Junior women, leagues settle lockouts and some good old TV
We really have to come up with another name for this thing given the dearth of Raptors stuff in here of late.
But we still manage to get it done every day.
There’s quite a story developing down in Chile that we’ll pay closer attention to as the week unfolds.
The Canadian junior women finished the first round of the world championships with a perfect 3-0 record (they knocked off the defending European champions from Italy in the their third game) and head into the second round today.
You don’t know a lot of these young women – I don’t know a lot of these young women – but they are off to a rousing start down there and have every chance to make it to the knockout quarter-finals and the medal round.
Junior, or age-group, global basketball doesn’t get nearly the recognition it deserves, or warrants. It’s the breeding ground for future success and while you may not recognize the names Nirra Fields or Michelle Plouffe or Wumi Agunbiade at the moment, what they’re doing now could very well make them quite popular at things like Olympics and world championships over the next decade.
May as well jump on the bandwagon now so you’ve got front row seat in the next five or six years.
The junior women get Russia today, Japan tomorrow and the United States on Wednesday before we figure out what their quarter-finals and playoff round chances are.
Stick around, I see a developing basketball story and we could sure use one.
Okay, the Pat Gillick speech at the Hall of Fame made me tear up; the Roberto Alomar speech sounded like a thank-you session at the Academy Awards.
Found it kind of interesting that Alomar singled out Cito Gaston while Gillick paid homage to scouts and personnel staffs.
Guess it’s got to do with history and your place in the game but I’d rather here stories than heartfelt thanks.
I will have to admit though, the ceremonies were among the best I’ve seen, I love the Field of Dreams/Woodstock outdoors event with people in lawn chairs on the ground watching.
It’s kind of informal and like a true celebration rather than being some stilted black-tie affair in ballroom or some hall.
The parade of Hall of Famers was long but not horribly so, it was very cool to see guys like Yogi and Al Kaline and Ferguson Jenkins.
Cements home the point that the national Baseball Hall of Fame eclipses all others, in my opinion.
So, for some reason I found myself sitting at the desk for a minute early Sunday morning typing instead of on the deck and the TV’s on.
Super Son has some early-teens show going and it’s rather boring and predictable and I wonder why we can’t have Sunday morning shows like this any more.
And whatever happened to Tom and Jerry and Underdog and all those other ones anyway?
Ah, the good old days.
So, is there anything to learn from the NFL lockout being settled for the folks in the NBA?
I don’t think so.
The two systems are so different, it’s virtually impossible to suggest the NFL deal could be matched in the NBA. The non-guaranteed nature of contracts, the signing bonuses that count against the cap and the greater revenue total really make it incomparable.
And that’s not even getting into the whole legal quagmire that existed until today through the decertification and no recertification process (I guess that’s something like a legal do-over?) and the various court appeals that dragged on and on.
So, yes, it’s good that the NFL is back – at least I guess it is, I’m not much of fan since all my fall and early winter Sundays are usually spent watching the HOTH – but to think that there’s a lesson to be learned on the NBA side is, I think, a bit of stretch.
This is either delicious or disgusting, I’m not sure which.
The beancounters are all done their stuff in the 30 league offices and – lo and behold – revenues were up 4.8 per cent across the league, which means salaries are up 4.8 per cent across the league, which means the total Basketball Related Income was $3.817 BILLION last season.
That’s a whole lot of money they can’t figure out how to split and it kind of sickens one to think there seems to be an overwhelming feeling that games will be missed while they dither and hum and haw over how to split that pot equitably.
I am not at all against businesses trying to make a profit, nor am I against employees trying to maximize salaries and hang on to what they have.
I am dead set against that kind of money being at the root of a work stoppage.
Hey, guess who’s Baseball Boy all week?
Been conscripted to do games Tuesday night and Thursday, was already ready scheduled for the Texas series here on the weekend and with the Mighty Rockies working out tonight and opening the post-season on Wednesday, it’s going to be a week of ball.
I’m eventually going to tire of it.
You check out the Canadian Open on the weekend? Good showing by the Hadwin kid in front of the home crowd and when he made those three birdies in a row on the back to get back into contention, had to move from the deck to the couch to check it out.
Too bad he came up short but, coming from a guy who walked the final round in ’04, I’m sure there was an electric feeling in the air.
Now, I know – and you should know – it’s tough enough to win any PGA Tour event, there are simply too many great players out there and too many variables that could work against you. To win one on home soil, with the inherent pressure, attention and expectations of the audience, is proving too much to handle.
It doesn’t mean that these guys can’t play, or that they won’t eventually win on Tour; it’s just a monumental task, everything has to go just perfectly and it doesn’t.
Too bad, would have been a helluva story.