Strange times in many regards
Is this what nuclear winter looks like?
No one can talk about anything or anyone (check out the various websites, they can’t even show pictures of anybody) and information is non-existent, really, about where the lockout is or where it’s going.
I don’t recall the clamps being put on as strictly the last time we went through this exercise but there is a cone of silence that’s impenetrable.
And try to decode what’s out there?
The two sides seemed to be playing nice when they broke off talks on Friday; there was no vitriol spewed, they talked about getting back to the table in a couple of weeks and there seemed to a sense that “yes, we knew this was coming, let’s really get to work now” from both sides.
And as far as we can tell, the entire situation is simply about money and numbers and equitable sharing of ridiculous wealth and that’s all quite negotiable.
As has been mentioned, the next real crises point would seem to be about Labour Day, when players start drifting back to their cities to get ready for camp. Until then, no one gets paid, there is no sense of urgency so my best guess would be that, sure, there might be some minor meetings in the next month or so but the real work begins sometime about mid-August with an aim to an early-September settlement.
When last we left the Canadian juniors, the first round of the worlds had begun with a win over Korea and today we find them with the second round about to begin.
They get the United States today, Egypt tomorrow and Serbia on Wednesday and if they’ve got any shot to creep into the single-elimination quarter-finals, they are going to need two wins and I’m not even sure that’ll be enough.
But they can get them, you’d think. There are no true “easy touches” in a tournament like this (I don’t imagine too many saw Korea knocking off Croatia in the first round) but if they play to their capabilities, getting the last two games in this round is entirely doable.
Then they wait and see how that sets them up for a quarter-final berth. And, yes, getting out of their first-round group was a public goal; not getting to the final eight will be a disappointment.
How odd is this?
Stop by the concierge lounge at this Marriott I’m at and there’s not an NBA ref or another writer to be seen.
Seems like an odd road trip and it’s going to take some getting used to.
Get to the park around 9:30 a.m. for today’s afternoon affair; get there tomorrow about 3 p.m. for the night game and if there’s rain, I understand they don’t play!
This is going to be odd.
I don’t remember the last baseball road game I’ve covered, to tell you the truth. I used to poach a home series or two when I could (although I don’t think I had one last year) but cover a road game?
Man, it’s probably been more than a decade. Hope I don’t do anything stupid.
This being the Fourth of July – which is some kind of celebration down here – why not get this one leftover from the mail to give us a list
Q: Hey Doug, how about a list of the top 5 things that the States do better than us, and another 5 that we do better than them? We do better at: health care, they do better at M&M's vs Smarties. We do better at beer, they do better at ESPN vs TSN. And so on and so forth.
Lee Z, Ottawa
A: Here we go
I know that may not strike a chord with too many of you but the next time you’re behind some dolt going slow in the fast lane, I bet you dollars to donuts he’s got an American licence plate. People down there just don’t get the concept of slower traffic moving to the right.
Tim’s vs. Dunkin’.
Seriously, ours are like putting greens compared to the pockmarked interstates you run into in the States.
Yeah, I’m stealing one from your list but, really, our system may have its flaws but it’s a damn sight better than one where you can go bankrupt simply because you get sick.
It’d take a snack expert like me to know this but until I can find a Miss Vickies in some American city, we win.
Guess that’s a good thing; they tend to wave the flag far more openly, and far more often. Probably too much but I think some of us could be more proud.
I know. Forget ESPN vs. TSN, which is another no contest; even their bad TV is better than ours. Corner Gas is good but it’s no Modern Family.
Yes, it helps exacerbate the morbid obesity issues that plague society but …
Next time you’re driving somewhere south of the border, check out the signage. It’s everywhere. And it’s often a garish, which is another thing they do better than us.
Since you brought it up, I can’t in all good conscience give either country an edge in the adult beverage department. A couple of Sam’s Summer and a Harpoon last night were as good as almost anything I can get back home.
Sure, Labatt’s and Molson are exponentially better than, say, Bud or Coors but who drinks that stuff anyway?
I counted four guys on various stools various distances away from me last night recounting tales of Meetings With Stanley.
Guess this pucks thing is big and the Cup’s something to see.
Sonny Weems is headed to Europe?
That was the talk on the weekend although nothing’s done and if we know one thing around these parts, nothing’s done until something’s done.
Makes sense, though.
He doesn’t have a contract for next year – and those with NBA contracts will have to get clearance from FIBA and their national federations and no one knows how easy that will be to get – and Sonny needs to play.
He needs to play for one simple reason: So he can show NBA bosses that he still can. One report I read said he was going to sign a one-year deal with no NBA out-clause and I think that’s kind of risky. You wonder about an “out of sight, out of mind” situation arising; he’d probably be best to make sure he can come back right away whenever this lockout is settled.