Around The Bases – Your trip around the world in sports for January 11, 2019

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The daily sports news cycle is crazier than ever. Don't have the stamina to keep up to speed? Around The Bases is your daily morning destination to stay in the know on the biggest stories in both local and professional sports. We’ll start at first base with an intriguing story or event, and bring you home with a must-read story in the North Peace sports scene.

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First Base - NHL All-Star jerseys made out of marine plastic waste

Adidas unveiled the jerseys for the upcoming NHL All-Star game yesterday. The look is simple, they're black and white, and will feature the logo of the player's NHL team, which I don't mind and is better than the generic symbols they usually come up with. However, the big talking point is that these jerseys are made of plastic waste material from the ocean. I wouldn't have figured the NHL to lead the way in this issue, but it's a cool thing and could bring some positive attention to the league. What do you think of the look of the jerseys?

Second Base - Flyers lose to short-benched Athletics

The Fort St. John Senior Flyers hosted the Grande Prairie Athletics last night, in a key divisional showdown in hopes to make up some ground on the second-place Athletics. Instead, the Flyers were beaten soundly, 6-3, by a Grande Prairie team that had only 12 skaters. The Flyers had just 15 and were without Rick Cleaver and Adam Horst, which no doubt made a big impact, but it feels like an excuse as much as anything. 

Third Base - Rick Nash announces retirement

Rick Nash, the first-overall draft pick in 2002 and longtime Columbus Blue Jackets and New York Rangers forward, announced his retirement from the NHL yesterday due to lingering concussion symptoms. Nash was 34, and was also without a team at the time of his retirement, and his on-ice performance had slowed down considerably in recent years. Though Nash showed flashes of greatness throughout his career, the fact he had just 805 points in 1,060 points show that he never reached his full potential. 

Home Base - NFL divisional round matchups

The NFL playoffs began last weekend with an awesome wildcard round, and the action returns this weekend with four divisional round games. My excitement for this weekend is through the roof. All four games have potential to be great, and we should see more offense than we did a week ago. It's unlikely that three road teams will win this time around, but there will be some key upsets. I think either the Colts will beat the Chiefs or the Eagles will be the Saints. I'm not exactly making a bold statement here, but I do think a one-seed will lose this weekend, with the Colts being the more likely team to do it. The game on Sunday morning between the Chargers and Patriots should be the most exciting and anticipated. Every stat points to the Chargers winning, except that the Pats haven't lost at home this season (the Chargers haven't lost on the road) and the fact that the Patriots always find a way to get things done. Then there are my L.A. Rams hosting the Dallas Cowboys on Saturday night. This will no doubt be a tough game, but the Rams are ready and up for the challenge, and will find a way to beat an impressive Dallas defence. 

Around the Bases runs Monday through Friday. If you have a news tip or story to share, email Dillon Giancola at sports@ahnfsj.ca

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