Once more into the breach, and a couple of cool lists to parcel out during the week.
Q: Hi Doug. Maybe now would be a good time for a review of the Raptors? Who's signed, who's a free agent and the biggest gaps to be filled? Honestly with the NFL and baseball playoffs I've kind of lost track of who we've got and who we don't, but I always read the bloggy thing because it's fun.
P.S. Wojohowitz you spell it just the way it sounds :-)
Bob H, Mississauga
A: Okay, a little Remedial HOTH.
Under contract: Jose Calderon, DeMar DeRozan, Andrea Bargnani, Amir Johnson, Jerryd Bayless, Leandro Barbosa, Ed Davis, Linas Kleiza, James Johnson, Solomon Alabi.
Free agents: Reggie Evans, Julian Wright, Alexis Ajinca.
Gone to Europe: Sonny Weems, Joey Dorsey.
Needs: Starting small forward, backup shooting guard, another big.
Q: If you look at teams as periods of time (around five years long) what teams do you miss?
For me, the early eighties Expos was one for the ages. They had the names, The Kid, the Glove, the Rock, Cro, the Spaceman. Decent enough too.
What are the group of players that you can't help smile remembering?
Bruce M, Winnipeg
A: I really liked watching that 80s Showtime Lakers team. They played fast and well and had all the bases covered, it seems. Just a fun team for the better part of a decade.
There was Magic and Big Game James and Kareem and just a good group.
Baseball? Don’t really have one, to tell you the truth. I guess it’d come down to the Big Red Machine with Doggie Perez and those Oakland A’s teams of the early 70s who seemed to not particularly like each other but who won.
Q: Hi Doug...With all the Don Cherry controversies, do you think CBC would like to go back to Ward Cornell and Murray Westgate? What a great, great feeling, what a wonderful sense. Imagine if in 2011 the coverage started mid way through the second period. What a concept. Thank goodness for our pet, Juliette.
Baseball is losing a whole generation of fans by starting the games so late. I am not talking about the youth who would watch early games. I am talking about the leading edge of the boomers who like to be asleep by 21:30.
How about a theme song for the blog?
Pipeline by the Chantays?
Is that all there is? P. Lee?
Straighten up and fly right? Mr. Cole
Hope Dave and Billy settle soon!
Bob E, Kanata
A: Hey, doctor, you can count me in on that group of Grunts Of A Certain Vintage who find it hard to last out a World Series game to completion. And I don’t know what the answer is because they don’t have any way to make ‘em shorter, the 2-1 Game 2 took 3:04 and that’s disgusting.
And if they started hockey games midway through the second period there’d be no Don Cherry, right? Hmm. An idea with merit, some might say.
Theme song?????? I believe we may be on to something here, give me to the middle of the week and we may have to poll Irregulars on this.
But this would be the morning-line favourite, no? Old. Sitcom. Singalong-worthy? Kind of speaks to a lot of what we do, doesn’t it?
Q: Hi Doug. Your Jerry Orbach mention got me thinking; will there ever be another truly great “network” drama on TV? The freedom cable and independents have in creating drama’s is unparalleled (i.e. having flawed characters, speaking in a language and tone not deemed permissible for network productions, touching on subject matter that is edgy and makes many squirm). I can’t see another great network show gracing our screens as it seems writers/producers want to stay away from networks, despite the wider audience (primarily in the US I would think), and enjoy the freedom to create what they want and how they want it. Thoughts?
Heath M, Toronto
A: They’ve pushed the envelope so far on things like HBO and Showtime and the other speciality channels that I cannot possibly see the “networks” being able to match it. Now, I’m sure there are excellent dramas on NBC, CBS, ABC and the like – although every time I turn them on it seems to some other inane “reality” show clogging the airwaves – but for pure excellence, I think the days of network domination have been over for years.
In fact, if someone reminds me, let’s do a Top 5 Current Drama list this week sometime, shall we?
Q: Hi Doug! As I send this, the talks are going into Day 3, Stern has the flu but skyping to stay in touch, and what was "cancelled" might soon become "postponed". Simple question, then: Why cancel any games? Why not extend the season? Not through to interfering with the start of the 2012-13 Season (!), but other than shortening your holidays - and while it's ALL ABOUT YOU here, I'm thinking it's not the league's top priority to keep you happy - what prevents a full season being run with playoffs creeping into, say, July? Thank you.
Lorie P, London
A: Sounds like a good idea but pesky little things like arena availability and TV commitments get in the way and, next summer, they might bump up against the London Olympics. There could be a two- or three-week window to jam some games in later than usual but that’d be about it.