Sports Jack Todd: F1 race in Montreal is not worth the COVID-19 risk
COVID-19 live updates: Quebec reports 1,252 new cases, 4 deaths
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What a dumpster of a week.
Ontario has become Brazil — without the fun.
Canada’s athletes must be praying the Tokyo Olympics are cancelled so they don’t have to parade around in jean jackets that look like they were scrounged from Doug Ford’s dumpster.
The Canadiens? They’re playing like they think the season is already in the dumpster.
And the 2021 Montreal Grand Prix needs to be tossed in the dumpster.
Taking it from the bottom of the dumpster up : There is no reason to allow 1,300 Formula One personnel to fly from Azerbaijan to Montreal to hold a race without spectators on June 13. Montreal health officials turned thumbs down on the race because of COVID-19, leading to premature reports that the race was cancelled.
‘Bridgerton’ Cast: What Rege-Jean, Phoebe and More Look Like in Real Life
Another scoop worthy of Lady Whistledown’s Society Papers: The cast of Bridgerton is nearly unrecognizable outside of the show. The Netflix series, which premiered in December 2020, quickly won over viewers with its grand set pieces and lavish 19th-century aesthetics. The actors, including Phoebe Dynevor, Regé-Jean Page, Jonathan Bailey and Nicola Coughlan, were relative newcomers to many when Bridgerton became the most successful show in the streaming platform’s history. So, seeing what the stars look like in the real world is surprising — to say the least. Part of the magic that makes Bridgerton feel authentic as a period piece comes from the costumes. “Basically, all together, inclusive of our principal wardrobe, there were costume pieces equaling 7,500,” costume designer Ellen Mirojnick told Harper’s Bazaar in December 2020, noting that the figure refers to individual items rather than outfits. “It’s kind of like cooking. You need to have the ingredients to be able to make the costume that’s necessary.” The creatives behind the show, which is based on Julia Quinn’s book series, brought new life to the characters by infusing the Regency era “with a bit of a modern sensibility,” thanks to embellishments, bright colors and more contemporary twists. “Make it aspirational, intriguing, and with somewhat of a layer that would actually be very imaginative,” Mirojnick explained. Hair and makeup factored into the cast’s transformations too.
It wasn’t — but it will have to be cancelled. Early reports also indicated that the contract for the years 2022 to 2029 might be cancelled if the race wasn’t run this year, but that apparently is not the case.
So where is the upside for Montreal in hosting the F1 circus this season? There is none. There would be no influx of tourists, there would be no parties on Crescent St., there would be no packed restaurants and bars. A couple of international hotel chains would profit and that’s it — and for that we’d have to allow more than a thousand globe-trotting individuals, some possibly carrying lethal variants, into our city? Thanks — but no thanks.
Next up, your Montreal Canadiens .of a game against the Ottawa Senators, the shots on goal were 8-6, Montreal. Thirty minutes of hockey, 14 shots, two goals. Both of them scored by the Senators on Carey Price, who looked like he might just about do as Jake Allen’s backup.
Veteran forwards Kyle Turris, Paul Byron put on waivers
Once reliable scoring options, Byron and Turris have seen their stocks fall dramatically the past few seasons.For Bishop and the Senators, this is a simple move to regain the roster flexibility they have had for most of the season. After clearing waivers before the season began, Bishop was able to move freely between the active roster and taxi squad depending on need, saving the Senators some cash on off days. His exempt status expired earlier this month, meaning he needed to clear again to be assigned to the taxi squad. With just three points in 12 games, Bishop is likely to clear again.
Yes, the Canadiens were playing the second game of a back-to-back in less than 24 hours. But the Calgary Flames had done the same earlier in the week, beating the Leafs in Toronto Tuesday and then flying in to lay a whupping on the Habs the next night.
The numbers are grim: 2-4-0 on a six-game homestand. Outscored 20-9 on home ice. Seven games without heart-and-soul Brendan Gallagher and the Canadiens have scored a total of 11 goals while getting shut out twice — and four of those goals came in Monday’s win over the Leafs.
If you’re a fan, it’s doubly maddening. Give up on them, and the Habs drub Toronto. Get your hopes up, and they can’t score against Ottawa. Worse, apart from Gallagher’s broken thumb, they’re mostly healthy, so it’s hard to find excuses for their miserable play.
Fans who wanted Claude Julien out are even more miserable, because the team was significantly better under Julien than it is with Dominique Ducharme as coach. The Canadiens were 9-5-4 under Julien, they’re now 10-9-5 under Ducharme.
IndyCar 2021 race predictions: Newgarden's fast start, Rossi's 2nd Indy 500 set up epic finale
Race-by-race predictions for the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series season ends with Josef Newgarden winning his third championship.Because even when factoring in the oddities of a pandemic-plagued season where the series missed eight of the 16 tracks it was supposed to visit and ran 11 combined races on five other tracks, I didn’t land any of my race winners.
The only hope is that Gallagher returns for the playoffs, although he has struggled in his recovery from previous hand injuries.
That this team relies so heavily on Gallagher for leadership as well as scoring doesn’t say much for Shea Weber and the other veterans. You can’t blame Eric Staal, bless him, because he just arrived and where the mind might be eager, the body simply can’t do it anymore. And you can’t blame Corey Perry, who has given the Canadiens more than they had any right to respect.
But with the exception of Jeff Petry, the veterans who have been here longer have had little to offer — and that includes, in particular, Price and Weber. Price’s up-and-down play doesn’t add up to much except worries over his contract. When a fan of the female persuasion was cooing over Price’s bone structure on Twitter Saturday, I suggested that perhaps he should try stopping pucks with his bone structure, because nothing else seems to work.
Price, at least, has had some good stretches. That’s not the case with Weber. Fans think he’s done, but I have thought it more likely that Weber is playing hurt. An injury, however, doesn’t account for the howlers. Weber is now good for one or two or three a game, mistakes that would get a lesser player nailed to the bench for a month.
NHL evaluating alternate plans for North Division's playoff setup
As the Stanley Cup Playoffs creep closer and closer and there has been no change at the Canadian border, it is seeming more and more likely that there will be some form of relocation in the postseason. TSN’s Darren Dreger reports that the NHL is not rushing to any conclusions, waiting to see if border policies are relaxed, but have to evaluate alternative plans for the North Division winner to be able to compete in the semifinals and Cup Final this season.
Yes, the Canadiens are playing through a pandemic. It’s tough on everyone, tougher still when your young centremen and a raft of other players aren’t scoring and your All-World goaltender is playing like he’s barely All-Brossard.
When this is over, Geoff Molson needs to take a long, hard look at the entire organization. He should take his time, but there can be no sacred cows. And that includes the goaltender, the defenceman, the coach and the GM.
Heroes : Wilfried Nancy, Mason Toye, Romell Quioto, Victor Wanyama, Djordje Mihailovic, Artemi Panarin, J.T. Miller, Tyler Toffoli, Jake Allen, Cole Caufield, Steph Curry, Daniel Evans, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Larry Doby &&&& last but not least, Jackie Robinson.
Zeros : Canada’s Tokyo Olympic gear, Max Domi, Tony DeAngelo, Novak Djokovic, Daniel Marino, MegaGym 24H, the Department of Player Safety, UFC, George Springer, Ron MacLean, Claude Brochu, David Samson &&&& last but not least, Jeffrey Loria.
Now and forever.
NASCAR announces new format for All-Star race at Texas, leaving many confused .
The NASCAR All-Star Race is getting a bit of a makeover to its format this season along with a move to Texas Motor Speedway.After moving the All-Star Race from Charlotte Motor Speedway to Bristol Motor Speedway last season for COVID-19-related reasons, the race will be held for the first time at Texas Motor Speedway on June 13.