Some stuff that isn't Swirsk, and some Swirsk too, of course
Holy Salami and Cheese, Batman.
Even for you crazies, this Swirsky stuff is over the top. About 80 comments yesterday, I see another 30 or so in there now I have been able to get to yet and there have to be two dozen e-mails.
I swear it’s bigger than Jose-TJ. Sorta tells you something, doesn’t it?
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Here’s my take:
A guy’s gotta do what a guy’s gotta do and if there are family considerations in play – and there are – Chuck’s gotta go.
Guess it sucks but, you know what, life goes on, for all of us.
In the decade he was here, he did a wonderful job promoting the game and the team when it was needed most. How in the world he maintained any semblance of enthusiasm through some of those wretched years is beyond me (of course, he missed the truly awful first couple of seasons).
Obviously he evoked great passion – on both sides of the aisle – and as an entertainer-slash-broadcaster, isn’t that what he’s supposed to do?
He’ll be missed by many, not missed by others but there will be broadcasts next year and someone will fill his shoes.
But, what the heck. Since I’ve got nothing better to do, let’s see if you can come up with your favourite Swirsky moment, dump ‘em in the comments section and I’ll get to ‘em a couple or three times over the next couple of days and post them.
Yes, I seem to be a glutton for punishment.
Now, on to the big question.
I presume resumes were being polished all over the GTA last night and the big shot broadcasters with agents – if there are any in this market – will have calls made on their behalf this morning.
But I also presume there is no short list for a couple of reasons.
One, the Raptors don’t have next year’s TV lineup set yet, they don’t know for certain how many games are going to be on what networks and whether those networks – like the CBC did last year – might want to explore having their own “voice.” It didn’t work for the CBC because they were so late getting their final schedule down pat but this might be an opportunity for any network to put its own stamp on its show.
And, secondly, if I know Maple Leaf Sports, this is not going to be the highest-paying gig in network television, regardless of who gets it.
So all of us who’d love to repatriate Dan Shulman or even John Saunders should come the realization that it’s not financially possible. Too bad, though. Either of those guys would be great.
Oh, and one other thing to think about when you’re hoping some big name NBA broadcaster might be interested: As much as some of you’d like to think otherwise, broadcasting Toronto Raptor games to the relatively miniscule audiences they draw is not the biggest plum in television history.
The great man speaks. And if he’s cooking, I’m eating. The one thing few knew about Oak was that he knew his way around the kitchen like few others.
And it’s always nice to see an Oak story.
Here’s a little exercise for you all:
Every time you make a trade proposal, walk away for five minutes, come back and look at it from the other team’s angle. Take everything into consideration, contracts, lengths of contracts being traded, players already under contract. Then see if you still think it’s realistic.
It’s nice to talk about all these deals, and very nice of you to ask me about each and everyone but, really, some of them are too far-fetched.
You know why it’s good to have the Celtics in the playoffs playing meaningful games?
(Beside the fact it’s a great city I’d like to be in for June and the final).
Because when they show guys like John Havlicek and Jo Jo White on TV and an old dude like me starts remembering back in the day.
Had to wade through about a kabillion Swirsky questions to get a good mailbag offering:
Q: Just a general question about trades. When does the trade deadline lift during the post-season allowing eliminated teams to make deals again? I seem to remember the Araujo-Humphries deal happening when the Finals were still going on.
Dave G, Toronto
A: The moratorium on trades is lifted at the end of the regular season but remains in effect for teams in the playoffs. But once a team’s eliminated, deals can be made, which is why Toronto and Utah pulled that one off during the Finals.
It’s rare that teams do make trades until everyone’s able to, actually.
So Kobe’s the MVP (I’ll resist the ‘I told you so’ moment) but if there was on thing that was surprising, it was the margin of victory. I figure, just from talking to a few other voters I know, that he’d win; I also figured that Paul would be a lot closer.
But I also think we got the top four right, in order, with Bryant, Paul, KG and James.
Guess that puts the lid on most of the awards for the season, the only significant one left to come are the all-NBA teams. It’ll be interesting to see if Bosh is able to crack the top three.
I’d be surprised.
Q: Everybody's talking about trading for Yao or Antawn, why? They are looking for a 20 pt.-dropping wing player.I personally really like the team they have now but if you ask me why not go for a Richard Jefferson? He wants out of the Nets and I think he would be awesome in the Raptors playing style.
Justin A, Saskatoon
A: The Antawn Jamison talk is only less slightly off the wall than any mention of Yao, can we please, please, please, please stop mentioning either of them.
And Jefferson does not want out of New Jersey in any way, shape or form. But the fact is the Nets may want to move him. Trouble is, they’ll want a wing player back and there’s really nothing on the Raptors that intrigues them I’m sure.