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.
First Base - Jet Boat World Championships coming to Taylor
The trend of the Peace Region getting surprisingly big, niche sporting events continues. The 2019 Jet Boat World Championships are coming to Canada in July, 2019. They will start in Whitecourt on July 10, and make their way North, finishing with two days of racing in Taylor on July 20 and 21. Trapper Wolsey, the defending CX World Champion, will get a chacne to defend his title at home.
Second Base - Bucks beat Warriors, Curry leaves game
Don't look now, but the Toronto Raptors have the best record in the NBA. The Milwaukee Bucks beat the Golden State Warriors 134-111 last night, leaving the Warriors with a 10-2 record and the Raptors at 11-1. The Bucks, meanwhile, are now at 9-2, and have beat both the Warriors and Raptors. Most people thought and still expect the Boston Celtics to be the main challenger to teh Raptors in the East, but the Bucks are showing everyone that they're not the same as when Jason Kidd was in charge. Steph Curry had to leave during the game. Curry is having an incredible start to the season and is the early MVP favourite, and an injury would be costly to both the Warriors and his MVP chances, but he's having an MRI today and it looks like he will only miss a couple games, if any.
Third Base - Steelers roll over Panthers
Well, I didn't see that coming. Not that I didn't think the Steelers would play well, but I thought the Panthers would play equally well. Instead, the Steelers won 52-21, their fifth win in a row, and the Panthers gave us the let-down game we've come to expect over the years. Perhaps more impressive than the win was the play of Ben Roethlisberger, who had 328 yards on 22/22 passing and five touchdowns. He only had three incompletions and was incredibly efficient. I don't think this team needs Le'Veon Bell back, though is expected to report next week, and running back James Conner is in the concussion protocol. At this point, if Bell comes back and can mesh with the team and just take 10 snaps with the team, it's a bonus for a team that already looks pretty scary.
Home Base - CFL playoffs begin this weekend
It's that time of year again, when football fans make sure their TV is also flipping between CFL games on Sunday and not just NFL games. Or maybe that's just me. Either way, the CFL playoffs start this Sunday, and the next three weeks should be pretty exciting as the league as a whole is a lot closer than it has been in years passed. That doesn't mean the Stampeders won't just cruise to the Grey Cup again and lose to the worst possible team in spectacular fashion, but at least for now, I actually think the Saskatchewan Roughriders have a chance to represent the West in the Grey Cup. Starting at 11 a.m., the Hamilton Tigercats host the B.C. Lions. I really want to take Hamilton here, but the Lions have two more points than the Ti-Cats and went 6-3 down the stretch. Hamilton, meanwhile, finished the season 2-5. At 2:30 p.m., it's the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in Regina to play the Roughriders. I think this is Saskatchewan's game to lose. At 12-6, they finished just one game back of Calgary, and although I don't understand who on their team is talented, they continued to impress each week down the stretch.
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