Of schedule quirks and the far distant future
Sort of like the spare time I had yesterday glancing at the schedule to get this:
The irregulars here will know that the summer of 2010 still quite bores me, there’s a lot of water still to flow under the bridge, lots of games to be played and I honestly think it’ll be like basketball’s version of Y2K.
So, you can imagine the level of disinterest I have at the moment for the summer of 2011.
But, because we need things to bring up here and because the level of angst among basketball fans knows no bounds, how about this story from my good friend and social convener C. Sheridan about the opening of contract negotiations.
Yes, we’re already thinking about a possible work stoppage 24 months from now.
I guess it’s a good thing that they’re already talking and there’s no doubt there are serious economic issues that are impacting every level of the game. I do, however, have great faith in David Stern’s ability to make the players give up something – like they have every single contract negotiation for all of time it seems – so I’m wondering if all this hand-wringing will ultimately be misguided.
Look at what the players have caved on already: The top wage earners have their salaries capped, the bottom wage earners have their salaries capped, the rookies have been sold down the river at every opportunity, the maximum length of contracts have been shortened every time they talk.
Think that trend’s going to continue? Yeah, so do I.
Schedule tidbits, Part I:
You’ll notice a home game on March 17, right? Well, you just know they’re trotting out the green jerseys for that one, that’s for sure. It’s the first time they’ve actually been at home and playing on St. Patrick’s Day, finally it’ll make sense to wear green. I imagine they don’t trot out the Celtic logo again.
As about the lone Toronto Star sports staffer who won’t be in Vancouver – the kajillion we’ve got going can probably cover off the Olympics quite well – I notice four home games and two one-game road trips during the Games. Oh, and one of the home games is a Saturday night date; figured there was a reason there were no pucks.
The Gangster is back.
Check out Phil’s news story here to get all the gory details about Primoz Brezec’s triumphant return to the NBA with the Philadelphia 76ers.
But then go check out Phil’s little blog post that went up before the news story and read the comments. And then you’ll know why Philly fans are known for their, um, edge.
Seriously, I know the Sixers are going to get Elton Brand back – and I guess that’s a good thing although history would suggest otherwise – and they have Jason Kapono but to think that’s a playoff team in the East today is a bit of a stretch, don’t you think?
Schedule tidbits, redux
A year ago, we spent Martin Luther King Day in Atlanta, the home of the civil rights museum, a day before the Obama inauguration and it was a compelling time around the NBA. This year? They’ve got Jan. 20 off.
They also have American Thanksgiving off, on a off-day that’s part of a Charlotte-Boston road trip. Wonder where a guy can get a good turkey dinner in Boston?
Read into this what you will: On Grey Cup Sunday, when I presume the game starts just after 6 p.m. East, the Raptors will play Phoenix at 3:30 p.m. On Super Bowl Sunday, when I presume the game starts just after 6 p.m. East, the Raptors play Sacramento in a noon start.
You know how there’s not really anything good on TV over the summer (and wouldn’t a nice Dancing With The Stars go good right about now)?
Well, after watching the Evil Empire beat Your Jays, the click-around (sort of a couch-potato’s shootaround) landed on some upper channel and a very interesting 90 minutes.
The original Richard Nixon-David Frost interview from May, 1977.
Fascinating viewing for a guy who can remember it happening in real time. If you’re ever clicking by some PBS station from the States and you find it, watch. It struck me as less confrontational in retrospect but what I can’t fathom – and really couldn’t from start – is how a nation could elect someone to its highest office who seemed to hate public speaking with a passion and who was obviously uncomfortable in front of a camera.
Schedule tidbits, double redux
Know how they had all those different start times for Sunday games last year? Well, some things never change. They’ve got 15 home games on Sundays this year, five start at 1 p.m., five start at 6 p.m., two go at noon, two go at 12:30 p.m. and one goes at 3:30 p.m. Plan accordingly.
I know they’re planning to trot out some Huskies jerseys sometime this year in a throwback game and, no, I have no idea when it’ll be. I know when it should be, though. It should be March 31 against the Clippers and the Clips should wear throwback Buffalo Braves jerseys, a plan long proposed by E Smith, Radio Raconteur. However, I bet that’s too late in the season.
One road day game and it’s in April in Philly? That bites.
Just read somewhere that Carlos Delfino isn’t going to play for Argentina in the world championships qualifier later this month in Puerto Rico because his future is unsettled.
Not sure what that means except that it might indicate a return to Russia is not a done deal.
And there are those around the Raptors who would know who tell me that Carlos, after having some financial issues with Khimki and some issues with the coach, got almost every dime he was owed and was quite okay with a mid-season coaching change so it looked like a return was possible.
Oh yeah, Yankee update. My Yankees.
We did finish third, 10-5-1 in the regular season, got ourselves a well-deserved first-round bye in the double-knockout playoffs and we’re supposed to start the post-season on Thursday, weather-willing.
We got accomplished what we needed to in the season – the urchins had fun and are better ball players today than they were when we got them in May, I believe – and that’s what it’s all about, right?
Now it’s time for a big finish and if you want to come out and cheer, let me know (I keed, I keed).