This Week in Sports Social Media is all about hellos and goodbyes where we check in on how our homegrown talent is faring in the madness of Opening Day, we welcome back baseball (or do we?), check in on the latest with our women’s squad heading to the World Cup and wave farewell to a couple of icons.
Brandon Clarke and the Zags in the Elite 8
We’re still not out of the Sweet Sixteen yet but last night Gonzaga punched their ticket to the Elite 8 of the NCAA March Madness tournament and they did it on the strength of Canadian Brandon Clarke. Chipping in a double-double and leading his team on defense, Clarke is making a name for himself and moving up draft boards.
The Blue Jays are Back
While most true fans aren’t optimistic about the Jays chances this season, anyone with a soul can acknowledge that baseball coming back is just fun for everyone. And so what if we don’t have a winner this year. Our core seems as strong as ever and who can say no to a summer afternoon at the ballpark, even if it is the Skydome.
Canadian Women World Cup roster named
Leading into the big tournament this Summer in Paris, the Women’s National Soccer team announced this week who would be taking the field for the team in their FIFA warm up versus England in April. Made up of veterans, expect the lady Canucks to scare the Brits straight and set the stage for a strong showing in Paris.
Canada Basketball says goodbye to coach Triano
No one really saw this coming—especially with the World Cup coming this summer—but this week Canada Basketball and its Senior Mens Head Coach Jay Triano parted ways. While there are rumours of potential outside hires with NBA experience, expect Roy Rana to take the helm after leading the Junior team to its recent heights.
Gronk Retires too
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It all started at 20 years old on stage at the NFL draft when my dream came true, and now here I am about to turn 30 in a few months with a decision I feel is the biggest of my life so far. I will be retiring from the game of football today. I am so grateful for the opportunity that Mr. Kraft and Coach Belichick gave to me when drafting my silliness in 2010. My life experiences over the last 9 years have been amazing both on and off the field. The people I have meet, the relationships I have built, the championships I have been apart of, I just want to thank the whole New England Patriots organization for every opportunity I have been giving and learning the great values of life that I can apply to mine. Thank you to all of Pats Nation around the world for the incredible support since I have been apart of this 1st class organization. Thank you for everyone accepting who I am and the dedication I have put into my work to be the best player I could be. But now its time to move forward and move forward with a big smile knowing that the New England Patriots Organization, Pats Nation, and all my fans will be truly a big part of my heart for rest of my life. It was truly an incredible honor to play for such a great established organization and able to come in to continue and contribute to keep building success. To all my current and past teammates, thank you for making each team every year special to be apart of. I will truly miss you guys. Cheers to all who have been part of this journey, cheers to the past for the incredible memories, and a HUGE cheers to the uncertain of whats next.
While we’re sad to see Coach Triano go, we’re actually really happy to see Rob Gronkowski call it a career this week. Yes, Gronk is probably the best tight end to ever play the game and he may have been able to play his 10th season and beyond but thankfully, he decided to hang ’em up. He took way too many shots to the head over the years so hopefully he’ll enjoy post NFL life unlike many of his peers who don’t know when enough is enough.