Of blame and success and, of course, a rant
On the good side for them, think of all the money they’re saving in confetti costs.
It’s too easy, and wrong
Yes, the two inbounds plays were botched, the pass that Tony Parker intercepted and the five-second call.
But if you want to ascribe blame to one person, it would be a grave mistake. As we’ve said too many times to remember, it’s never one guy; there’s always something else going on that people tend to forget.
Except the people who count, like the coach.
“At that time that’s when you have to have that razor-like focus and get open, set solid screens and come aggressively to the ball. You can’t tiptoe and do that, those are things that are the mark of a young team, a team trying to find itself and that’s who were are.”
So, yes, the Calderon pass that Parker picked off was a bit soft but Lowry kind of nonchalant going to the ball, the screens in both situations were soft and there’s more than enough responsibility shirked to have a discussion.
As there always is.
But that’s not how the world works, I’m afraid; too many people are into much of a rush to find one thing they lose track of the bigger picture.
It is forever thus.
According to the great people at the Elias Sports Bureau and passed on to all by the inimitable Marc Stein, that game Sunday was the first since the advent of the shotclock in 1954 that the first five quarters of a game were either tied or with a margin of one point.
Does that make it the closest game in NBA history?
You could make that point and that’d be pretty cool to have seen it, no?
Another admission coming?
Yes, that was Gregg Popovich out at mid-court – and I’m taiking right out at the circle – ranting the face of an official during a timeout late in the fourth quarter and, yes, that was an official shying away and swallowing his guts and his whistle and taking it like a chastised child.
And, shockingly, seconds later there was a cheap illegal screen call on Valanciunas.
How about some Grey Cup stuff?
Right after this.
Dean Martin singing about Houston? How good is that?
It’s certainly not my favourite city – it’s far too spread out (there are about four “downtown” areans) – and there doesn’t seem to be a lot to do in the neighbourhood where I stay for games (down by the arena for ease of game-day access) and I’d definitely have in the bottom third of league cities.
That said, it’s Dean Martin!
Okay, so 34-22 isn’t 29-25 but you get my point, right?
Congrats to the Argos on a rather dominant victory – at no point at any time after about the start of the second quarter did you really think they’d lose.
Now, people, tomorrow there will be what’s known as a “victory parade” in downtown Toronto. It is when a championship team is feted in the streets by adoring fans and always accompanies some significant sporting victories.
It is not to be confused with people honking horns driving the main drag after some first-round single-game playoff victory.
It is bigger than that. Not many have experienced it, just want to let you know.
The dusting of snow on the ground during Super Dog’s early morning walk was a bit dismaying. Almost enough to make me put the flip-flops away.
You know, it's all well and good and quite nice that a global icon like Beebs or whoever you spell it appreciates the opportunity to perform for free at the Grey Cup.
Now, if only he was more respectful of his county, I'd take him far more seriously.
I say this not as a writer but as a Canadian: you may not like the policies or politics of the Prime Minister but if he is honouring you in any way you need to respect the office and the nation and you do not ever show up looking like some hillbilly punk.
That doesn't make me an old grump, it makes me a grown up and a Canadian.
I’m not talking a black tie outfit but in the name of all that’s good in the world, the kid needed to look like a human.
There is no explanation, there are no mitigating factors, there is no way anyone can offer any logical reason for that affront.
The kid should be embarrassed and ashamed.
That said, he was better at the Grey Cup than The Who was at the Super Bowl, no?
Well, except for the obvious lip-synching, that is.
Please, someone tell me that I misheard and that Burton Cummings didn’t really blow the words to O Canada?
I know he screwed up the “all thy sons command” line and that’s despicable enough but didn’t it sound like he missed later in the song, too?
So what do the Argos do now?
I know at least one guy – hello, coach Steve! – who vows to return as a season-ticket holder after a few year’s absence following the success of this season but the real trick will be if they can attract new fans.
And I wonder if they will.
I’d hope that they have their 2013 season ticket program ready to launch today because if they don’t, they will lose a huge opportunity to cash in on the goodwill of the week.
It seemed to be a wildly successful celebration and game and result, now is the time to somehow leverage it with tickets and videos and souvenirs and the like because sports fans tend to have short memories and if they wait until the spring, it will be a huge chance blown.
By the time they start up against next summer, the Blue Jays could very well be the talk of the town; right now, the Argos pretty much have the city to themselves and a championship to crow about.
I hope they do.