Star studded event in Toronto
On Sept. 25, the NBA and the Toronto Raptors announced that they will be hosting the 2016 all-star game weekend for the first time in the organization’s history, according to The Toronto Sun. The all-star game comes in the same year the Raptors will be celebrating their 20th anniversary. “Clearly the 2016 all-star game is a flag in the sand that we planted with the NBA. It is a must-have in my opinion and it will be the centrepiece of how we rebrand this,” Tim Leiweke, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment president and CEO, and owner of the Raptors, told The Sun in May.
Pleasant surprise in Kansas City
The two most surprising teams this year have to be the Kansas City Chiefs and the New York Giants and for two completely different reasons. The two squared off Sunday afternoon on FOX with the Chiefs defeating the Giants improving their record to 4-0. They have already doubled their win total from last year after going 2-14 in 2012. Oddly enough, two of its big players, quarterback Alex Smith and head coach Andy Reid, were basically run out of town from their previous teams in San Francisco (Smith) and in Philadelphia (Reid). The two have found success together in Kansas City where expectations weren’t very high.
A New York nightmare
For a team that’s won two Super Bowls in six years, championships are looking even further away for the New York Giants, after losing to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday afternoon, leaving them with and 0-4 record. Quarterback Eli Manning is getting no time to throw from his offensive line and with injuries on the defensive side this season, it might get worse before it gets better for the Giants.
MLB postseason picture still blurry
Even though the regular season had ended Sunday night, the issue of who will be playing who in the playoffs is not settled. In the American league, there was a tie between the Tampa Bay Rays and Texas Rangers for the final spot. The two will play in a one game play-in, where the winner will play the Cleveland Indians in the do-or-die wildcard game. In the National League, the Cincinnati Reds will play the Pittsburgh Pirates in the wildcard game where the winner will play the St. Louis Cardinals in the playoffs. The only matchups that are finalized are between division winners. In the National League, the Los Angeles Dodgers will take on the Atlanta Braves. In the American league, the Detroit Tigers will take on the Oakland Athletics in one series and the Boston Red Sox will have to wait to play either the Rays, Rangers or Indians in the other series.
Can it be Tuesday yet?
The NHL season is almost upon us and what a better way to start the season with the Montreal Canadiens taking on the Toronto Maple Leafs Tuesday night at the Bell Centre. The game can be seen on CBC and RDS and heard on 98.5 FM and TSN Radio 690 AM in Montreal.