on U.S. network TV anymore. Instead, it’s on some channel I have never heard of called FYI (?), which my cable system doesn’t have. This,…

I almost forgot — the Oscars are tonight.

Tonight is the Academy Awards. I know they are getting piled on by the right-leaning people who are as always fed up with all the arrogance and virtue-signaling out of Hollywood, but I do have to give the Academy props for refusing to give in to the “Shutdown Nation” mob and for actually putting on…

The European Super League has imploded! Big win for all soccer fans!

I was wondering what to put up as the big story this week — Derek Chauvin being found guilty of murder in the George Floyd case, or this European Super League nonsense. In the end I decided it’s this Super League nonsense, because it was earth-shattering for the sports world — while it lasted. Ha,…

Now, my last word on the lousy Jake Paul-Ben Askren “fight”

All the hype this weekend in combat sports was about this “Triller” fight between supposed Disney Channel and YouTube personality Jake Paul against ex-MMA fighter Ben Askren. To me, this sure looked like yet another new low for the sport of boxing. It seems like boxing is racing to the bottom in an all-out attempt…

Welcome to Canada, a.k.a. the Lockdown Nation

Well, it has been a particularly tough week for the COVID-19 pandemic situation here in Canada. Our vaccine rollout has gone so slowly that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau received some uncharacteristic hammering in the press from the likes of Jake Tapper at CNN over the lack of supplies. Meanwhile, Israel and the UK are opening…

A sad day: the death of Prince Philip

The story of today is that Prince Philip, husband to the Queen, has died. Sad news, sad day. Funeral next week. It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this…

My last word – for now – on the CFL and XFL

Now up is my column on the talks between the CFL and XFL and why it sure looks similar to the talks between the NFL and AFL so many years ago. I think this is all I’m going to say about the CFL and XFL for now, at least until we have more concrete information….

Another frustrating pandemic Easter News from Nowhere

Welcome to News from Nowhere for what is a pandemic Easter 2021. Just like we had a Pandemic Easter in 2020! I don’t know about you, but I am really sick and tired of the pandemic. Now we have variants on the loose, and those are really wreaking havoc and causing lockdown situations in the…

A terrible day down in Colorado.

I’ve been tuning in today to the live coverage of the horrible and upsetting news of the mass shooting at a supermarket in Boulder, Colorado. Ten people, including a police officer, are now confirmed dead. What is it about the Denver area that brings out the crazy mass shooters? You wouldn’t think this place would…

The NHL is finally back on ESPN! Seven year deal announced today.

Big broadcasting news out of ESPN! They have grabbed a portion of the US rights to the National Hockey League. It’s a seven year deal, and for four of those years they will also show the Stanley Cup final on ABC. Maybe this will force ESPN to actually provide decent coverage to hockey for a…