Wouldn't it be easier for a coach to just tell the truth?
Ah, the Leafs.
They are quite something, aren’t they?
The coach, who I may have spoken to or listened to three or four times in my life and really have no opinion on as a person, comes out Friday afternoon and says something to the effect that, yes, The Monster will be the goaler in Boston on Saturday because The Kid With Or Without The Concussion isn’t ready and will be the backup.
Kind of unequivocal, the coach was, and everyone trots off to do their work.
And Saturday arrives, Reimer (who did or didn’t have a concussion, only his Mom seems to know for sure) is, as they say, between the pipes.
So why would a coach lie?
Anyway, it speaks to what I’m told is a rather tenuous and confrontational relationship between the media and the team, a fact that’s been discussed at length between colleagues from a number of papers, broadcast outlets and others. Unlike the goofy, petulant, petty Mayor, it’s not just us.
As you know, there isn’t much more intense that pucks coverage in our little burg, some dude breaks wind and we’ve got mains, sidebars, charts and video; heaven help us the days when something newsworthy happens.
So why on earth would the coach basically lie? Because he thought he wouldn’t be found out by the thundering herd of media that follows his team? Because he has such disdain for us that he doesn’t care? Because it’s fun? Because he can?
Look, in the grand scheme of things, knowing who’ll tend goal Saturday on Friday isn’t a big thing – it matters to teammates, maybe; friends, family and gamblers and I’m pretty certain it wouldn’t have an impact on the opponents’ preparation – but these are the Leaves, this was something of a special case and, well, these are the Leaves.
Why not do what most coaches do, which is obfuscate, or give some milquetoast non-answer that won’t come back to bite you in the bum.
You’d think that after all these years and all those scrums and all the scrutiny that comes with gig, the dude Wilson would know better.
Guess he’s either not bright or doesn’t care and both are rather sad.
This is a unique pucks market; I don’t imagine there’ll ever be any kind of transparency in the relationship between writers, commentators and the team, they don’t need us, some of us don’t care for them and times will often be strained.
But to lie? Probably intentionally? Bush league. Unprofessional. And beneath men who want to be treated with some level of respect.
Tell the truth.
Who among us heard that the iconoclast soccer legend Socrates had died (great piece here by Cathal) and immediately thought of this?
I sure did.
Yeah, those Monty Python folks could do comedy, couldn’t they?
What a concept, seeing real, live NBA players in a real live NBA facility.
Yep, not a bad Sunday afternoon except by time I got there they were in the back lifting weights and we really didn’t see very much.
But I can dutifully report Ed Davis says he’s about 18 pounds heavier (told us he finished last season at 215, weighed in Saturday at 233) but that he’s still “bouncy,” which I presume is good.
James Johnson’s got some wild faux hawk hair thing going on and Jose figured it was about time to start looking for a job in Europe somewhere when the league and the litigants finally figured it was time to play.
“There was a lot (of initial interest from teams) but from the beginning I was clear for everybody, until the season was cancelled for sure, I didn’t want to play for a couple of months or one month. I was clear from the beginning so that’s why not so many teams were calling even just to check. I was 100 per cent sure about that.
“But when things turned out that it looked like the season might be cancelled we were asking a little bit to see what kind of options were out there. If the season was cancelled, there were 420 players who wanted to play in Europe or China or Spain, everywhere.
“We wanted to be ahead of those guys so we were asking what the options could be.”
Did anyone notice that the Buffalo Bills drew an underwhelming audience of 56,463 for their game against Tennessee at home on Sunday.
It’s about 16,000 under capacity by my (bad) math and I guess all that palaver about fans loving The Ralph and the parties and the team doesn’t quite carry over when the team’s, you know, not going well.
Funny thing is, there’ve been times when the Bills have been way worse off than they are today, without the huge injury woes they’re struggling with, and fans have still flocked to games.
Sign of the times?
Oh yeah, calm down everyone.
After a sourced report surfaced on the weekend that Jonas Valanciunas may indeed be in Toronto this season, Someone Who Knows reports it’s 99.99 per cent certain he stays in Lithuania and that it’s just as good that he does.
So, I guess, yes, there is a chance he comes.
(I keed, I keed)
Thus endeth the HOTH news for today. If you missed it, here's what else transpired.
I tell ya, if I could get Gus Johnson to do play-by-play of my life, it would be soooooooo much more exciting.
You know I love the understated style of a Vin Scully more than any other broadcaster but Gus might be my second favourite out there.
The guy could read a menu and make it exciting.