So I’m sitting there Monday afternoon trying to get a little work done and my eyes wander the big screen and there’s Canada at the Little League World Series and it got me thinking.
There are definitely too many channels and if they cancelled the one that shows 12- and 13-year-olds playing baseball I’d be all for it because it’s simply too much.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for the kids playing at such a high level because it’s good to stretch their competitive level as far as it goes but do we really need them on television?
Doesn’t that just add a level of unnecessary pressure? Doesn’t it potentially hold them up to worldwide ridicule if they fail? Can’t we just let them play without the glare of the television spotlight and not be so invasive?
I know, I know. It’s the world we live in, everyone wants to be on TV and I’m sure the kids would tell you that in New York minute if you asked them.
But 12 year olds? Or 13 year olds?
Let ‘em be kids, let ‘em play in front of family and friends and have their fun. Let ‘em compete at the highest level without having to worry about a camera in the dugout or a microphone on a coach or be worried about crying when they fail and letting everyone in the country see if they want.
I played – or sat on the bench, more accurately – for a team of teenaged baseball players who competed at the highest possible level. We did just fine without being over-exposed through television, we let our parents and friends know how we did and we didn’t have to worry about our mugs being slashed all over the tube.
I can see it for, perhaps, 16- or 17-year olds, who might not be a fazed by the omnipresent cameras 12- or 13-year-old might be.
I know it’s not going to ever change – they were showing the Little League World Series when I was kid – but I wish it would.
We don’t let kids be kids nearly enough, and this is one area where it can happen.
We lost Jack Layton yesterday as everyone knows and if there wasn’t a wee bit of campaigning in his final letter to Canadians, I’d say they should put it up on the wall of every primary school classroom in the country.
Maybe what they should do is take the last paragraph drill it into the minds of every person in the country, make them memorize it and live by it.
Worthy Cause Time.
You folks know Skeets and Tas over at The (Formerly Known As Basketball) Jones?
They do outstanding work all the time, no doubt about it, but they’re on to something now that you all need to know about.
Along with the one and only Matt Bonner, they’re raising money for Athletes For Africa and a Toronto Boy’s Club and if you can see your way fit to sponsor them, I wish you would. Check this out.
Besides, if they can get a lot of cash maybe they can get Matt to a proper barber and get that hair fixed.
Nick Ashford passed away and who among us doesn’t at least vaguely remember Ashford and Simpson?
And who among us doesn’t remember maybe the greatest song he ever wrote, recorded first by the incomparable Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell.
Ballyard tonight, right?
Wonder if Saberhagen’s pitching?
Oh, wait. That’s 1985; not 2011.
Anyway, IGBT if you want. See you around 7.
Okay, so I kind of suck at math and now I need some remedial geography.
I had the Quebec Kebs of the NBL in Laval. Oh, dopey me.
They are actually at Laval University in Quebec City, as more than a few of you have pointed out.
Glad you did before I pitched a road trip to the Tall Foreheads.
So the FISU Games basketball guys lost to Serbia yesterday and come home with the silver medal and there’s certainly no shame in that.
My Man Triano made an interesting point when talking about the outcome and it’s one that should probably be hammered home.
You know the country is pretty good at age-group world championships, we’re always in them and always competitive and often in a legitimate hunt for a medal.
Someone has to be doing something right, right?
Well, it has to have a lot to do with coaching and getting these kids prepared and developing systems and team work relatively quickly and if you go down the list of coaches there’s one thing that stands out:
They almost all coach in the CIS.
Kevin Hanson is the latest, with that University Games team and anyone who suggests Canadian kids need to leave the country or go play for club teams to get better coaching is so dead wrong it’s ridiculous.