1st Down: The Major League Baseball postseason just got a little bit more interesting. More this season, teams that have traveled into Canada to take on the Toronto Blue Jays have had to do so without any of their unvaccinated players. However, according to reports, it seems as if the nation will be abandoning its requirement for the vaccine by the end of September, meaning that the Blue Jays could be set to face full-force teams at home during the MLB Playoffs. This would also, of course, affect other sports, but that would obviously come later.
2nd Down: College football has seen a ton of realignment in recent years, and it looks like that train isn’t quite done rolling. Amazon, according to sources, is interested in obtaining rights for three conferences at the moment, with the Pac 12, Big 12, and Big 10 all on the table for them. This would be a major impact on any teams within those conferences, so should Amazon choose one conference over another it could mean that bigger teams from other two jump ship to get some of that money from the commerce giant. One part of the deal concerns how many high-profile teams’ games are included, so it could ultimately decide which conference is selected.
3rd Down: Nick Chubb has taken some responsibility, perhaps a little bit unnecessarily, for his Cleveland Browns’ loss on Sunday to the New York Jets. The Browns were up by 13 after Chubb scored a touchdown with 1:55 on the clock, seemingly wrapping up the contest. The Jets didn’t have any timeouts, so Chubb could have fallen and kept the clock running as they went to a comfortable win. But he didn’t, and he’s now taken blame. While it’s admirable, somewhat, the team still had plenty of chances to prevent the furious comeback, so you can’t heap all the blame on his shoulders.
4th Down: The Colorado Avalanche are coming off the back of winning the Stanley Cup, and they are going to do everything in their power to go back-to-back this year. They went a long way toward securing their future on Tuesday by extending forward Nathan MacKinnon’s deal another eight years. The deal is said to be worth $100.8 million over that time, making him the highest-paid player in the NHL currently. The 27 year-old scored 13 postseason goals last campaign and has notched 242 goals and 406 assists thus far in his career. That’s the most of anyone he was drafted with, showing just how good and valuable he’s been.