Women's hoops gets the shaft and TV sitcom memories
So the word everywhere you look since late Thursday afternoon is that we’ll get word sometime today of the postponement of the opening of NBA training camps and the cancellation of a week or so of exhibition games.
Not entirely unexpected at all, is it? We always knew the pressure point to get a deal done was mid- to late-September and we’re at it now.
In one story I read – think it was at My Man Sheridan’s site – Billy Hunter called the move to postpone camps and cancel games “playing semantics” by the league and he’s probably right.
Missing a week of camp is entirely ho-hum, even whacking a few pre-season games isn’t going to hurt too many people, although I do feel badly for the concession workers and arena staffs who’ll miss a night’s work, and therefore pay.
(As an aside, it might deny me a trip the garden spot that is Grand Rapids, Mich., but I guess we all have to sacrifice).
But the larger issue is, of course, the start of the regular season and we’re not near the postponement of that, won’t be for at least a couple of weeks, maybe three.
I do think it’s entirely predictable that a late Friday announcement will come from the league. If there’s one thing they teach you at “breaking bad news school” it’s that an announcement near the end of the work week, or better yet on a Saturday – is the way to go.
Trouble is, if it gets leak a day or so early, it gives all kinds of people time to react and makes it even worse when the official proclamation comes.
I wonder why people in positions of power don’t wait until, say, Monday. It may make some people squirm knowing the thing they said was going to happen won’t for a couple of days.
I think a walk-off homer in the final home game of a major league season is a particularly nice way to end things for TOD, no?
And I can’t remember a year when even friends who are casual seamheads were more optimistic going into the winter.
Now it’s up to Alex Anthopoulos to work some off-season magic because a lot of people who normally wouldn’t be are watching closely.
It’s all well and good that TSN2 has some kind of interest in the women’s Olympic qualifier that starts Saturday – although I’m sure it’s just a piggyback on the contract they have to do the men’s games – but what they’re doing is a bit shameful.
None of the first round games – Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Wednesday – are being shown live, which is tough in the first place.
But then you go to the interwebs to find out what hockey extravaganza might be causing them to ignore a live broadcast (maybe a monkey picking games, highlights of the 1972 Summit Series, a fantasy draft) and …
Well, Saturday it’s two hours of the Canadian Karting Championships and since the first hour is Day 1 and the second hour is Day 2, I’m guessing it’s not live.
Sunday? F1 Singapore Grand Prix at 5:45 p.m. and unless they’re racing early Monday morning over there, it’s taped.
Monday? Game’s at 3:30 p.m., they have taped rugby between Wales and Namibia until 4 p.m. and them something called Numbers Never Lie.
Wednesday: An ages-old ESPN 30 at 30 documentary.
There you go, your cable money, which TSN gets a bit of, goes to waste.
Speaking of the TOD, let’s get to one from the mail.
And if you good folks want a couple of days of weekend mail, you better get those fingers working because we’re way down on the question count.
Q: Doug, what's the talk around the ballyard over whether Mike McCoy has earned next year's 25th spot or whether Johnny Mac still holds the position for next year? I'm a big Johnny Mac fan, but McCoy's opening my eyes with his ability to hold down SS in the short term.
Gary M, Brampton
A: There’s been noting said about next year, although John Farrell was quite complimentary – unsolicited, too – about McCoy’s play one day when I was there this week.
As you know, there seemed to have been a wink-and-nod thing with McDonald the day of his trade and I will say this without doubt, Alex Anthopoulos is a man of his word and if there was any solid indication that something was up next year with McDonald, he will stick by it.
On the other hand, if there hasn’t been, the fact that McCoy can play either side of the middle infield as well as centre field in a pinch makes him quite valuable as a utility guy.
It’ll be interesting to see how that plays out but, right now, my gut says McDonald is back.
Finish with a list?
Sure, why not.
Remember the other day when we did the missed old TV shows and concentrated on dramas or cop shows or whatever?
Well, how about …
Five Sitcoms I Wish Never Went Off The Air.
And I’m leaving Seinfeld off the list because you know how I feel about that; at least you can still see it about 16 hours a day, these ones can’t be found.
Anyone remember it?
Fictional TV sports news show, Felicity Huffman (never a bad thing) and Benson (get that?)
Classic, no? Abe Vigoda as the old crotchety guy I hope I become, Jack Soo being, um, detached and disinterested and Steve Landesberg, who I always found hilarious.
Not sure what you can say about this one. Got Dan Quayle in hot water and that’s never a bad thing and, well, the list of guest appearances is legendary.
Remember when Kramer went to California and showed up as Murphy’s secretary in one of the great cross-over bits of all time?
And how can you top this?
Oh, that zany Klink and Schultz.
WKRP in Cincinnati