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I have a confession to make

Morning, folks.

About a year ago, I unplugged from cable television. The only thing I was watching on traditional TV was live sports — in particular, the Jets and Bombers. Mostly because I get paid to do that, ha-ha.

Then when the pandemic hit and there were no live sports to watch, I cancelled my streaming subscriptions to TSN and Sportsnet. Like a lot of folks, I went into Netflix mode when we were instructed to stay at home.

When the weather got nice and we were allowed to go outside to play, I pretty much stopped watching TV altogether.

Man, it’s been a great summer, weather-wise. (Tossing out the last couple of days)

When the NHL and the Jets returned to play in late July/early August, I re-subscribed to Sportsnet — it’s $20 a month, if your’re wondering. No, I did not get half back when I cancelled again two weeks later after the Jets were ousted by the Flames.

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The Calgary Flames and the Winnipeg Jets shake hands following NHL qualifying round game action in Edmonton, on Thursday August 6, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

So, there you have it — I have not watched a single moment of sports since Aug 6. The closest thing to athletics I’ve watched was Eco-Challenge Fiji on Amazon Prime. In case you haven’t seen it, there’s a team of Winnipeggers who competed in the event. The True North team of Alex Man and his daughter Becca Aysan-Man; Philip Roadley and his son Logan Roadley; and Jayson Gillespie are truly inspiring to get you off the couch.

I wouldn’t typically watch much sports in August anyways — just the Bombers, and well…

But Steve, you’re the sports editor — shouldn’t you be watching all these games?! Shhhh, the boss might be reading this. I keep up to speed by reading about sports, watching video highlights on a couple of apps and chatting with Mike McIntyre every week during our Jetcetera podcast.

I have been pondering a reboot of Sportsnet. Afterall, the Stanley Cup final will be starting soon and the Jays — except for last night — are kicking the Yankees on a regular basis. The next month of sports should be quite fascinating, with titles to be determined in three major sports leagues. I suppose that’s worth $20 and some of my time. What do you think?

I’m curious what you folks have been doing when it comes to watching sports. Please see the poll below, or let me know by replying to this mailing or sending me an email here.

Sunny skies and warmer temps for the rest of the week. Enjoy it while you can!

Our coverage

• Progress on pitch: For the second straight year, Winnipeg’s professional soccer club finished near the bottom of the Canadian Premier League table. But unlike last year’s disastrous season, head coach Rob Gale and captain Dylan Carreiro tell Taylor Allen they believe there’s a lot to be excited about and Valour FC is heading down the right path;

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There will be no big finish at IG Field this year for the Manitoba Marathon. The event, already postponed by the COVID-19 pandemic, will now take place as a virtual event.

Gave it a good run: The pandemic-delayed Manitoba Marathon is staging a virtual event in 2020 after the idea of holding a more traditional but scaled back event next month became too unwieldy. Executive director Rachel Munday said the marathon will need continued public support for a healthy return in 2021;

Stickwork: NHL draft prospect Owen Pederson is eagerly awaiting a return to play in the WHL. He didn’t have the option to go to Europe like Winnipeg Ice teammate Connor McClennon but he would have considered it.

 

What we’re reading

On point: How the Lightning got one of the greatest draft steals of all-time: Steve Yzerman and Al Murray went to a WHL playoff game in 2012 to watch Morgan Rielly. But the more they watched Rielly, the more they liked Brayden Point. Luckily, a little more than the Minnesota Wild liked him;

Tee time: How golf won a bet the coronavirus would not squelch its U.S. Open; 

Let’s make a deal: 25 NHL trade candidates you’ll hear about this off-season;

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