The name game, still; and it's Back To School day!
Well, you’ve spoken, I kind of listened and we’re pretty much deadlocked between Red Serge and Canadian Shield.
And I’m torn, actually.
The Serge is uniquely Canadian, represents our proud Mounties heritage and looks pretty darn cool, too.
The Shield is strong, uniquely Canadian again and stretches across vast parts of our great land.
I could live with either one – and, after all, it really is just for here because I don’t imagine it’ll catch on worldwide – but a decision has to be made and I’ve dawdled enough.
The Shield it shall be, okay?
(The complaint department will open momentarily).
I know it wasn’t one that came from the Solicitations Of Irregulars but enough of you were okay with it that I feel comfortable tossing it out there.
How, we have to come up with some kind of logo, don’t we?
I don’t mind this snapshot borrowed from a google search but give me a day or two and maybe we’ll find something better.
Anyway, this was the first time we’d done something silly like this, it seemed to work out okay and maybe we’ll come up with something similar again.
Suggestions welcome, as always.
So, you get a look at the second-round groups at the EuroBasket 2011?
That Group E is a killer. Maybe the best second-round group at an international tournament ever.
Spain, Lithuania, France, Serbia, Turkey, Germany?
Yikes. And two of them will have no chance to make it to the quarter-finals.
Going by the tournament so far, and having spoken to a couple of spies over there, I’ve got Spain, Lithuania, France and Serbia moving on, with Turkey and Germany failing to make the final eight which will give them absolutely no chance to be at the 2012 London Olympics since only teams three to six get an invite.
The other group?
I’ve got Russia, Slovenia, Macedonia and Greece moving on with Finland and Georgia being eliminated.
We’ll take a closer look tomorrow at the biggest of the games and when we can watch them on our computers.
My Man Sheridan has struck out on his own.
ESPN’s loss is everyone’s gain, I would say; not too many people know labour, international stuff and the intricacies of the game like my guy does.
Do yourself a favour, check his site out, would you? It’s here.
(That’s after you click here every day, right?)
Back to school?
Where’d that summer go?
But, as Super Son was saying yesterday, it’s good to be going back, except for those pesky classes, that is.
Seeing the other urchins, catching up, planning escapades and shenanigans, it’s all part and parcel of ending a summer that can get boring as it drones on.
I’m a bit old to remember many back-to-school days but there was one time, at band camp … (Oh, wait, it wasn’t band camp).
It was senior elementary school, Princess Elizabeth as I recall and I think I’m about one of two kids from my Grade 6 class who went there, the rest lived in other districts.
Anyway, it’s the first day of school, lunch arrives and because we haven’t yet found the delights of the Towers lunch counter, we’re kind of lurking in the back school yard checking each other, a bunch of scared kids not sure what’s going on.
Well, we stand there for what seemed like an eternity waiting for the bell to ring to summon us back.
Little did we know that because we were grown ups in Grade 7 there was no bell, we were supposed to be able to tell time and get ourselves back to class, a point hammered home when some evil teacher came out and yelled at us about 15 minutes after we were supposed to be back.
Can’t remember being late again after that, except for the odd day when school was a bit too much.
Oh yeah, there was absolutely nothing wrong with Canada taking the foot off the pedal a little bit against Argentina yesterday to get ready for today’s big one against Puerto Rico.
Even if they had played a perfect game, I don’t know that they could have won and with an evening game followed by one first thing the next morning, rest was more important than trying to pull off some monumental upset.
As I’ve come to learn after a few years of watching these tournaments, deciding when to get rest and maybe a sacrifice a game to be ready for another is as big as anything. You have to be prudent and know what’s at stake when, something the Canadians showed.
Now, I don’t know that they can beat Puerto Rico anyway but I do know they’ve set themselves up almost as well as they can to do it.
All I’ve got to do now is find a joint in Niagara Falls open at 10:30 with TSN2; or else be standing outside some 11 a.m. opening establishment ready to go.
You had to know something like this was coming, right?
You got a favourite back to school thing?
I swear, Hobbs is going to not only lead the TOD back to glory but I’m pretty sure he can solve the world economic crisis and figure out time travel, too.
That was some game, no?
I tell ya, there’s something about that kid.
One last shameless plug for Skeets And Tas and the boys and girls at The Basketball Jones because this Rock The Court thing they’ve got going on with Matt Bonner and his friends is more than worthy of your support.
Check it out here and do what you can to help, please.