Yes, LeBron James now is the NBA’s all-time leading scorer, having passed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on Tuesday night. . . . And you’ve likely heard lots about it all by now. . . . But if you haven’t seen this already, give it a read. It’s a piece by the always literate Abdul-Jabbar and it’s titled: What I Think About LeBron Breaking My NBA Scoring Record. . . . Oh, and it’s beyond excellent. . . . At one point, Abdul-Jabbar writes: “If I had a choice of having my scoring record remain intact for another 100 years or spend one afternoon with my grandchildren, I’d be on the floor in seconds stacking Legos and eating Uncrustables.” . . . His essay is right here.
You may be aware that there is a football game of some note scheduled to be played on Sunday. In his Wednesday musings, Jack Finarelli, aka The Sports Curmudgeon, touched on a couple of things that are part and parcel of that game — advertising and gambling.
FOX-TV has sold out its commercial time slots at US$7 million per 30 seconds, which is why the network expects to show a profit of $500 million from the game.
The curmudgeonly one points out that the biggest advertiser on Sunday will be Anhueuser-Busch, which has bought three minutes worth of time. This year, though, one of last year’s prominent advertisers will be nowhere in sight.
“There will be a conspicuous product absence this year, too,” he writes. “If you recall, last year’s Super Bowl game featured a whole bunch of ads for cryptocurrency. This year there is no representation from that product segment for the game or for the pregame according to a statement released by FOX. I think I will miss crypto ads this year because I really want to know from Matt Damon what comes after: ‘Fortune favors the brave.’ ”
His complete Wednesday piece is right here, and he also touches on just how much money is expected to be wagered on Sunday’s game.
WEDNESDAY’S WHL HIGHLIGHTS:
F Jagger Firkus scored three times to help the host Moose Jaw Warriors to a 6-3 victory over the Edmonton Oil Kings. . . . Firkus, who has 28 goals, broke a 1-1 tie at 19:41 of the first period, then made it 3-1 at 15:41 of the second. His third goal, at 1:55 of the third, gave his guys a 4-2 lead and stood up as the winner. . . . F Ryder Korczak helped the winners with three assists. . . . F Atley Calvert, who is from Moose Jaw, scored his 31st goal of the season for the Warriors. He is three goals shy of the Warriors’ record for most goals in one season by a Moose Jaw native (F David Bararuk 2001-02). . . . The Warriors (33-16-3) have won three in a row. They are fourth in the Eastern Conference, once point behind the Saskatoon Blades, who will start a B.C. Division trek on Friday in Kamloops. . . . The Oil Kings now are 8-39-3. . . .
The Prince George Cougars jumped out to a 2-0 lead with a pair of first-period PP goals just 36 seconds apart en route to a 7-2 victory over the visiting Kelowna Rockets. . . . The Cougars had beaten the Rockets, 5-1, on Tuesday night. . . . F Chase Wheatcroft led the winners with two goals and an assist. He has 32 goals and 37 assists in 48 games this season. He is on an 11-game point streak — nine goals and 12 assists. . . . F Koehn Ziemmer scored his 30th goal for the Cougars. That gives him back-to-back 30-goal seasons. . . . The Cougars, who are to visit Kelowna on Friday, held a 43-17 edge in shots. . . . Prince George (23-21-4) has won four in a row. The Cougars are sixth in the Western Conference, two points behind the Everett Silvertips. . . . Kelowna (17-28-3) is eighth, four points ahead of the Victoria Royals. . . .
D Ben Zloty drew three assists as the host Winnipeg Ice skated past the Calgary Hitmen, 8-2. . . . Zloty now is tied with F Riley Heidt of the Princee George Cougars for the WHL lead in assists, with 48, one more than D Denton Mateychuk of the Moose Jaw Warriors and two up on F Connor Bedard of the Regina Pats. . . . Zloty has 56 points, one behind D Lukas Dragicevic of the Tri-City Americans, who is No. 1 among defencemen. . . . The Ice got two goals from F Connor Geekie (23) and a goal and two assists from each of F Zack Ostapchuk (16) and F Evan Friesen (8). . . . G Daniel Hauser got the victory with 22 saves. He is 25-3-1 this season, and 66-6-3 for his career. . . . D Wyatt Wilson made his debut with the Ice after having been acquired from the Victoria Royals on Dec. 5. He was injured in an Oct. 11 game. The Ice gave up two conditional fourth-round WHL draft picks, in 2023 and 2026, in that exchange. . . . The Hitmen and Ice will meet again tonight in Winnipeg. . . . Winnipeg (38-7-1) leads the Eastern Conference by three points over the Red Deer Rebels. The Ice has four games in hand. . . . Calgary (23-20-7) has lost seven in a row (0-4-3). It is sixth in the conference, two points ahead of the Regina Pats.
Philippe Boucher has resigned as general manager of the QMJHL’s Drummondville Voltigeurs, citing “personal reasons.” . . . He added: “In addition, my health has been fragile for a few weeks and I had to make this decision.” . . . He had been the GM since the start of the 2019-20 season and was under contract through 2025-26. . . . Stephan Leblanc, the vice-president of hockey, will take over that office on an interim basis, with help from assistant GM Steve Ahern and head scout Jean-Sébastien Perron. . . .
The QMJHL’s Val-d’Or Foreurs fired general manager Pascal Daoust on Wednesday. “We have determined that it would be in the best interests of the organization to take a new direction in terms of the management of our hockey operations . . .,” team president Dany Marchand said in a news release. . . . The Foreurs have the 15th-best record in the 18-team league. . . . Marchand said a replacement will be named “soon.” . . . Daoust had been the GM since 2016.
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