I could definitely understand that ^ scenario. In fact, I did a similar thing to a friend of mine three years ago (made tentative plans with him, family thing came up & I forgot, then I didn't contact him at all afterward because I was embarrassed that I had done that...so I avoided). He ended up being really mad at me for a week or so, but I eventually apologized and we made up.
So that's why, in this situation, I can't help but give him the benefit of the doubt.
Anyways, I ended up sending him a text about a minute or so ago...basically I just jokingly referred to/asked about him not making it on Saturday. Told him that it was okay because we lost the game anyways lol. And said that I hoped everything went well back home (with a smiley face). I guess I'll see how he ends up responding to that.
EDIT: Nevermind, it's all good.