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COVID 19 By the Numbers

          By: Austin Maki      

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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.

A Championship Year for the Toronto Raptors.

In the span of one year Canada became a threat to the world of sports, specifically basketball. The Toronto Raptors showed the rest of the NBA they are a winning team.

Kawhi Leonard #2 of the Toronto Raptors hits the game-winning shot against the Philadelphia 76ers during Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2019 NBA Playoffs on May 12, 2019 at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

By: Victoria Femia

This year consisted of some of the craziest moments we’ve seen in sports. But for Canadians this year was historic. 

Holding the top spot, as probably Canada’s ultimate moment of the decade, is the Toronto Raptors winning their first ever Championship.

With Kawhi Leonard coming off an injury season with the Spurs in which he only played  9 games and Toronto trading away one of their stars, DeMar DeRozan, people were not expecting the Raptors to make it far.

But doubts against the team started to fade as Toronto maintained a spot high up in the Eastern Conference standings. 

After coming off a 58-24 regular season, it was time for playoffs. 

The first round against the Orlando Magic came and gone, but the second round was a back and forth battle that ended in dramatic fashion.

The series went to game 7 against the Philadelphia 76ers, and it was an iconic game.

With 4 seconds left, the Raptors had possession on the inbound and the game plan? get the ball to Kawhi Leonard.

Marc Gasol inbounded the ball to Leonard who took it to the corner, shot it and hoped for the best. The ball dramatically bounced from each side of the rim before finally going through the hoop. 

This was the first game 7 buzzer-beater in NBA history, which led to its name, “The Shot.

Tears were shed by the 76ers, Joel Embiid specifically, and just like that the Raptors had moved on to the Eastern Conference finals to face the Milwaukee Bucks.

Given that Toronto was 1-4 against the Bucks in the regular season, most people thought Milwaukee would take the series. It started out with Milwaukee winning the first two games which made people doubt Toronto even more.

But the unpredictable Toronto Raptors went on to win the next 4 games to close out the Bucks and win the Eastern Conference title. 

Toronto was so close to a title and the city was electric, every game thousands of fans filled the outside of the Scotiabank Arena, aka Jurassic Park to cheer on their team. 

The Raptors went on to face the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals.

The whole Raptor team had stepped up tremendously during the playoffs, Norman Powell turned into “playoff Powell,” racking up points for Toronto. Fred VanVleet was consistently hitting clutch threes along with Marc Gasol. Pascal Siakam was averaging 20 points per game and Leonard was averaging 28 points in the playoffs. 

Toronto dismantled Golden State player by player. An injured Kevin Durant tried to make an early return to the series to attempt to save the Warriors from losing but failed as he ruptured his achilles. Then Klay Thompson tried desperately to keep them alive in game 6 but he left the game with a torn ACL. It was all up to Steph Curry, who was noticeably exhausted. 

Raptors took full advantage of the injury riddled Warriors, winning game 6 114-110 and went on to win their first NBA Championship. 

After the game the crowd cheered for Leonard as he hoisted up his second Finals MVP trophy. 

To celebrate their first title, over one million fans crowded the streets of downtown Toronto and about 100,000 packed Nathan Phillips Square and the surrounding streets at the Raptors Championship parade.

The Raptors ambassador, Drake, was of course in attendance celebrating with the team on their bus. 

At the end of the ceremony Leonard gave a speech to the crowd telling them to “enjoy this moment and have fun with it,” he then mocked himself by doing his own infamous laugh.

Not long after, Marc Gasol completed a historic double by winning the World Cup with Spain. The Raptors centre became the 2nd player to win an NBA title and a FIBA world gold medal in the same year.

It was the perfect way to cap off a Championship year for the Toronto Raptors.

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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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