All over the map and that could become a usual thing
Ok, what now?
Raptors? Almost dead quiet.
Women? Will have one week of Olympic qualification but it doesn’t start until Saturday.
NBA? Until they start cancelling games or settling labour tiffs, yawn.
Guess we’ll just muddle along with other sports and some other stuff – and you know we love other stuff more than almost anything – and try to figure it out as we go.
But first, HOTH news!!!!
I hear there’s a report out there that says Bryan’s all done the interviewing process for the new guy – and there is still no title associated with any front office job – and it’s down to four guys.
Yes, same four guys who’ve been talked about for months – Kevin Pritchard, Dennis Lindsay, Jeff Bower and Ed Stefanski – but before you go breaking down the pros and cons of each, consider this:
The process isn’t over, there’s more work to be done, a few more calls to be made and nothing is imminent.
Could very well be that one of those four comes on board in some capacity since their names have been kicking around since about July but the search/interview/due diligence process is not quite complete.
Glad I was at the ball park late last night, I was able to avoid the sound of car horns honking on the parade up Yonge Street.
Leaves 4, Ottawas 2.
Cup Fever is upon us!
I notice there were a couple of signings in the NBL yesterday out in Halifax, one that made me chuckle.
The Rainmen got Rodney Buford under contract and soon as I saw it, I remembered what has to be the last time I wrote Buford’s name.
That was when he was with the Miami Heat eons ago, landed on the team charter at Pearson for a game, was caught with an illegal substance stashed in his sock – not sure if was one of those drug-sniffing dogs or just some alert Customs officer who noticed a bulge – but he was denied entry into the country and sent back home.
I’m not saying he’s a bad guy or anything but I hope he understands what he can and can’t import now that he’s going to be coming and going with more frequency.
Sometimes athletes just confound me. Not sure if they think they’re above the law or if they just don’t know the laws but whatever it is, there are those among them who don’t seem to have a scintilla of common sense.
No, I didn’t see the DWTS debut, TOD got in the way on my penultimate night at the ball yard but the reports on Metta World Peace are, um, not good.
As someone said after his, er, performance:
End. The. Lockout. Now.
Seems he was less than stellar in many ways and the last thing the NBA – or the union – probably wants is to have him out there representing them at this point.
Anyway, hope it gets to On Demand soon so I can see it first hand.
Speaking of …
(And I presume this sparks some debate among Irregulars)
Q: The stars are converging, and Metta World Peace is going dancing! So, does that tweak your level of interest in DWTS this season? Can you pinpoint your interest in dance for your loyal readers, Mr. Smith – are you a refined tango artiste and fox trotter, perhaps? Would you have a Hoofers Top Five or two to offer up – as in, maybe, your top five all-time dance movies? Your top five all-time favourite dancers?
David M, Ottawa
A: My original DWTS interest was more in the car-wreck kind of way. Then I figured if you had to watch reality TV – since it’s so pervasive it impossible to avoid – that would be the show to watch.
I have no dance skills whatsoever, I can appreciate the skill and work that goes into it but I’m far more of a Stool Dancer than anything.
But, if you asked for a list, I’d go old school and give you:
Anyway, am sure there are others I’ve forgotten and have a feeling some of you will let me know.
Speaking of the penultimate night at the ballyard – my Seamhead Season comes to a close this evening – wasn’t that bottom of the 10th about a perfect example of each team doing just about everything right and a tough break ending it.
And it’s one of the things that’s great about that, and any, game.
Jays get the lead-off guy on and correctly don’t bunt Thames because it’ll take the bat out of Bautista’s hands and Thames singles off a tough lefty, no mean feat for the lefty-hitting rookie.
Angels get Bautista to hit a pretty much tailor made double play but before you can say “man on third, two out” the kid bobbles the throw at second and its runners on the corners and one out.
Angels bring a fifth infielder in because Downs throws nothing but groundballs and the likelihood of a sac fly is remote.
Lind does just what the Angels want, he his a sharp grounder to first, McCoy takes off on contact and when he should have been dead to rights at the plate, the throw – from the outfielder who was brought into fill an infield gap – is up the line and game’s over.
Great inning, couple of smart moves on both sides that don’t work out and it goes to show you: Sometimes all the coaching strategy in the world doesn’t matter if players can’t make plays.