My fine friends at the Public Theater in NYC didn’t issue a Brave New Shakespeare Challenge for the week, so you are spared my latest interpretations of the Bard’s works.
Barring any changes to the COVID-19 restrictions or other schedule changes, we are just days away from the first live sporting event in Harvey County since the end of February.
If all goes to plan, the Newton Post 2 American Legion Senior Knights are hosting Buhler at 6 p.m. at Klein-Scott Field, in its second full season after extensive renovations.
There have been no announcements made about if fans will be able to attend or how they will be able to attend during the current phase of crowd restrictions in the county.
Since restrictions are now on a county-by-county basis, there may be situations where fans can attend games in one town, but maybe not another.
The Junior Knights open the season June 9 at home against Hutchinson.
The Senior Knights will play a 16-game schedule, along with four tournaments, giving the team around 30 games.
The Junior Knights have an 18-game schedule and will host a round-robin tournament at the end of the season
The Newton Rebels are expected to open the season June 15 at home against the Hutchinson Monarchs, followed by a game the following night at Eck Stadium against the Monarchs.
We’re still awaiting word on both the start of the National Baseball Congress World Series and the start of the Class AAA Wichita Wind Surge.
The Wind Surge’s prospects are controlled by Major League Baseball and Minor League Baseball.
The Majors owners have a plan on the table to get going by July 4, but the MLB Players’ Association (led by Newton native Tony Clark) are balking at the numbers offered — a 50-50 split of revenues with players taking a deep cut in pay. The highest-paid players would take the biggest cut.
A number of other issues have to be hammered out, such as will fans be allowed in the parks.
The minors can’t plan a season until the majors have theirs down.
The NBC needs to know what the Wind Surge is doing because that will affect stadium availability.
According to the College Summer Baseball Network, five NBC-affiliated leagues have canceled, although some teams in those leagues may continue to play.
Around 10 NBC leagues will either start on time or be delayed a week or two.
The MLS will allow training to resume with up to six players in a group (a team can carry up to 30 players).
Play is expected to resume in July with a tournament in Orlando.
Sporting Kansas City was off to a 2-0 start before the season was put on the skids, outscoring opponents 7-1.
The NHL has come up with a plan for a 24-team Stanley Cup Playoff, ending hopes to finish the regular season.
Since the regular season was abandoned, I was declared runner-up in my Yahoo! league. I needed the season to finish since I had a bye into the fantasy playoff semifinals.
Sixteen teams will play a play-in series, while the top eight teams in each conference will play in a round-robin for the top seeds.
All games will be played at two hub cities, which have not been determined.
The NBA is still mulling plans to finish the season, which may involve all games being played at the same complex as the MLS plans to use.
(Don’t worry, it’s a Disney complex with plenty of hotel rooms that aren’t booked at the moment).
Mark Schnabel is the sports editor of the Kansan and has been filling in on the news side as well. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.