Politicians have no place, and best flop and Canadian song ever?
I am reminded of the first regular season game-day of the Kevin O’Neil era and if there’s one thing KO was, it was single-minded when it came time to get ready for a game and he didn’t suffer what he thought were silly questions well ever, let alone on a game day.
Well, one fellow – and the game was on Halloween, as I recall – asks KO about his best Halloween memory and KO gives him a look and then says sotto voce:
“Will the ridiculousness never end?”
I am reminded of that phrase this morning as I read this dispatch that says some publicity seeking politician in the United States wants to get the Senate down there investigation the NFL – and the other pro sports leagues – for the stuff about the New Orleans Saints and the bounty program that’s been in the news.
Look, I know politicians kind of well, dealing with some of them is part of life around Casa Doug, and some of them, not all but some, can be spotlight-stealing publicity hounds whose sole intention is to obtain power and then retain it.
So I kind of get it when one of them goes off the rails and tries to get some TV time or newspaper time talking about an issue so far removed from his bailiwick that it’s not even funny.
Politicians, here, there and everywhere, need to be worried about far greater issues than how a pro sports league disciplines itself; there are things like job creation, disparity of wealth and unfair taxation, the erosion of the social safety net that’s hugely troubling that need to be addressed.
Sports is sports and while it is a huge part of life for so many of us and a multi-national, multi-billion-dollar business, it is, in almost every imaginable way, quite able to police itself on things like bounties on players in games. As we’ve said, the NFL moved swiftly and harshly to deal with this issue, as it should have, and it now should be over.
The last thing anyone needs – the league, the teams, the players, the owners, the fans – is some grandstanding politician getting his name out there by keeping the situation going.
Go and deal with real issues, Mr. Senator, that’s what they’re paying you to do.
You know technology and I, right? Kind of like math and I, not the greatest of mixes.
Well, now that I’m sitting here looking at my brand new iPhone and trying to figure out how it works, my head is hurting and I’m a little a’scared.
Thankfully, 15-year-old Super Son was around last night so I wasn’t hopelessly lost trying to make it work.
Kind of miss the old Blackberry, it was easier to type on because of the raised keys and the BBM thing but everyone tells me I’ll eventually get used to this new-fangled device.
This, folks, is the greatest flop in the history of sports. I don’t even think a soccer player could match the theatrics of this one.
Made me absolutely laugh out loud when I saw it.
Five home games in a row can’t really be seen as a good thing, can it?
For some reason, and I can’t put my finger on it other than to say it’s as much maturity as anything, the Raptors just don’t seem to play as well at home as they do on the road.
They have fewer wins (7) at the Air Canada Centre than they do away from the Air Canada Centre (8) and while it’s nice they’ve already eclipsed last season’s road win total, that’s not really the point.
The point is that they have to better at home, more strong-willed, more grown-up, more businesslike. It’s as if they’ve bought into the idea that home teams have some kind of magical elixir when they step on the floor, that opponents are somehow going to find it difficult to win.
Doesn’t work that way.
It’s supposed be the home teams are simply more confident that they will eventually win, that they know how to take care of business.
Maybe it’s the vagaries of youth, that some of these guys think it’s just more fun to play at play home or something. Maybe it’s the opponent and the schedule.
Whatever it is, with five straight at home after Saturday’s trip to Chicago – five games with the whole team relatively healthy and intact – would be a good time to make some kind of statement.
Okay, I don’t know who’s screwing the weather but I need to have word with her.
It’s really nice that it was 26C this week, the sun was shining, the patios were open and it was glorious.
But now they tell me it’s going back down to 4C on Monday and I’m thinking the shorts we pulled out of closet will have to go back.
I know this isn’t going to happen and I understand fully why.
But wouldn’t it be nice if, say, Rogers were to announce today that one of its regional sports networks – and I’m thinking Sportsnet East and Ontario would be the logical choice – was going to change its Sunday afternoon schedule and show the fifth and deciding game of the NBL Canada championship series live?
Yeah, the Halifax Rainmen beat the London Lightning last night in Halifax in what I’m told was an electric atmosphere to send the series to a deciding game Sunday afternoon in London.
I can’t be there sadly, the flight back from Chicago won’t make it in time, but I’d sure like to get off the plane, find a stool or a couch and see it.
It should be wild.
And I know London Irregulars will keep me apprised, right?
And I do think it’s quite fitting that what’s been an excellent first season will end this way.
Canada Music Week, right?
And I know we did this guy/band yesterday and, honest, I was going to suggest this even before an Irregular mentioned it yesterday but if this isn’t the best song by a Canadian band ever, it’s in the top three, right?
Oh yeah, here’s a second-to-last shot at the mail and we will be here for an IGBT tonight around 7. See you then.