Injured Raptors, morning eats and are you ready for some football?
Believe it or not, there is one snippet of Raptors stuff in here, along with the usual fun and frivolity.
Okay, I’m going to say this knowing it’ll smack of homerism and boosterism but it really doesn’t matter.
FIBA screwed up with the format for the Olympic qualification event down in Argentina.
Knowing that positions three through five are significant because they earn entry into that last-gasp tournament next summer, it’s shameful they aren’t having a playoff round to determine the fifth place team.
I know it’s going to probably have a huge impact on Canada but I’ve felt that way since the draw was first made. With something as big on the line, I can’t imagine why they didn’t at least have the teams five through eight after the second round play a couple of more games to decide a final standing.
I can’t remember a FIBA tournament that didn’t have that kind of playoff, even with nothing on the line.
I’ve sat through “classification round” games for years, games that decided ninth through 12th or 16th at world championships or other qualifiers where there was really nothing at all to be gained by playing them.
It wouldn’t be hard to simply schedule two more games – fifth vs. eight, sixth vs. seventh after the second round, winners to play for the final spot next summer. The teams are there, there are games going on for the top four teams so it’s not like there’d be any hardship for the organizers and it might create some drama for the teams playing for that fifth spot.
There is a lot on the line for Canada, Venezuela, Uruguay and even Panama, to let it just end after a round-robin round makes no sense to me. They’re playing it out to the end over in Lithuania, they aren’t letting round robin standings determine spots three through six – which carry spots in next summer’s event – no reason they can’t be doing it here.
I know the players and coaches would love it, even if it meant two more games at the end of a really long slog. FIBA screwed it up, I would hope they get it fixed before the next one rolls around.
Weren’t they locked out?
Anyway, you folks are in for a treat this season.
For some reason, the Tall Foreheads figure Uncle Cathal and I should become the NFL dudes around our place in some sort of to-and-fro, give-and-take, Sunday-Monday thingamabob that we’re still trying to work out.
Now, I’m pretty sure Doug Flutie isn’t quarterbacking the Bills and I understand Jim Brown’s not running for the Browns any more but I bet I could name all 32 teams although I probably couldn’t get them in their right conferences.
But I do know my way around a point spread and vig is a word with which I’m familiar so I do have some knowledge.
And, besides, if I’m “reacting” to stuff that Cathal does, there’ll be all sorts of material to play off.
Oh, and a disclaimer: Perk and Griff and a gaggle of other fellas got me roped into some pool where you pick teams and I’ve got Philly, the New York Football Giants, the Miamis and the Seahawks so I do have a rooting interest.
Has to be good news that the NBA and union met Wednesday and are going to meet again today and may chat tomorrow, too.
And the fact they’re keeping things almost entirely under wraps – details of whatever it is they’re working through, I mean – has to be equally good.
The one thing that always seems to scuttle labour talks, or at least set them back, is rhetoric and leaks. One side rips the other for some specific part of the negotiations, the other side responds in kind and they waste time talking to each other through the media instead of trying to find some compromise.
I’ve always thought this would end with a quick and unexpected pronouncement that a deal had been reached without any build up and everything that’s happened this week makes me still think that way.
Guess I should probably start looking at the schedule to find out where I am when.
So I’m sitting in the breakfast room at Super Grandpa’s new abode, doing the early-morning thing and the day usually starts with a bowl of cereal.
Got me thinking, which is always a dangerous idea:
Best Breakfast Cereals?
(Another disclaimer: Cereal is not a thing I do regularly anymore)
Yes, they have to top the list, or so I’m told by a cereal aficionado friend whose opinion I trust. I just remember them all over the floor when Super Son was a tot and eating them by the handful.
Sugar Frosted Flakes
Never mind how good the cereal was, he was a giant of a pitchman.
Yes, a breakfast food you could melt down into a tasty snack. What an idea!
Nabisco, back when it made them, had a big old plant in Niagara Falls, I can still smell the aroma wafting over the city. Or was that Cyanamid?
Anyway, another good one.
Magically delicious, as they used to say.
What have you got?
Fruit Loops? Count Chocula? Fruity Pepples?
Oh, some Raptors stuff?
I’m hearing through spies in Lithuania that Linas Kleiza’s on schedule in his rehab from knee surgery. He’s been doing some broadcasting over at the European championships and is due back in North America later this month to be seen by the doctors who did the surgery out in Colorado.
He’s still looking at a couple of months before he can get back on the court but things are coming along as well as can be expected.
Hey, who’s crazy idea was it to have another election?
Seriously, we vote more often than any country on earth, it seems.
Now, I’m not complaining too much since Super Wife makes a penny or two off these various campaigns but, yeesh, aren’t you getting tired of ‘em?
But, and I’ll say this again, all you Irregular Ontarians better be ready to vote because it’s important.
Kind of a dull day at the Euros today, isn’t it?
With all the top teams in Group E, the Group F days are going to feel like a letdown, I think. Not that there aren’t good teams there but they don’t have the cache of, say, Spain, Lithuania and France, who I still think finish one-two-three.
But today does have biggest overachieving team going and I’m quite interested to see how Macedonia makes out. It’s a team made up almost exclusively of guys who play there in the domestic league – the exception being American Bo McCalebb – and I defy any of you to name me four teams in the Macedonian professional league.
But they have rattled off four wins after losing their opener to Montenegro and are the biggest single surprise of the event.
It should go to show you that, yes, there is a lot of basketball talent in countries where you wouldn’t expect it, something you should keep in mind the next time Canada loses to a team you think it “should” beat.
I’m guessing my invitations to all the Film Festival Galas are stuck in the mail somewhere. Hope they arrive today because there’s nothing I like better than preening on the red carpet for the paparazzi.
Okay, I’m Mr. Baseball again tonight and tomorrow – I’ve seen the Orioles more than any human should – so there’ll be some time where I can get a start on the weekend mail.
You folks didn’t do that good a job yesterday, get cracking and send something now. Here. Please.