Good night in a great gym; Ryerson's got something going on
Thanks to Ryerson men’s coach Roy Rana, got tipped about the Rams-Dawson College game at the new facility at the old Maple Leaf Gardens and, I’ve got to tell you, it’s some joint.
Perfect size, well lit, well appointed, convenient and I’d imagine just what the doctor ordered for an inner city university to help with recruiting and to give the kids a first-class facility to work out and play in.
The final fruits of my labour will be here or in the paper in the next couple of days but let me tell you, it was a good night catching up with friends watching university basketball and it’s something I have to do more of this season.
Aside from the first-class facility – and I tell you, the gym and the arena and the common areas are top notch in every regard – seeing the enthusiasm of the fans even if the game wasn’t so good (Ryerson drilled Dawson College, coached by Wayne Yearwood, and it was great to see an old national team guy and catch up but Dawson’s only had its team together for three or four days so there was no big surprise there) was pretty impressive.
I know, and you know I know, that CIS basketball for both men’s and women’s gets short shrift here and in the mainstream media all over the city and it’s too bad.
Yeah, I’ll find ways to get stories that aren’t about games, but wherever you are, if you get a chance to take in a CIS game, you should.
And if you’re in Toronto, you really need to see what they’ve done to that building that was, frankly, a dump as a hockey/basketball facility at the end of its long run.
I was as dubious as anyone about them turning it into a grocery store with a gym and an arena on top of it but they did a masterful job.
It’s going to be great for Roy and Carly Clarke, the Ryerson women’s coach, when it comes time to recruit, it’s going to be great for the players who will be given every opportunity to improve their skills in a first-class facility and it’s got to be good for the city.
I just hope they find a way – maybe with some giant high school tournament or something like that – to make it possible for more athletes to use it, it’s that good.
Heckuva night, actually. Saw a Henchman, caught up with former Mac coach Joe Raso, chatted with both Carly and Roy for my story, said hi to Wayne and a handful of others and got to see a game.
Can’t beat that with a stick.
All I know about TIFF12 at the moment is that if they have a screening of a movie called Looper and it’s not about a caddy, I’m worried.
Since you know better than anyone that nothing’s really done until it’s done and I’m told this is not quite done yet, take that under advisement.
But, there will be a non-guaranteed camp invite to Jamaal Magloire in the offing as there will be to Chris Wright, a 6-8 forward who spent some time last year with the Golden State Warriors.
Word on Wright is that he’s a tough-nosed competitor, offensively limited but if you have to practice against him every day, you better be ready to work because he will go at out at every turn.
Am also hearing there might be one or two more guys invited to camp – no names, they’re sifting through a few – but mostly they’d be as warm bodies on non-guaranteed deals.
Now, if the right opportunity came about they might guarantee someone a deal but it’d have to be for the minimum – they are out of cap space and split most of their exceptions on Aaron Gray, John Lucas and Alan Anderson – so that’s probably going to limit the field.
If you’re an NBA veteran looking for work right now – and I guess the two biggest “names” out there today are Leandro Barbosa and Mickeal Pietrus although some might put Josh Howard on that list – I’m not sure a minimum-value deal on a team like Toronto is going to be at the top of your list.
So as part of this new big-shot gig at school Super Son has to come up with a sax solo to play this week.
He’s trying to figure out what he’d like to work on the other day an all of a sudden comes up with this and, this ain’t bragging, he can bring it.
And who doesn’t like a little Moondance in their life?
I’m telling you, Van Morrison’s good. Very good.
And you all were pretty good on the mail yesterday but once I get this Ryerson thing written this morning, I’m going to have some time.
How about this Yankee collapse and how happy are you about it?
Sure, the Orioles deserve all kind of credit for playing a bit out of their heads but I’m sure there are those among you a bit gleeful at what’s going on with the Evil Empire.
And remember when I said September baseball is special because what’s at stake?
With first place in the division on the line, the Yankees got five in the top of the eighth to get into a 6-6 tie in Baltimore last night and then caved as the O’s got four in the bottom – three home runs, two by right-handed hitters off righty relievers – to win and jump into a tie for first.
Great game, great drama and if it happened in April, May, June or the summer, barely anyone would notice.