We're kind of all over the map today but that's not a bad thing
We’re kind of all over the map today; quiet day yesterday as the first of two off-days between games are.
So how about this ownership thing, eh?
Teachers are getting out of the sports business it appears and to that I have only one thing to say:
Good riddance to bad rubbish.
Now, I have nothing against pension funds or teachers or any combination of both. In fact, I have friends in both industries and wish them nothing but the best.
But, at its very heart, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment exists to satisfy the fiduciary concerns of a billion-dollar pension plan and that has to run at cross-purposes with fielding winning sports teams.
I don't know if the next “owner” will have the same responsibilities but I do know they won’t be as cast in stone as they are now, where strict financial goals have to be achieved.
The debate will continue, and I’m sure I’ll weigh in on it soonish, about whether a sole proprietor or a corporation of some sort is best but I honestly think anything will be better than a pension fund.
So much for Jay Triano, Mr. Nice Guy.
It was totally inadvertent, and most of us have done something like it before, but he got a little, um, colourful during a post-practice scrum Monday afternoon.
I will tell you this without doubt, since it’s been relayed to me by coaches and players a lot over the years: They really don’t like re-living the game from the day before; they’d much prefer to talk about what’s coming and don’t feel the media’s really doing a good job if all it can do is look back and rehash stuff that’s already been discussed.
Jay’s being asked about the so-so shooting on Sunday, when no one really got it going and – even for them – a winnable game got away.
“Listen, we’re the seventh or eighth best shooting team in the NBA without being able to make a three-point shot. We have one game where we don’t really get it going from a variety of guys so let’s just (bleeping) relax a little bit.”
Yes, I believe the cameras were still running. Oops.
Trust me, I know how that can happen, I know how you just start talking and things pop out and I guess it says where we are as a society that no one gasped or shook their head disgustedly.
Oh yeah, as the great man once wrote of today:
All right, all right, all right.
Yes, I should have had Leonard Cohen on the list.
Let’s get back to the Teachers thing for a minute. Here’s a question a lot of you have been asking:
Q: Hey Doug. Just have a quick question. With the Teachers Pension Plan wanting to sell their share, what impact does that have on the contract talks with BC? Does it hinder the talks/negotiations or is it still going to happen without any hurdles?
Dave R, Markham
A: I think it’s probably a bit of a factor, people I talk to say it’s not the biggest one but it has to figure into the mix, doesn’t it?
Yes, I saw Dave’s excellent column on the issue on the weekend but I think this point needs to be taken into consideration:
I don’t have the greatest knowledge of the inner workings of big business or high finance (or even low finance, for that matter) but it strikes me as virtually impossible that a deal of this size (and we’re talking something valued at more than $1 billion) can be consummated before the end of June so if it’s even a minor issue, they better deal with it quickly.
I still think the right thing for them to do is bring Bryan back, and I think the sooner they do it the better. If I’m buying something of this size, I’d like to know what I’m getting; I wouldn’t want a huge front office vacancy staring me in the face.
I had heard briefly about this on Sunday but had no idea it was coming so quickly as NBA ref Bill Spooner has filed suit against an AP reporter for a tweet the reporter put out.
Now, I’m going to tell you this as straight truth: Bill Spooner is an honourable man who loves his job and does it well. To think that, in this day and age, with all the scrutiny of refs and the willingness for people to impart “information” immediately and without checking or asking a follow-up question, I find it virtually impossible to believe that things would unfold as they allegedly did.
Sorry if that’s bit Pollyanna-ish but I know the guy, I know how careful everyone tries to be and, things like this just go to a huge problem I have with “social media.”
And that’s the fact that in a rush to “publish” questions that need to be asked seldom are.
It’s one thing to make a snarky comment, another to offer opinion, another to just be having some fun; when issues of this magnitude arise, no one ever takes the time to check things.
And that sucks.
End o’ rant.
So, March Madness.
Despite the fact these kids should be off working on getting their ecology degrees or something like that, I guess basketball is on everyone’s lips.
But I do have to say this:
All these silly play-in games (two tonight, two tomorrow) kind of bug me. I guess it’s good for the schools and gives TV two more nights of programming but what’s next? Every school with a team gets in?
I remember, back in the day, watching conference tournament finals and knowing that only the winner was going to the big dance.
Those were the days.
Oh, and life kind of got in the way last night so I have to wake Super Son from his slumber soon to do a bracket. Guess it’s better this way, none of you can cheat off me.
He was at it again and if Reggie Evans hasn’t climbed on the Mt. Rushmore of Raptors quotes now, he’s close.
“It’s definitely a good position to be (in uniform) in besides being in a suit all the time and stuff. On the court, sometimes I can push some guys and get them in the right spot, or tell them to go in to the right spot or even dap them up, good job and stuff like that.”
And, with stuff like that, I’m out.
If you see a Smelly Ford Focus on 403, 401, 402 any time late this afternoon/early this evening, give a wave and a holler. I’ll be the guy drinking the coffee.