Best teams often win and how the pucks folks should grovel
Guess the corollary to “that’s why the play the games” would be “often, the best team wins” and, yeah, that’s what happened.
Not sure who it was but as we’re walking out of Dwane’s post-game thing, it’s said:
“You could get the all best ex-Raptors together and they couldn’t beat that team.”
Anyway, 1-2 so far on the homestand, 4-2 was the worst I thought they could go and a big week approaches.
So much for that idea
Don’t look for any change of the starting small forward, Dwane made pretty clear.
“I have all the confidence in the world in Pietrus. He’s doing a good job defensively, we try to mix it up. We have to have something coming off the bench, which we do.
“You win a couple of games and you don’t say anything about it but I like what he brings to the floor defensively. He has to be aggressive offensively and give us to it that way.”
So there you have it. Still not sure they’re getting enough but Dwane does make sense in that the way the rotations are working seems to be doing all right most nights, no sense messing it up.
Still, maybe a bit quicker hook would be a good idea some nights?
An interesting point
Dwane hit on it almost right off the bat post-game, affirming something we noticed pretty much all game.
When the Thunder defence got intense and they pressured every player in a halfcourt set, the HOTH pretty much froze. Not sure how many times we saw it – I’m guessing more than 20 – but instead of moving the ball, everyone waited for the stifling defence to get on them and then were dead.
Hardly the same style they used in all those wins and one of the more troubling aspects of the afternoon.
Today’s a big day for a handful of players on bubbles around the league; if they’re not waived, contracts become fully guaranteed and that’s why you’ll see a whole bunch of marginal players with non-guaranteed deals cut loose.
No one’s going anywhere. And with a full roster that includes three injured guys (Valanciunas, Bargnani and Kleiza; we won’t know anything about Ross until tomorrow since today’s a day off for them) there’s no real room to do anything anyway.
So we sit and wait until the next pressure point, February’s trade deadline.
A bit more?
Of course, including the big news!
How good am I?
Dismantled the Christmas tree and only broke three inconsequential ornaments doing it! None of the good stuff got busted.
A successful end to the holiday season, I’d say.
You know me and American college football, right? I have little interest all season – the bowl season bores me because there are so many – but I will admit to having a passing interest in the Notre Dame-Alabama game tonight.
Maybe the fact it’s for a championship – a fake championship but a title nonetheless, I guess – has something to do with it but it probably has as much to do with it being Notre Dame.
Maybe it was because we were inundated with Irish games when I was a kid – I remember a snowstorm Cotton Bowl with Joe Montana that was pretty good – and those kinds of things stick with you, don’t they?
I’m not saying tonight will be destination viewing but I do imagine a lot of people will stop and take a glance at least.
Besides, Notre Dame has a pretty good fight song, no?
So, the pucks are back.
I’m going to say this and then that’ll be about it for the whole sordid affair and I think I was close to this last year when the basketball settled.
Here are three things that need to happen:
Cut ‘em some slack
Every NHL team should, today, announce that the cost of every ticket to every game for this season will be cut by 15 per cent. That’s every single-game ticket, every season ticket, every mini-pack ticket and if people were silly enough to leave their money on account with any team during this mess, they need to get a rebate today.
And every team needs to pledge that there will be no increase in ticket prices for the 2013-14 season, too.
Help the people out
I don’t care where they find the money – licensing fees, TV money, take out a freaking loan or spend Gary Bettman’s or Don Fehr’s salary – but every part-time arena employee who was screwed over for money they needed through the fall and, especially at Christmas should be given a $5,000 bonus the first night they work this season.
They needed the money the league and union screwed them out of at a traditionally tough time of year and since everyone connected with the league is rich beyond the wildest imagination of mere mortals, it’s the least they can do.
And I’m talking about all arena people, ushers, ticket takers, concession workers, security people; all of ‘em.
Get out there
I don’t know the specifics of the standard players contract but if it calls for 10 public appearances for each player each season, each guy has to do 20 this year.
And for every one they blow off for whatever reason, they should pay a $20,000 fine.
Hey, I remembered!
Here’s how my friend Darnell chronicled that game for the Oklahoman.
So my man Coop The Photog snaps this on Friday night and since I’m one of the few who can communicate in Chicken, you should know we’re probably mocking something good-naturedly.