Category: CFL

COVID 19 By the Numbers

          By: Austin Maki      

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Empty Scotiabank Arena, what will be the new norm during the Pandemic

The novel Corona virus, or as it is popularly known as COVID 19, has caused an upheaval in society not seen since the world wars. The short-term effects are being felt presently, the long-term ramifications though will be felt for years to come. We here at Sports Aces website are a sports-based website and we of course we mainly want to focus on the sports side of this. There is however a very real human impact as well.  Let us look at some numbers to try to put in perspective how devastating COVID 19 has been for not only sports, but the entire world.

4.71 Million: Worldwide cases of COVID, including 77,309 confirmed cases in Canada.

15 percent: The amount of the schedule that remained in the NHL regular season before the season was cancelled due to the pandemic. How that gets made up is yet to be determined. The NBA on the other hand had 21 percent of the regular season remaining.

$610,000: The amount of money Major League Baseball is losing from every missed home game this season according to the numbers released by the owners. The MLB season was supposed to start on March 26th and is still yet to get under way.

10,000: That is the number of COVID-19 tests per week Major League Baseball would is hoping to administer and process to return to play. This includes overhauling stadiums and in-game settings to encourage social distancing and play during the pandemic. With testing in the United States limited already, this seems ambitious.

40-5: 40 and 5 represent the amount of rounds that the MLB draft used to be and what it will be, for this season at least because of COVID. What this does to the farm systems of teams and development of baseball players in general.

6.3 million: The viewers for the first episode for the Michael Jordan documentary “The Last Dance” in the United States. The single highest ratting for any television event since the Pandemic started. This number shows how desperate people were to consume anything sports related or new.

25-30 million: The amount of money the salary cap could go down in the National Basketball Association is current economic trends continue due to Corona. The ramifications this would have on team building are almost impossible to comprehend. What would this mean for free agents, or players who recently signed an extension is equally unknown.

1945: The last time Wimbledon was cancelled due to World War 2. It was cancelled this year due to the pandemic.

$869 million: The amount of money the NCAA lost by cancelling the 2020 NCAA tournament. This event makes up almost 3 quarters of the organization’s income. We can take issue with the NCAA’s amateur model, but without question, the loss of so much income will have ripple effects extending to many other college sports.

30 million: Americans have filed unemployment claims since midMarch, the highest number since the great depression of 1918. While not specifically a sports related stat, these are the people that consume sport for entertainment. If they have no disposable income because they do not have a job, where does sport fit into that.  As of the beginning of May, 15 percent of the American work force did not have a job. While Canada has avoided such disastrous numbers thus far, experts predict it might not to be far away. Sports will directly feel this.

$5 million: The amount money raised for COVID related relief projects on May 17th by Rory McIlory, Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler, and Mathew Wolf in a televised skin game.

14 Days: The amount of time any international citizen would have to Self Isolate if entering Canada. After the 14-day period they would be able to rejoin team activities.  

150 million: The amount of money the CFL has asked from the Canadian Federal government to cover operating costs across the next two seasons. The CFL revealed teams were bleeding money at a staggering rate, collectively losing anywhere from $10 to $20 million last season. A major part of there income come from gate revenue, which even with a season, would not exist. The existence of the league itself may be in jeopardy.

Mid-2021: The date Most experts think a vaccine is likely to become available. A vaccine would normally take years, if not decades, to develop. Researchers hope to achieve the same amount of work in only a few months. That would be a huge scientific feat and there are no guarantees it will work.

MOCK TWEET: The numbers behind the COVID 19 pandemic paints a dark picture. In this article we look at some of those numbers and what the mean going forward.

From Long-Time Teammates To Rival Head Coaches

Two old friends, Steinauer and O’Shea, now meet as the opposing Head Coaches in the 2019 Grey Cup

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Winnipeg Blue Bombers head coach Mike O’Shea, left, and Hamilton Tiger-Cats head coach Orlondo Steinauer answer questions during the coaches news conference at the CFL’s Grey Cup week in Calgary

By Raegan Subban

Hamilton Tiger-Cats football operations consultant Jim Barker will have a proud, dad-like moment on Sunday, November 24.

In 2012, Barker was the head coach of the Toronto Argonauts. He took a chance and asked two retired CFL players, with no previous coaching experience, to join his staff. Barker gave the Winnipeg head coach Mike O’Shea and Hamilton’s Orlondo Steinauer their first CFL coaching jobs. Barker knew O’Shea closely from the time he played for him, and knew Steinauer from reputation. However, their relationship did not begin there.

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The Winnipeg Blue Bombers Will Make History as the Dark Horse in the 107th Grey Cup

Both Teams look to end a championship drought, but don’t underestimate the underdogs.

Mike O’Shea (Grey Hoodie – Center) and the Blue Bombers celebrating the Western Division Final Victory

By: Quinn MacDonald

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have a chance to end their 29-year championship drought in the 107th Grey Cup. Winnipeg heads to McMahon Stadium in Calgary to take on the Hamilton Tiger Cats; It’ll be the first time since 1984 that these two franchises face off for the title. 

Hamilton posted a league best 15-3 record, ending the regular season on a 6 game win streak. Winnipeg finished 11-7 with the second most points for with 508 points. 

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The Greatest Grey Cups in CFL History

From the underdogs to coaching battles and to snow storms, here are some of the best moments in the Canadian Football League’s biggest game.

The 77th Grey Cup in 1989. The Hamilton Tiger-Cats vs. the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

By: Victoria Femia

It’s that time of the year again. The weather is getting colder, Christmas is around the corner and the Grey Cup is just days away. For CFL fans, it’s Canada’s greatest week.

The 2019 Grey Cup will consist of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats taking on the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Though this looks to be a good game, there have been some pretty great Grey Cups over the years. 

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The “Drought Bowl” An Intriguing Matchup of Longtime CFL Underdogs

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Dane Evans will make his first Grey Cup start for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Sunday in Calgary.

1999.

That was the last time the Hamilton Tiger-Cats won the Grey Cup.

1990.

That was the last time the Winnipeg Blue Bombers won the Grey Cup.

One of those droughts will come to an end Sunday in Calgary when the two teams tangle in the 107th Grey Cup from McMahon Stadium.

The other will continue for at least another year.

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Hamilton’s top ranked offence pushes Tiger-Cats to the 107th Grey Cup in Calgary

Ticats will play the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in their third attempt for a Grey Cup this century

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The Tiger-Cats defence celebrating after beating the Edmonton Eskimos 36-16 in the Eastern Final 
Photo credit Johany Jutras/CFL.ca

By Harley Kock

It all started in December 2018 when the Hamilton Tiger-Cats hired Rookie Head Coach Orlondo Steinauer. Steinauer came with an excellent resume, a 13 year CFL career as a Safety and 10 years in various coaching positions. Those included a Grey Cup victory as the defensive backs coach in 2012 with the Toronto Argonauts and two Grey Cup losses as the defensive coordinator for the Tiger-Cats in 2013 and 2014.

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