I hate when technology screws you around.
Wireless woes at Super Grandpa’s new abode along with some other responsibilities interceded early morning and I guess better late than never, right?
And if any of you thought I was really “tied up” I’m sorry to disappoint.
So apparently there was some basketball “game” in Baltimore last night with LeBron and Carmelo and Durant and a gaggle of others.
Durant has like 59 points, reports vary on whether LeBron scored 38 or not and the final score was about a jillion to a billion.
Let the good times roll!
Seriously, I cannot get even remotely interested in Drew Leagues or Goodman Leagues or faux games where a bunch of guys just get out for a run and everyone gets all jazzed up about it.
It’s silly summer league basketball taken to a ridiculous level and if there wasn’t a lockout, I can’t imagine (a) any of these guys would be doing a thing and, therefore (b) no one in the media would care.
To me, the essence of sport is competition and effort, not showmanship and goofing around and certainly not basketball games with scoring in the 150s.
I honestly get the sense that these “games” are more about marketing and a brand more than anything else; someone’s making money off them – and I’m sure some charities are benefiting and that would the best thing about the whole affair – but to suggest they truly are doing things entirely out of the goodness of their hearts is a stretch.
What these “games” are is glorified practices or scrimmages or defence-free workouts that are a show. The cynic in me suggests they are attracting some major NBA names simply so the players can win the battle of public opinion in the lockout. Sort of a “hey, can’t you see we want to play the game we love?” kind of thing. I promise you they wouldn’t be doing this kind of thing if this was a normal summer, they’d be doing their normal summer kind of things, loafing a bit, working out, travelling with their business “partners” and so on.
The battle for public relations is probably working but it doesn’t really matter what the public thinks, actually. The real work is getting done today in New York when the heavyweights of the two sides sit down to chat.
Impressed or excited?
But go ahead if you can be.
Anybody see any of the FIBA Americas stuff yesterday?
I caught some highlights of Brazil-Venezuela later in the evening and actually came away unimpressed.
Guess the best thing from a Canada angle is that Brazil really needed to work hard to get the win and might be a tad weary when they meet tonight.
Speaking of, you know it’s on TSN2, right? At 7:30 p.m. our time and I’m glad this time around the network is showing stuff live rather than on tape delay. I guess the deal with Canada Basketball is they have to show it, not necessarily when it happens, but it’s nice that it’ll be in real time for the first round from Argentina.
A Grunt’s Guide to a Happier Life
(A new, every now and then game we’ll play here)
Rule No. 1,202,492
The last thing you ingest before calling it a night should not be warmish black sambuca. Freshly cold out of the freezer is preferable.
Rule No. 11
A couch that looks and feels comfortable near the end of the evening will not be so cozy at 3 a.m.
When in Niagara doing stuff …
Best Niagara Falls band ever?
I’d make that case. Not that there’s a whole lot of competition from the city, now that I think of it.
Check out the hair!
Besides, who among us doesn’t like a glimpse of the Mighty Falls every now and then?
Let's get this started.
I’m telling you, you folks are doing well on the Name The Canada Basketball Teams thing from yesterday.
Keep ‘em coming, ok?
We’re looking for something unisex, representative and original, or as close to original as we can get.
An aside: A friend thinks there’d be a couple of great, great long-time coaches out west who’d love Canadian Shield(s).
Anyway, figure we’ll come up with one Friday? Sound good?
The plan was to get up, get through this usual stuff and maybe watch some basketball.
Best laid plans …
Although I do see Andrea had 22 as Italy lost to Serbia (I’m telling you, I like that Serbia team, Teodosic can play) and that Jose didn’t play very much as Spain edged Poland by five.
Lithuania’s got a late game, which will give me something to perhaps follow when it’s home time.
Some return to glory for Brian Tallet to the TOD, no?
But I must admit I was glad not to have to write that buzzer beater.
One thing did strike me as I was watching, though and it might a legit question: Is Jose Bautista the best defensive right fielder since Jesse Barfield?
Man, that guy can go get ‘em and throw it, can’t he?