This Week in Sports Social Media was an emotional one. From tragedies to triumphs, athletes across the digital world brought us to the brink of tears, thankfully with a side of cheers.
An 8 Year Old Pens an Obit
GLORY is here to champion women’s sports but its clear that we also need the fans to show up and show support too. Unfortunately this didn’t happen in the case of the CWHL who closed up shop this week after struggling to make the league work financially compelling, and 8 year-old Jordyn to put her disappointment down on paper.
Ladies Finally Tee off at Augusta
Whoever said progress was a slow process was definitely talking about Augusta National Golf Club. While maintaining status as one of the top clubs in the world, it’s also one of the least open to change, having only let women become members in 2012. Fast forward to 2019 and this week saw the first Women’s tournament with the Augusta National Women’s Amateur Championship being played as a prelude to the Masters next week and we couldn’t be happier for Brigitte Thibault who is the lone Canadian in the field of 72.
RJ and Zion Bounced From The Madness
This weekend the Final Four goes down in Minnesota—yes Minnesota—but contrary to the beliefs of everyone from Barack Obama to Jimmy Fallon, Duke won’t be there. Powered by Canadian RJ Barrett and man-child Zion Williamson, everyone and their mothers assumed Duke would take the title this year and while they were the first players in nearly a decade to be on the same team and achieve All-American status, it wasn’t enough to cut the nets.
Pillar shipped South
While we can’t say we feel bad for him (he’s off to play for a competitive team after all), we do appreciate the emotion. The Jays just may lose 100 games this year but that didn’t stop Kevin Pillar from balling his eyes out in front of the media on his way out the door acknowledging his love for Canada and the only team he ever knew.
Triple 20 for Nipsey
This week players showed out in droves as tragedy struck the hip hop community with the murder of Grammy nominated Nipsey Hussle in Los Angeles. From tattoos to messages on sneakers to social media tributes from everyone in the sports world from Lebron to Kaepernick to Kawhi. Leave it to Russel Westbrook to top them all with the ultimate tribute with the first Triple-Twenty since Wilt Chamberlain did it way back when with 20 points, 20 rebounds and 21 assists, an unreal line—like most of Nipsey’s.