A slow day but some healthy bodies
Some Raptors stuff?
Wish there was something of substance but it’s agonizingly slow around there these days.
Guess the big thing Tuesday was that, for the first time they can remember, there was a chance to actually get some practice in. It wasn’t full, but it was enough, sayeth Jay.
“We went four-on-four, which is about the best we could do so we have to patch them together and see if we can squeeze one more out of them before we get a little break.
“We’re having a hard time figuring out when the last practice was when we went five-on-five live but, to be honest, today was a good day for us. We went four-on-four hard, live and I thought we got some good stuff out of it.”
It was the other day when Jay was talking about practice and the need for it and what it accomplishes with a young team like he’s got. Some veteran teams can handle long stretches without getting any real work in between games; Jay feels this group needs to get into the gym almost every day if for no other reason than to sit and watch video of past indiscretions (and things they’ve done well).
Okay, I don’t care whether you’re playing basketball or tiddly-winks or Mighty Yankees house league baseball, you win 89 straight anythings and you’ve done something special.
That’s just what the University of Connecticut women have done, with No. 89 coming last night over Florida State.
Now, all this talk of 89 made me think back to the UCLA Bruins who got to 88 way back in the day.
I can recall the loss to Notre Dame very well, as a matter of fact; I was a young punk sitting in the living room watching and while I wasn’t sure what was going on, I knew it was big. Very big.
And who knew that I’d one day run into a guy integral to that victory and get to talk to him about it.
Any idea who?
Want to know what’s going on with the Pistons?
Seems an awful lot according to this story about Rip Hamilton being accused of “quitting” on his team and now being benched.
Fun times, it seems.
And before you ask, there is nothing that Richard Hamilton can give the Raptors that would make it even remotely intriguing to even consider making a call, in my opinion.
His best days are behind him, by the time this Toronto team gets consistently good he’ll be even more done and it’d be a sideways step that would accomplish nothing.
So you folks have given me, through the comments, Boney M, Bruce Springsteen, The Pogues, Mel Torme and The Waitresses (although I have to admit I’ve never heard of them/her/it) as the Alternative Christmas Carols best.
I’m not sure I can top any of those.
But (and forgive me if any of you sent these in, I didn’t go back and check every comment) here are five more you might want to google or youtube sometime today.
Happy Christmas (War is Over), John Lennon.
Run, Run, Rudolph, Chuck Berry Blue Christmas, Elvis.
Run, Run, Rudolph, Chuck Berry
Blue Christmas, Elvis.
Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree, Brenda Lee.
And I guess if you’re my age, the Do They Know It’s Christmas Band-Aid fund-raiser has to be on the list.
John Shumate scored two huge buckets in that Irish win over UCLA way back in ’94 and he was an assistant in the first year here.
I’m trying to figure out what we’ll do here over the next few days, what with Christmas coming on a Saturday (it is this Saturday, right?) and all.
So, let’s put out the call for mail now, maybe I get it done really early and can post it Boxing Day morning before I fly, which will allow me to shut this completely down for a few hours Friday.
Speaking of mail, here’s one I plucked out of a very, very short pile.
Q: Here's an Andrea question for you:
Does anyone see some similarities in Andrea's game (as his inside presence improves) to Kevin McHale? When Andrea does reach the peak of his career, will people be more likely to compare him to KM instead of Dirk? Also, not a question, but a couple of reminders for non-traditional holiday songs: No Doubt with "Oi to the World" The Pogues with "Fairytale of New York" Of course there are also the 'in-betweeners' like Springsteen with Santa Claus is Comin' to Town and/or Otis Redding with White Christmas and Merry Christmas Baby
Does anyone see some similarities in Andrea's game (as his inside presence improves) to Kevin McHale? When Andrea does reach the peak of his career, will people be more likely to compare him to KM instead of Dirk?
Also, not a question, but a couple of reminders for non-traditional holiday songs:
No Doubt with "Oi to the World"
The Pogues with "Fairytale of New York"
Of course there are also the 'in-betweeners' like Springsteen with Santa Claus is Comin' to Town and/or Otis Redding with White Christmas and Merry Christmas Baby
Jeff R, Montreal
A: Oh, no. Oh, no. No, no, no. A thousand times no.
Kevin McHale had a level of toughness and nastiness and more low post ability that Andrea can ever imagine having.
It’s like 6:20 a.m. here when I’m typing this and I’ve just been informed by Super Wife, who knows my love of old sitcoms, that Steve Landesberg is dead.
Arthur Dietrich was a classic!
So was the show.
Seriously, Barney Miller has to be in the Top 10 of all time.
Which makes me think another list is in order in the next few days.
Ever since he got the gig, Jay’s been harping on four key games each season that tell him, and us, how mentally tough a team might be. It’s the one right before the Christmas break, the one right after and the ones that bookend February’s all-star break.
Well, he’s 2-0 as a coach going in to Christmas, with wins at the Clippers in ’08 and at Detroit in ’09 and he’s 2-0 coming out of the holiday, too.
Not too shabby.