I'm going to know a secret
Moist day here in Secaucus.
And by moist I mean a hard rain, dark and gloomy and about as far from delightful as you can imagine. The thunder’s a nice touch, though.
Hey, another first.
The NBA’s asked me to be hang out in the actual room where they conduct the lottery tonight as some kind of unaffiliated witness or something like that.
Not sure what it’ll be like but it’s got to be sort of cool and it means I’ll know before even Bryan how the Raptors have made out.
But I sure can’t tell you.
If I remember correctly, reading last year from someone who was in the room, there are no cellphones, no blackberrys, no I-anythings or tablets of any kind.
In fact, the word I got from the NBA guy was that we’ll be “sequestered” from about 7 p.m. until after airing of the lottery TV show.
But it will be kind of cool to see the reaction of the people in the room when the numbers pop up and the top three teams are picked. After that, I imagine there’ll be a lot of standing around and chatting and waiting to go interview people.
Think I’ve only been at one other lottery – it’s hardly a dream assignment – and all I can really remember is sitting there after in the tent they used as a dining area with Glen Grunwald and he’s holding a beer and looking downcast.
It was 2003. The LeBron draft.
Yesterday seemed to be one of those days we get this time of year with no games, no news, no nothing really and the guys I feel most sorry for are colleagues trying to drum up off-day stories or set-up stories that all seem to be the same.
It’s got to be especially hard in the Chicago-Miami series because they’ve got an extra day off between Games 1 and 2 and then two extra days between Games 2 and 3 and you can only write “the Heat have to rebound better” so many times.
But it is a TV-dominated world we live in and that’s got everything to do with the protracted start to the conference finals.
In a perfect world, every series would be like the West, a game every other night. A rhythm develops for players and coaches and fans and the media that travels to cover these things and all seems right in the world.
But, because both of the Eastern Conference semifinals finished early, and because they couldn’t play in Chicago on Monday night, we’ve got all this time to kill to start the series.
I, like Donald Trump, would like to announce I am not going to run for president of the United States.
Seriously, doesn’t the fact a self-absorbed clown like Donald Trump (and I mean that in the best possible terms) think even in his wildest dreams that he could be the president of the United States scare you at some level?
I half wish he’d run so someone could force him to prove he was born on Earth and not in some other galaxy where goofy hair is a symbol of something.
I wake up, turn on the TV to the usual Mike And Mike fare, as I do when I’m in the States, and the one Mike’s not there.
Replete in a Kronk Gym sweatshirt.
The guy’s got style.
The one thing we should be looking for tonight when the West final gets going (and some of you will have to tell me about it, I’ll be writing lottery stories for most of it) is how the Thunder react to the circumstances.
That’s a young team there, playing in its biggest game ever (well, at least since it forsook Seattle) and Dallas can be one of the loudest and toughest places to play.
I guess the one thing the Thunder can draw on is its Game 7 experience and they handled that quite well, especially Durant and Westbrook, who have to be great if they’re going to win.
But it’s one thing to play well at home against a relatively-inferior opponent; it’s quite something else to play on the road against a veteran team well-rested.
This might be a fun update.
Q: Greetings Doug! So I caught some of the halftime hijinks during the Heat-Bulls game, and Sir Charles was asked what his TV theme music would be if he was walking. His response: the Miami Vice theme.
I figure you might want to have fun with this as you did promise last week to list your favourite TV theme songs. So what would be the theme for you walking? Dodging chores? Channel surfing? My personal favourites are the themes to "The Sopranos" and "Night Court". Cheers
I figure you might want to have fun with this as you did promise last week to list your favourite TV theme songs. So what would be the theme for you walking? Dodging chores? Channel surfing?
My personal favourites are the themes to "The Sopranos" and "Night Court".
Natalie M, Brampton
A: Ah, Natalie, I’m afraid we did this just a couple of months ago and I gave you, in no particular order, the Beverly Hillbillies, The Flintstones, Gilligan’s Island, Cheer (a cliché) and, my fave, Green Acres.
But if you’re looking for a second five …
How about The Addams Family, M*A*S*H*, WKRP in Cincinnati, The Sopranos, for sure, and Laverne and Shirley?
And in a couple of months, maybe we’ll do 11-15.
Hey, you know what they have down here?
Five dollar appetizers, sales on glasses of Yeungling and a night in Secaucus can be at least mildly passable.
No journey to the big city across the river, seemed to be a lot of work to get there from this tiny hotel and there was work to be done so it was nice to find a good spot down the road.
Now, where’s my bag of dry ice. Have to get ready for the lottery.