Brian’s Custom Sports shifts to producing medical supplies to fight
It only took a single text message for the sewing team at Brian’s Custom Sports to join the fight against the spread of COVID-19.
The goalie equipment manufacturer had been approached by Windsor-Essex County medical officials on Tuesday for their surplus of double-sided tape and foam — key elements of medical face shields — but were then asked what their production capabilities were for medical gowns.
As a non-essential business, Brian’s had sent its staff home, but a short text message from the human resources department got an immediate response from “changwonaanma” the 16-person sewing team.
“Within minutes, they’re all basically on board,” said Joe Aitken, director of sales and marketing for Brian’s Custom Sports, on Saturday. “Part of it is the ability to keep working. The other part is the fact that you’re helping for the greater good.”
Classic sports replay schedule: What’s on TV this Saturday (March 28)
The coronavirus crisis may have shut down sporting events across the world, but there will still be some classic games and fights to watch on Saturday if you’re bored at home.
On what should have been opening weekend for the 2020 MLB regular season, ESPN is running a marathon of legendary pitching performances, featuring four 20-strikeout games. If you’re a tennis fan, you can spend your entire day watching all-time greats Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer battle in some of their biggest matchups. For fight fans, three major UFC pay-per-view matchups from recent cards will be replayed starting at 8:00 p.m. ET on ESPN.
Here’s the full rundown of sports on TV this Saturday.
12:00 p.m. ET, ESPN – Mariners vs. Red Sox (1986)
Roger Clemens’ first 20-strikeout game
2:00 p.m. ET, ESPN – Astros vs. Cubs (1998)
Kerry Wood’s 20-strikeout game
4:00 p.m. ET, ESPN – Reds vs. Diamondbacks (2001)
Randy Johnson’s 20-strikeout game
6:00 p.m. ET, ESPN – Tigers vs. Nationals (2016)
Max Scherzer’s 20-strikeout game
1:00 p.m. ET, ESPN News – Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao
2:00 p.m. ET, NBC – 2019 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play
Tiger Woods vs. Rory McIlroy; Justin Rose vs. Kevin Na; Francesco Molinari vs. Paul Casey; and Matt Kuchar vs. Tyrrell Hatton
All day, ESPN 2 – Roger Federer vs. Rafael Nadal marathon
8:00 p.m. ET, ESPN – Weili Zhang vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk, UFC 248
9:00 p.m. ET, ESPN – Tony Ferguson vs. Cowboy Cerrone, UFC 238
10:00 p.m. ET, ESPN – Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Dustin Poirier, UFC 242
4:00 p.m. ET, IndyCar.com and Twitch – IndyCar iRacing Challenge at Watkins Glen
Sports franchises could qualify for loans under $2 trillion coronavirus relief bill
Sports franchises across the country could be getting some help from the federal government to keep hourly and low-salaried workers employed.
As part of the $2 trillion coronavirus relief bill, President Donald Trump signed on Friday, $350 billion is set aside for small business loans. The money can be used to help business owners cover salary, wages, and benefits, worth 250% of an employer’s monthly payroll, with a maximum loan of $10 million.
Sports franchises that have less than 500 employees are eligible, according to Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, who added the bill’s feature is “the right thing to do.”
The Ultimate Sports Broadcaster Bracket has been completed, and play-by-play legend Al Michaels is your champion. Michaels defeated Erin Andrews, the top seed from the sideline region, in the championship final.
Michaels bulldozed his way through the play-by-play region, defeating Kevin Harlan, top seed Jim Nantz, and Doc Emrick to make it to the regional final. Michaels seemed to be an underdog against top color commentator Tony Romo – but Michaels destroyed Romo in the poll, and went on to comfortably defeat Andrews in the final.