Believe what you want and then some old-school laughs
Okay, so here we are.
No pre-season – and I know that’s a huge loss to some of you, to some of us not so much – and less than a week to salvage the first two weeks of the NBA regular season.
Can they do it?
As we’d figured all along, this is about the money and how to split it and if each side was telling the truth yesterday – and I know each side was spinning but there were large grains of reality in each news conference – the gap certainly doesn’t seem so wide.
If it’s 50-50 like the owners want or 53-47 like the players say they’ll take, there has to be middle ground that can be reached this week if one of the big shots will pick up the phone and kickstart the stalled talk.
Of course, 50-50 isn’t exactly 50-50 because there might be money coming off the top (perfectly understandable to have the resources to run the league and promote the game) and I’m not sure 53-47 is real because we don’t know the absolute specifics of what the players would want in the Basketball Related Income.
But doesn’t it sound like it’s all about crunching numbers? And if you crunch long enough, give a little here, take a little away from there, you’d think a common ground could easily be reached.
Now there are those commentators out there painting doom and gloom, just like there are some painting a picture that can see a settlement before David Stern makes good on his promise to whack the first two weeks of the regular season next Monday.
I continue to be entirely bored by it and the sense I get is that many fans are, too.
But we’re not at the end yet so there are more angst-filled days of “sourced” reports to come.
Believe what you want; I’m of the opinion that a good dose of skepticism is necessary with every sentence or story digested.
These are the days when both sides like to get their message out, be leery of what it says, the truth always lies somewhere in the middle.
This kind of fell through the cracks yesterday because I was spending too much time remembering how to do GruntTV.
Anyway, remember how I told you the NBL was going to name its first commissioner before lauding it for having things seemingly under control and headed in the right direction?
Um. Scratch that.
Some glitch, and no one’s saying exactly what it was, came up and the guy or gal they though they had won’t be in place, isn’t in place and there’s no suggestion when someone might be around to run the show.
The official statement, which was more a series of tweets, actually, was along the lines of “unforeseen circumstances” that “would have put the league in an uncompromising financial position” scuttled the deal.
As we’ve said repeatedly, there are going to be glitches along the way, always are in any significant start-up and it’s better to deal with them before they become too serious.
Now, I have to go polish my resume.
Be right back.
Okay, I guess one of the dangers of the whole new video thingamabob is that I don’t make myself entirely clear.
Yes, we still want mail the old-fashioned way – click here to do it as you usually do – and we’ll also take a video submission or two each weekend. I figure some of you will have the capabilities and know-how to do that (not sure I could) but we’re still taking the usual questions, hellos, chats by the regular method.
You know me and fashion, right.
That look would be booed off the runways over at Paris Fashion Week, I’m sure. (Yes, I know Paris Fashion Week is on ‘cause I are smrt).
I’m somewhat of a traditionalist when it comes to baseball uniforms – you can imagine, then, how happy I am to see the Detroit-New York series because those are perhaps two of the best looks in the game – and that Rays look was mind-numbing.
No wonder they lost.
Not surprisingly, given my somewhat curmudgeonly ways, I’m kind of against “third” jerseys of any kind; I understand the marketing and I understand the fans might like something of a different hue but it’s become ridiculous.
The HOTH, for instance, have about eight jerseys – red, white, black, green, ones with piping of the Italian flag, the Spanish flag, there’s the Huskies throwback and I’m sure I’m missing one or two – and it’s silly.
But, please, spend your money, it helps them greatly.
Okay, one reminder today, another tomorrow.
If you’re an Ontario Irregular, and I presume there’s more than a few out there, please make arrangements to go vote.
Don’t really care who you vote for but it’s the one thing that you need to do to (a) live in a free society or (b) have the right to complain when they inevitably screw up during their tenure or (c) be a functioning member of the population.
Now, I once told you I had a candidate once tell me: “Don’t vote, it only encourages them” but he was joking.
This is apropos of nothing, really, but it was brought to my attention that this is a red letter day in old time TV history.
It was the Cavalcade of Stars back in ’51 (no, I did not see the original) that one of the all-time great shows debuted.
The Honeymooners has to be near the top of the list, no?
(Not sure it’d be politically correct to run it today but …)
Have a laugh.
Because I’ve been dragged kicking and screaming into the 2000s, every now and then I’ll got to that twitter thingy and see what’s up.
Guys having dinner, athletes talking to each other, Sonny Weems wondering why things in Lithuania aren’t like that are in Arkansas. It’s a cornucopia of wildly uninteresting snippets of other people’s lives.
And yesterday, there were a number of abject tweets from NBA guys lamenting the breakdown in talks, the possible cancellation of regular season games and a handful of apologies to arena workers and the like who’ll get killed financially if this thing drags on much longer.
Oh, then there was Ron Artest, Metta World Peace.
Funny guy. Mid-day there’s one from him that says something to the effect that the lockout was over. Much wonderment at how he’d ever find that out and then this one …
Wow Didn't think about all those people who really are out of jobs. Sorry bout the lockout tweet. Mainly for ball fans who miss ball!!
No, some people don’t think before they tweet, which is the biggest problem with the whole thing.