Five questions, as the Raptors open their exhibition schedule tonight against pro sports' most oxymoronic franchise, the Utah Jazz:
1. Is Jose Calderon an NBA player?
2. Can Mo Peterson become an every-NBA-night performer, and how much of the answer to that question will depend upon a settled answer to question No. 1, and the point-guard situation (oh, here we go. To every question, another question -- It's a Raptor world, we just drop in on it).
3. Is this the year Chris Bosh establishes himself as the Raptors' foundation player by some process other than mere default?
4. How much can the Raptors get out of Charlie Villanueva? Out of Joey Graham? Out of Alvin Williams?
5. Can Rafael Araujo become a serviceable NBA player?
6. (bonus question) Who's the first guy outta town in a trade?
I'd like to hear what you have to say. Here's my answers:
2. Doubt it; everything.
3. He has to, if this team is going anywhere other than Secaucus in May for the foreseeable future.
4. Anything would be welcome.
5. What am I? A miracle worker?
Hey, you're welcome.
Dave Feschuk sets the preseason up here. And if you think the Raptors have questions, imagine what's being asked around Phoenix this morning, with the news that big horse Amare Stoudemire is out for four months.
Meantime, some other stuff that got us wondering:
What happens when the game that got you there gets you nowhere? The White Sox were thrown out twice at second trying to ignite their offence (Bengie Molina, take a bow, and don't forget that stop he made on a sharp curveball in the dirt in the ninth as well), and failed twice to get bunts down when they needed to move a runner over. And so those travellin' Angels drew first blood in the ALCS.
Richard Griffin looks NL-ward, backward and forward.
Welcome back, Ron Artest. And thanks for the warning about the "animal" stuff. Never would have guessed.
Oh those kooky T.O. soccer wannabes are at it again, with a deadline of Oct 31 for an MLS franchise in a stadium that hasn't even been sited yet. (We might not have pro futbol, but we've got dragon boats).
Uh, about that playoff spot -- Pinball Clemons is wondering about the grand plan.
Thanks to budblog, for doing something that was on my to-do list but I was too busy throwing my money down the drain on the Baltimore Ravens getting a visitor win (serves me right, huh) to get finished: figuring out the new NHL rules as they apply to Pro-Line.
So she's drowning, she's rescued and this is what she says! "Are you Nomar?" Well yes, it was him.
And yeah, what do you get when you send the Minnesota Vikings out on one of those team-bonding things? Of course. A sex cruise. As one friend put it, "Was the coach on the dock scalping tickets?"