There's a difference one medal to the next
Hey, sorry I’m late.
Was at a women’s soccer news conference that droned on over here this morning.
Was having a discussion with someone yesterday in the aftermath of The Glorious Soccer Victory about the value of medals.
Not monetary but the value in perception and I think we made the case that not all bronzes are created equally and that team medals seem to capture the imagination of people more than individual ones.
The thing with teams is that they are an ongoing thing at Games; they play a lot, interest in them builds, there are more compelling stories to tell as the days unfold and there is a “win or go home” playoff round that can be anticipated.
It’s not to say a weightlifting bronze or a wrestling bronze or a judo bronze is in any way diminished but building to a crescendo as teams do just seems more interesting. Maybe that’s the North American in me, or maybe it’s the fact I like to follow things and tell stories over a few days rather than just do a one-off thing, but teams create a better buzz, don’t they?
Even if they ultimately lose, I think they just get into the collective consciousness a little bit more and become “ours” more than an individual does who pops up out of nowhere to become a one-day story.
I am quite glad to report there are no stories out there of young fellas driving cars into houses on their first day behind the wheel.
Well done, Super Son.
Who doesn’t like a little Vera Lynn to calmly get into the day?
As was pointed out to me after I mentioned it in The Biggest IGBT Ever by a handful of helpful people in varying degrees of disgust, it’s not …
Aussie, Aussie, Aussie; Oy, Oy, Oy
Aussie, Aussie, Aussie; Oi, Oi, Oi.
Sorry for the mistake but I still hate that chant with, as a friend used to say, the white-hot intensity of a thousand suns.
Yes, am off again to the basketball to catch the men’s semifinals tonight.
No, another diary is not coming unless they tell me to do it; it was fun but we need to debrief and see if we can make it better.
Got any suggestions?
Conductor bloke on train to Coventry yesterday:
“First-class service is available at the back of the train and there are four cars. You need a first-class ticket to use the first-class accommodation.”
And here we were thinking we’d just trundle back there.
We get to The Swan at the end of yesterday, guy behind the bar who knows us asks what’s been up for the day.
Been to Coventry to see the football, I tell him.
“Oh, nice. Football, good. Coventry, not so good.”
Bang on assessment. It’s a drab little city with, seemingly, very little to offer. It did, however, have a nice little store at the train station that’d had a sale on Stellas (two tall cans for four pounds) to make the hour-long train ride home a tad more amenable.
Hang on a sec!
Dwight Howard got traded?
Wow, who saw that coming?
But he got traded for Al Harrington, Arron Afflalo, Nikola Vucevic and Moe Harkless and a bunch of draft picks from teams that are better than Orlando?
Anyway, it does take time to see how trades of this nature really pan out – like two or three years – but the initial reaction is that the Lakers are waaaaaaay better and the Masai Ujuri could end up being the executive of the year.
You put Howard with Nash, Kobe and Pau Gasol and I don’t think it matters who the other guy on the floor is; that’s as good a team as there is in the league.
And Denver gets another very good player in Andre Iguodala from Philly but still has a trade exception worth about $13 million and, really, didn’t give up anything of consequence. If they use that money and add another stud they might not be as good as the Lakers but in an ever-changing West, they’re still pretty damn good.
Philly gets Andrew Bynum and loses Iguodala and maybe that’s an upgrade and maybe it’s not. If Bynum’s healthy – far from a sure thing – he’s as good a centre as there is in the league but for right now, I’d just say the Sixers are different. Not necessarily better, just different.
I don’t get it. I really don’t.
The four guys they’re reportedly getting are, well, frankly underwhelming and we have no clue what the draft picks will be but whatever they are, they are years away from being major contributors.
I don’t know – and no one really does – what other legitimate offers were out there and since Howard had handcuffed them from the beginning, perhaps this is the very best they could do.
I just don’t think it’s very good.
It’s not Williams-Williams-Mourning-pick bad, but it could be close.
Best thing, if the deal does go through? We don’t have to read one more sentence on what sources say about a Dwight Howard trade.