The flag football league went on as scheduled. 

By Dan Gartland
June 11, 2019

Raptors fever has swept across all of Canada

Need more evidence that the entire country of Canada is getting behind the Raptors? Look no further than Regina, Saskatchewan.

After a Game 4 watch party attracted more than 2,500 people to a downtown plaza, city officials decided to open up the football stadium and show the game on the big screen there. The scene was absolutely incredible.

According to the company that runs the stadium, more than 13,000 people showed up to the stadium to watch the game. (UPDATE: The official figure was 13,838.) The Regina metro area has a population of over 236,000 people, which means about 5% of the area’s residents were in the house to cheer on the Raps.

The real winners of the night, though, were the players in the local co-ed flag football league, whose games went on as scheduled on the field.

You have to feel for KD

Kevin Durant’s return was supposed to inject some added intrigue into the NBA Finals, but it only lasted 12 minutes. KD hobbled back to the locker room after re-injuring his lower leg in nearly the same way he originally hurt himself.

Unfortunately, the injury itself was not the same. You didn’t have to be a doctor to tell from this close-up view that something bad had happened.

Warriors GM Bob Myers got choked up while announcing to the media that Durant had injured his Achilles tendon.

Credit to KD, though, for keeping his spirits high after a devastating injury.

Weak sauce

Pirates starter Joe Musgrove was ejected after throwing a first-inning pitch that hit Josh Donaldson (in the shirt).

The benches cleared, predictably, and home plate umpire Brian Gorman tossed Musgrove, Donaldson and Pirates manager Clint Hurdle.

Jameson Taillon, Musgrove’s teammate, rightfully called out Gorman for screwing the Pirates’ pitchers with his quick trigger finger.

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Around the sports world

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Bad night for this guy

Drake didn’t cover his Warriors tattoos

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How has no one done this before?

OBJ in the stands

The Phillies and D-Backs set a record with 13 combined homers

What did the racket do to you, bud?

Moment of prayer for David Ortiz at Fenway

First look at the new Madden gameplay

Oh fun, another football league that will fail

I’m shocked this isn’t in America

Lighten up, Kruky

Not sports

Scientists discovered a plant that eats baby salamanders. ... A missing $450 million painting believed to be the work of Leonardo Da Vinci is reportedly being stashed on the Saudi crown prince’s yacht. ... Some guy claims to have seen Avengers: Endgame 103 times. That’s over 300 hours in the movie theater since April 26.

Even the Amish can do donuts

They’re making an Avengers video game

A good song

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