Glad I didn't stay up all night for that!
The quad vente non-fat latte tastes the same, it’s a nice brisk fall day, Super Dog needs her morning constitutional and the NBA earth didn’t move.
Glad I didn’t stay up.
In a previous episode, The Kindly Old Grunt discussed his feelings that Chris Bosh was really looking to be wooed in this free agency process, that he would like to see what teams have to say before doing anything rash like deciding his home for the next half decade or so.
Well, Super Wife, who does these things, just calls down from her breakfast perch to the Cluttered Bunker that Bosh has already met with Houston, Chicago, Miami and – ta-da!!!! – Toronto and we’re only 7 1-2 hours into the frenzy. (Yeah, I’m up a bit late trying to get this drivel finished for all you lovely holiday readers).
Guess Bosh tweeted that or twitted it or whatever the heck you do with that nonsense about four ago shows you how he spent his night.
He also said he was waiting to see who else came in from the cold today and I’m hearing the Knicks are definitely paying a visit and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if Dallas didn’t try to get in on the action, too.
Not sure about the Toronto part of those meetings, no one I’ve talked to at the Raptors holds out any hope he’ll come back, but they did have to make their pitch.
Anyway, guess I need to get into this twitter thing. Either that or make sure Super Wife or Super Son sit next to their machines while I spend Canada Day afternoon in a high level Mighty Yankees Coaches Meeting.
Speaking of Bosh, and I presume we’ll be speaking a lot of him in the next little while, here’s something you should look at for sure.
We have a raft of extremely talented photographers working for Mother Star and Steve Russell has put together an exceptional picture blog of Bosh that takes us from his rookie day to now.
Seriously, there is some excellent work in here.
Talk about the minutia of these times.
During our Mighty Yankees tilt last night – more on that later, which is a warning to those who don’t care about them and shame on you – was playing something akin to a game of Where’s Waldo with a couple of other intrepid fellows spanning the globe.
Was Bosh in Dallas? Was Bosh in Chicago? Was Bosh going from Dallas to Chicago?
Was Bosh on Mars.
It was kind of comical because there were conflicting reports out there and, as it turns out, it appears he was in Dallas so the world can rest easy.
Okay, I need to apologize.
After promising myself I wouldn’t jump to any guns with this whole sorry episode of free agency that’s precisely what I did Wednesday morning with the story out of Miami.
It was not a moment of great pride, that’s for sure; the first story didn’t make clear enough the dubious nature of the original report and, yes, I was kicking myself pretty quickly.
Won’t happen again and I can only chalk it up to rust developing from one free-agent season to the next.
Mail? Sure. Why not send some. Click here and we’ll try to weed out the “why don’t they get this guy?” queries and hopefully come up with something good for the weekend.
As I mentioned in today’s yarn (click here if you missed it and shame on you if you did) the Bosh thing is really creating some havoc with Bryan’s other free agency plans.
Not knowing what he’ll get back for sure (A big? Two starters? Starter and rotation guy? Nothing but trade exceptions and draft picks?) he’s finding it tough to go after the few guys he’s got his eye on with his mid-level exception.
Now, he didn’t share that list with me (I know, huge surprise there) but as I cast a glance over the list of available guys who might be had for the right price, here are some I’d sure consider.
Now, I’m not saying any of these guys are the bee’s knees or anything, just that they’re the kind of affordable pieces who might fit here.
The guy can defend like a demon and is the kind of gritty kid this team doesn’t really have.
A bit surprised the Grizzlies let him walk, he can defend three positions, doesn’t do anything flashy but the kind of guy I like.
If there’s a point guard vacancy, I’m all over Ridnour who can make shots and plays and is by all accounts a great addition to a locker room.
If for no other reason than to watch him and DeMar DeRozan dunk against each other after practice.
Now, I have no idea if any or all of these are on whatever list Bryan’s compiled but they’d be on mine.
Okay, we’re all tied after four last night and playing our best game of the season. We’ve made some plays in the field (we threw a guy out stealing third and in bantam house league baseball that’s like an unassisted triple play), we’ve got some hits (a couple even got to the grass) and we’re tooth and nail with a pretty good team.
Top of the fifth we go nuts and get seven and it looks like the Mighty Yankee winless streak is coming to an end.
But, alas, they’ve got this curfew for the late games, probably because they don’t want the urchins up too late although none of them would go home and go right to bed) and when we struggle to get three quick outs, the drop dead minute arrives.
We’re still up four but the score reverts to the last completed inning and it’s a tie.
Guess it’s not a loss but, man, it’s tough to be so close and not get the first W of the season.
All right, if there’s a chance we may host an afternoon soiree I’ve got some major league deck and house cleaning chores ahead of me so this has to go to end.
Sure hope the Heroes Of The Hardcourt don’t make life difficult (Bryan: If you’re reading this, please do what you’re going to do this morning rather than this afternoon).
Happy Canada Day everyone.
Go wave a flag. We’ve got a pretty good country here, doofuses (doofii?) and all.