Daytime TV is awful and the Raptors need to stand pat
There’s all kinds of talk – nothing concrete, mind you – that any new NBA CBA will include an amnesty clause that would allow teams to dump a player’s contract to save some money under whatever new cap/tax system there is.
And, of course, I’m getting all kinds of questions about who or what the HOTH should do if that’s indeed true.
Let’s play a hypothetical and say it is:
Dump no one.
Of course, the hue and cry is that Jose Calderon’s deal is a tough one to swallow, about $20 million left over two years but he can’t go anywhere.
Hear me out:
Aside from being a better player than a lot of you think, Jose brings one desperately needed attribute to this team: Veteran leadership.
As they are currently constructed, the Raptors are almost too young and there’s no way I’d way to hand over the reigns to a unproven point guard in Jerryd Bayless and there are other holes to fill (starting small forward, backup shooting guard) to have to worry about finding a point guard as well.
The one thing Bryan has done is get the team in a good financial situation, regardless of what the new system looks like. He’s got manageable contracts without too many long-term commitments so I don’t see any need to make a big, unnecessary move just because he can.
I guess the only other possibility would be Linas Kleiza but, for one, I’m not sure that guys on rehab would be amnesty possibilities – again, if that clause exists in a new deal – and I’d rather wait and see what he can bring, anyway.
I used to think the best invention of the modern era was wheels on the bottom of suitcases.
Now, after several days of Drizzle Driving Down The QEW In The Dark Of Early Morning, I’m going with intermittent windshleld wipers.
Know what sucks?
Daytime all-sports TV in this country.
Hours of the same show, canned crap. Boring.
Q: Hello Doug. I thoroughly appreciated your rant - headlined even - about the women's national basketball team getting the cable coverage shaft. In fact I got more and more wound up about it as the day went on (eventually with a non-stop loop of the voice of Isaac Hayes' in the background..."but I'm talkin' about Shaft...Well, we can dig it...”
So, let's pretend you're the King of Everything at TSN. Could you describe how you would program The Perfect Day of Sports in a Cable World Ruled by Doug Smith? What would be in your "24 Hours of Must Watch TV"? Thank you.
Lorie P, London
A: Hmm, program director? Good. Unlimited budget, yet realistic plans? Done.
My major beef with the three networks is how awful and canned they are in the morning and most days so that’s where we start:
6 a.m. – 10 a.m. – LIVE. Some news show done in real time with real personalities and up-to-date issues and discussion. Think Mike and Mike only better; I don’t care if it’s simulcast with one of the radio stations the TV networks own but having live people discuss what’s going on, or what went on, has to be better than an endless loop of last night’s highlights, right?
10 a.m. – noon: Well, if I can’t find anything to do live from Europe, I’m drawing a blank here.
Noon – 3 p.m.: Sure, it’s dead time and who wants to spend money on live programming, right? So why not find a great game from the night before and replay it. Have a host to discuss it maybe with someone who was involved? No real audience but it beats darts and poker and pool, no?
3 p.m. – 6 p.m.: Find three one-hour shows that deal with issues, maybe a Canadian version of Pardon the Interruption? If you’ve got to buy programming from somewhere, well, do it.
6 p.m. – 7 p.m.: News show, more pegged to what’s coming up rather than what happened.
7 p.m. – 11 p.m.: Games, lots of games.
Overnight: I guess you have to cycle through the time zones with news shows and maybe replay a game in the middle of the night when I’m asleep.
Sound like a day?
Maybe next week if I remember we can do a perfect non-sports TV day.
It’s been a very, very, very long time since I found this film while I’ve been flicking around the dial (does anyone say “flicking around the dial” anymore?) but since the guy died on this day back in ’55 why not look at it again for a minute?
Not sure they make actors like James Dean any more.
Everyone loves an underdog, right?
So why wouldn’t you take Tampa Bay and Arizona in their first round baseball playoff series?
I am. I don’t have my Johnny Mac Diamondbacks jersey, or an old Jays one but I imagine some of you do and it’s as good a reason as any to cheer for Arizona, right?
Oh, and I like the Yankees over Tigers and, of course, the Phillies over St. Louis.
And be sure to tune in tomorrow, some cool stuff from you and a special added bonus thanks to the grand poobah meeting yesterday with the smart people back at the Home Office.
Speaking of …
I know what you won’t be doing tonight at 7.
Watching the Canadian women in the FIBA Americas semifinal down at the Olympic qualifier in Colombia.
No, if you tune into TSN2 at tip-off time, you’ll be able to see two half-hour tapes of the Border Battle 9-Ball Challenge and then some World Series of Poker.
Rivetting. Must-see TV.
Yes, it sucks. And is a shame.