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 - Jimmy Butler goes off on Minnesota Timberwolves teammates
The curious situation with Jimmy Butler and the Timberwolves took a strange turn this week. Butler still hasn't been traded since asking for one three weeks ago, and so he showed up for practice, the first time all year, and called out his teammates and coaches during a scrimmage. He then did an interview on ESPN talking about the matter. It's frustrating, interesting, and entertaining, depending on how you feel about the situation. I wish everyone could get along, especially since Karl Anthony-Towns and Butler could do great things together as teammates, but that doesn't seem to be possible, and who am I to know why the situation has gotten this bad. Butler is just taking things into his hand, determined to make the situation as unbearable as possible, so the team has no chance but to trade him. Like it or not, he's at least being effective.
Second Base - Thank You Canada Tour lands in Dawson Creek this weekend
Fresh off their amazing run at the 2018 Winter Olympics, the Canadian figure skating team, including Tessa Virtue, Scott Moir, and Patrick Chan, as well as legends such as Elvis Stojko, will perform at the Encana Events Centre this weekend, Oct. 14. It's part of their nation-wide Thank You Canada Tour, designed to thank the fans for all their support of the figure skaters these past couple years. It's sure to be an emotional, nostalgic, and thrilling show, featuring the best in the world doing what they do.
Third Base - Boxers headed to Grande Prairie this weekend
Five local boxers will have their first test of the season this weekend in Grande Prairie. Nick Young and Brayden Sims, fighting for Fivestar Boxing Academy, are hoping to win provincial and national titles this season, and this weekend's fights will be the first step on that journey. Kaden Parent has an official fight as well, while Lincoln Pomeroy has an exhibition match and young Cruz Gordon a fun-box bout.
Home Base - Goals per game in the NHL are way up
I talked about this yesterday as it applies to the Toronto Maple Leafs, but really, goals are up all around the NHL. Through 41 games, teams are combining for an average of 6.41 goals per game. The first 45 games of the 2017-18 season, also a high-scoring anomally at that time, had an average of 6.09 goals per game. Many people are trying to decide why this is happening. I'm not as interested in that, and I think the scoring will cool off a bit, but six goals a game is a likely average for the season. What strikes me is what the scoring is doing to the watchability of these games. Sure, when teams are trading goals every two minutes, the games are entertaining and you never know whose going to win. However, teams aren't scoring good goals, and it makes the game maddening to watch. There's been eight games this year where a team has scored seven goals — that's almost a quarter of the games. I don't mean to be the guy whose against scoring and fun. Scoring is good, and high scoring games are great. Mostly, I just want to see better goaltending and defence, and I'm also just nervous because I don't think the Toronto Maple Leafs can keep winning games 7-6 all year.
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