Couple of wins is good; and some sports on TV is very bad
No, I didn’t see either of the Canada-Belgium games on the weekend because real life kind of took over but the reports are good, that’s for sure.
A couple of wins can’t be a bad thing – although I caution again, they were just exhibition games against a so-so opponent that had travelled from Europe – but I’m told the way they played, with some cohesion and teamwork was the most significant thing.
I think we can all agree that from a purely talent point of view, Canada is in tough every time it takes the court.
Leo’s told us a hundred times – and correctly every single time – that there is a very small margin for error with this team. They don’t have to be perfect every time out to win but they have to be darn close to it and that’s a tall order.
A couple of wins, regardless of the opponent, always affirms things that have been worked on in practice and that’s important.
There’s a week of work left here in Toronto – thankfully, because things are clear enough that I should get out there a couple of days – before they really get to see where they stand.
Integrating Cory Joseph is huge because he’s going to be a big key to whatever success they’ve had and because they’ve now had two games with him, and handful with the old guard, it’s going to be a bit easier to get done this week.
There’s a tournament in Dominican Republic next week that will really open some eyes because a lot of teams that’ll be in the Olympic qualifier and then it’s off to show.
I do think expectations have to be tempered. The main goal – and I think the realistic one – would be a top five finish at the qualifier so they have a shot next summer at getting one of the last Olympic berths.
This is leftover from the mail and provides us with a list, thank you very much.
Q: So, God forbid, we have no NBA to watch this fall/winter, what will you be tuning into, Doug, with all that extra stool time?
Maybe the better question is, what won't you be tuning into? Care to offer up your TV Sports Bottom 5? For example, when did poker become a sport? Wasn't that thanks to some other lockout or something?
David M, Ottawa
A: These are the absolute worst “sport” on TV at this time of year, or ever, and should be avoided like the plague.
Silly faux drama, mostly luck as the determining factor.
They still put it on TV, I see. More skill needed than poker but it remains a sport built on imbibing.
Yes, I know no one considers it a sport but, still, it’s one of those sports channels.
I swear, if they were going around my crescent, I’d sit on the back deck with headphones on.
I used to watch it all the time, actually, but the fall series and silly season are, well, silly.
So, I’m figuring once the fall hits and the snow flies, if I’m not working six or seven days a week with the HOTH, it’ll be time to catch up on things like The Wire and other stuff that I’ve been missing out on.
Speaking of the national team, they finally had a chance to recognize Levon Kendall on the weekend for going past 100 games in a Canadian uniform (I avoided the use of the term “capped” you’ll notice).
Hoped they had this music from his dad’s old band playing in the background.
So Hobbs ties the game with a double in the bottom of the ninth, TOD wins in 10 on Sunday and I figure the next thing he does is solve the world’s economic issues.
Seriously, though, I cannot think of another rookie who arrived with such fanfare and such an impact. Maybe Vince way back in the day? Perhaps Carlos Delgado when he first showed up (I remember covering them and him hitting about a kabillion homers in his first or second month)?
Other than that, there hasn’t been a young ‘un who delivered so much so quickly as Brett Lawrie has.
Now, baseball is as much about managing failure as it is celebrating success and the interesting thing to see will be how he handles his first 0-for-16 stretch. It’s coming, no question, and that’s when the true test is upon him.
Oh yeah, almost forgot:
MIGHTY ROCKIES RULE!
Yes, a tough, tense weekend ends with second playoff championship in two years (we’re not thinking of the two-win 2010 season, thank you very much) and I don’t know that I’ve been prouder of a group of kids.
They played hard all the time, tried their best, played for the guy sitting next to them and respected the game.
I would venture a guess that this last weekend was the first time in eons that I haven’t seen one shot struck in a major golf championship.
Now, I’ve never been all that enamoured of the PGA, actually, so that plus the absence of Mike Weir and Stephen Ames and the entirely ennui I feel for Tiger Woods made it understandable that I’d take the weekend off.
Anyone else feel that way?
All right, I have to make my way to 1 Yonge, hope I remember how to get there. And hope there’s not a pile of work waiting for me.