What's this? Some basketball stuff? Sure, but some cartoons, too
Yes, we have Raptors and NBA stuff in here, just for change.
Think you have to give DeMar DeRozan some credit.
The kid’s been staying really busy, it would appear, playing basketball and working out this summer and letting everyone know how badly he wants to get the NBA season going.
He showed up at one of those amateur summer leagues in LA, was part of some LA-Washington exhibition game that was more show than anything and now he’s in Vegas at one of the more interesting summer endeavours that NBA players have undertaken and maybe the most series.
Impact Gym, the Vegas spot where a gaggle of NBAers work out in the summer, is running what can best be described as a Lockout League this week.
There are a few dozen NBA guys out there playing games that will likely be more organized and more intense than anything they’d get in a park or an amateur street league and it’s as good as any workout they’d normally get with their teammates when they started heading back to their winter homes in mid-September.
DeRozan’s the only Raptor I can see on any of the rosters – they are rather, um, fluid though as some guys are joining later and some leaving early – but it does speak well of him that he’s there.
You know me and summer leagues, right? I think the usual Vegas one, with rookies and wannabes, is a gigantic waste of time but this one, as they go, isn’t too horrible.
It’s real NBA guys against real NBA guys and a good late-summer run.
And it’s good that DeRozan decided to take part; I would have liked to read that Ed Davis and Jerryd Bayless were there but you can’t have everything.
I’m sure you all raced here this morning to see what was in the paper basketball-wise and saw the setup stuff for the Euro quarter-finals, right?
And you can imagine how tempted I was to pick Spurs by 12 in every game but I didn’t really want to deal with the calls from perplexed copy editors.
Sometimes, worlds should collide, as the one and only George Costanza once said.
Anyway, if I’m right – and how in the world you’d think I could be wrong is beyond me – it would set up the one game I’ve wanted to see since the tournament began:
Spain-Lithuania in Lithuania with a berth in the London Olympics on the line. Sadly – and this truly sucks – I fear the only way I’d be able to watch it is on an a computer and not from a stool.
Hey, look what I found in the files, a leftover.
Q: You need questions, I got questions. Well, at least one.
Since you did favourite breakfast cereals, how about best things in lunches as a school-aged kid?
T H, Windsor
A: You mean besides deciding as a high schooler whether or not you’d take the class immediately after lunch off to keep playing pinball?
I’m going way back here but when I used to go home at lunch back in the day, it was always a treat when Mom would be making grilled cheese sandwiches with sweet pickles on the side, something about them was just really, really good.
Oh, and she used to fire up a mean fried egg sandwich with a little bit of ketchup for some tang.
Now, and this is a tad weird, but I recall wanting to get home because when I was a very little tyke Jeopardy used to be on at lunch and if you could catch Double and Final Jeopardy, that’d be cool. If not, there was always the Flintstones.
So, in one of my incarnations, as you know, I do a wee bit of gridiron stuff, at least that’s what I’m supposed to do.
Well, it also means I have to watch some games every now and then and while prone on the couch at Casa Doug on Monday, I have to say I grew increasingly impressed with that Brady fellow of the New Englands.
He’s got to be the best quarterback in the league, no?
I’d probably rank them Brady, Aaron Rodgers and I kinda like that Brees guy down in New Orleans.
Now, I will be calling on the expertise of Irregulars over the course of the season for some inside NFL knowledge to use as my own but after what Brady did to the Dolphins (sorry, Coach Steve) can’t see any reason not to think he’s the best in the game.
Speaking of those lunches at home, did any of you have the eternal debate.
(No, not Betty or Wilma)
Was this the better theme song?
Me, I’m all about the old stuff and take Fred over George any day of the week.
I see by all reports that Rick Adelman has taken the coaching gig in Minnesota and I’m wondering about it, actually.
But all accounts, it runs counter to everything he wants, which according to everyone I talk to is a veteran team with a chance to win in a warmer, most westerly location than the twin cities.
But I guess a $5 million annual stipend will make a guy do things that run counter to popular opinion; I wish him luck. That’s a bad, young team in a powerful conference that would seem to be years and years away from being a legitimate contender – and even only if the GM doesn’t screw it up any more – and I wonder when the frustration level reaches the breaking point.
There was, however, one interesting point raised in the twitterverse last night – I believe first by my good and learned friend S. Aschburner:
Why would the Timberwolves, not known for their financial largesse, bestow such riches on a coach now when there’s nothing for him to do because of the lockout. It’s not like Adelman had a lot of other options – the Minnesota gig was the only one left out there to take – so why wouldn’t everyone wait at least a couple of weeks.
Is it that the Timberwolves and Minny owner Glen Taylor – who is strongly tied to the labour talks – know something might be looking good on that front?
Pollyanna-ish? Sure but why not think that way.
Who you got in Canada-Tonga tomorrow at the rugby World Cup?