Who'll be best first is a difficult question to answer, but we tried
It was kind of fun, actually, we were overwhelmed by the number of comments that arrived, many well thought out and which could have led to far more discussion.
But the heart of the conversation was supposed to be which team is closest to contention of the pucks, Raptors, TFCs and Blue Jays and while we didn’t come to any consensus, I’d say the Raptors are the next Toronto team to make the post-season, followed by the Blue Jays, TFC and I don’t know about the Leafs, mainly because I don’t know if there’ll even be a season and if there isn’t, what kind of setback that will cause. But the interesting questions was about championships, and whether it’s better for fans to have a team catch lightning in a bottle and win one before fading away or to have team that’s always in the post-season but still striving to win it all.
I can see both points, a championship run is exhilarating (or at least that’s what friends tell me, I haven’t experienced one in decades) but I honestly think the second scenario might be better.
After all, you have to walk before you run so getting in is the first job; and once you’re in, who knows what might happen, as we’ve seen so many times with lower seeded teams taking advantage of breaks (Philly in the NBA last year when Derrick Rose got hurt) or coming together at the right moment (last year’s Kings in the pucks, or the ’99 Knicks in the NBA).
But if I’m a fan and you gave me five straight years of playoffs – with hopefully a natural progression for a first-round exit – I might take that over one magical year and then nothing.
What do you think?
But, of course, in the discussion was a question of which team would win a title first of those four.
Me? I took the Blue Jays. It’s a sport where you can transform your team in very short time (two pitchers, three hitters with career years out of nowhere and you might get there) and the playoff journey is not nearly as arduous as the others. Get the right spot in the regular season and you could have a really short run to a championship.
We all agree?
Maybe you guessed this was coming?
If you’re looking for a Raptor who might come out of relative nowhere to have an impact this season I’m going to suggest you pay close attention to Alan Anderson.
He seems to have supplanted Linas Kleiza as the primary small forward backup – Anderson’s a better defender with quicker lateral speed and, frankly, he’s shooting it as well as anyone today – and Anderson’s just the kind of guy Dwane likes, as the coach told us the other day at the casino.
“He’s a solid pro; he’s a man and it’s man’s league. He comes out and brings a solid effort, he’s where he’s supposed to be all the time, nothing fancy, nothing flashy, he just goes about his job. And that’s what you respect about it and that’s why he’s back here.”
With Landry Fields struggling to shoot with any consistency, and with Anderson providing some of the toughness that Casey so loves, I wouldn’t be at all surprised if Anderson doesn’t have a much increased role once the season gets going.
Man, that was some wind overnight, wasn’t it?
Feel terrible for my friends in New York City and on the Eastern seaboard and I will say this: The forecasters got it right and I guess that might let them off the hook for the other scares that haven’t quite panned out.
Hope you all got through it safely.
So I see Amar’e Stoudemire might be out six weeks and Kobe might miss the Lakers opener with a sore foot and the NBA regular season is upon us.
I’m sure you’ve all seen this but if you haven’t (and shame on you!) here’s how one guy sees the year turning out.
And if you get back to our site this evening or tomorrow morning, there should be all kinds of Raptors stuff, too.
Hmm, I see not too many of you are in total favour of any kind of paywall we might put up sometime in 2013 after Mr. Cruickshank’s announcement yesterday morning.
As I mentioned the other week in a mailbag, I believe it was, there has to be some way for newspapers to monetize the internet since dwindling print advertising revenues are a huge issue.
Now, I also don’t think we can, or should, start charging for everything and I have the utmost confidence in our Tallest Foreheads that they won’t make that the case.
I know “trust us” might not be something you want to hear but I must say I was a bit taken aback by the rather strong reaction to a rather vague announcement from our publisher.
I think we should all just relax a little bit and see what they come up with next year; maybe it’s only “extra” stuff that carries a fee, maybe there’s a limit on the number of items that are free. I don’t know and – as hard as this is to believe – they haven’t shared their innermost thoughts with me.
But something is coming, it’s the way of the world and, sadly, it’s unavoidable.
But we also don’t know what it is.
Hey. Since you’ve all read that little discussion we talked about off the top, what did you think of it? First time we’ve tried anything like that and we always appreciate feedback.