More CanCon and a quick trip down memory lane
We’ve mentioned the National Basketball League here a time or two and they are coming up to their biggest weekend yet.
There’s a tryout combine Saturday and Sunday and the league’s draft on Sunday night as they get closer to actually being an entity that’s got rosters and players and something to talk about.
I have no idea of the calibre of basketball we’re in for, it’s impossible to figure out what kind of player is going to show up this weekend.
But is that really all that important?
If there’s good competition, close games, a couple of “wow” moments, does it matter if it’s Division 1 NCAA or Division 2 or small European league calibre?
Had a chance to talk to the CEO of the league, Andre Levingston, the other day and came away pretty impressed (you’ll read the fruits of that chat on the weekend) with the plans.
They know that going too big too soon is a recipe for disaster, which is why they are in smallish cities with solid ownership (although I am telling you now that there will be blips because there always are) and plans based in reality.
The only issue I have – and it’s one shared by a couple of other basketball types I’ve spoken with this week – is with the number of Canadians on each roster.
Don’t get me wrong, mandating that two spots be held for local talent is a good idea and quite admirable but maybe they should have gone to three or even four.
The league is as much about developing Canadian talent as anything, I’m told, and I wonder if there will be much difference between an American 10th or 11th guy on a roster or a Canadian in the same role.
Maybe that’s something they can think about as the league grows and, hopefully, prospers.
So we’re at the golf outing yesterday (a big thank you to Coating Specialties for great hospitality and a great day) and it got me thinking, which is always a troublesome, and sometimes scary, thing.
There used to be a group of us who played rather regularly and when you play regularly, you tend to want to spice a game up with a wager or two, don’t you?
Silliest bet ever?
Well, I do remember a losing team having to ride back to Toronto from Glen Abbey in the back of a pickup truck one cold Halloween day, I believe.
Oh, and there’s a guy out there somewhere with a small tattoo courtesy of some ill-advised bogeys, if memory serves. That’s one I wasn’t directly involved in although there was a time when it was distinctly possible. Trouble was, I wasn’t sure if I lost how I’d explain a couple of another guy’s initials and a score etched on my skin to those closest to me.
Ah, youth. What a fun time.
Ever do anything stupid like that?
Oh, what the heck, let’s do this one out of the mail since it’s been a few days since the last seamhead query.
(Apologies to Griff for cutting his grass).
Q: Hey Doug, I gotta admit, your baseball work is on point. Respect. I got a question for you relating to the TOD. 2012 has been advertised as the year we will begin to seriously compete, but with our pitching looking the way it is, do you see one winter of free agency and trades as enough to fill in the gaps?
Fuzzy D, Devonshire
A: Now, you have to understand I am not fully up on the vagaries of contracts when I do this but …
No, I’m not sure they can fix what ails that staff in one winter with one or two signings.
They need to entirely revamp the bullpen (Janssen, Litsch, maybe Camp are keepers) to get a proven closer and while I definitely think Morrow, Cecil and Romero are a solid front end of a rotation what’s behind them worries me a bit so a starter or two are needed.
I think they can make major strides next season if they open the pocketbooks but they’ll need to catch lightning in a bottle to truly contend next year. It’s happened before but I’m thinking 2013 is more realistic.
So, I notice that the Ex opens tomorrow.
I know this is going to perhaps bore those Irregulars who aren’t local but doesn’t that mean something to folks around here?
Now, I haven’t been to the CNE in years and years and years but as soon as I hear about it opening each August it brings back memories.
Can’t remember which was the best concert I saw there but it was always a great time.
The peewee ball tournament
Yeah, we’d come up each year as little kids from the Falls and be in awe for the most part. Best thing about it? If you won, you got to come back and spend another day wandering the midway after the game.
Tiny Tom Donuts
Man, were they ever good. Not good for you, just good. Could gobble them all day.
Man, now I’ve got to spend a good chunk of today coming up with other stories and memories for the morning. That’ll be fun. What have you got?
Speaking of mail …