Mental toughness, movie time and me and Method Man
So, how big a trap game is this for the locals?
Charlotte, owners of an underwhelming 9-25 record, arrives tonight smack dab in the middle of two other key Eastern Conference games for the Raptors and if there’s one that they could possibly spit up, this is it in spades.
I imagine they know that, you can be assured that Dwane has hammered that point home a zillion times this week but, again, we’ll get a look into the psyche of this team by how it plays tonight.
Do they have that sense of urgency so necessary against any opponent?
Or do they bring the laissez-faire attitude they had against Sacramento, in another trap game following a big win over Portland and before a key game with Philly?
Who knows, and that’s why this team is so interesting to cover.
As the great Rick Bonnell down in Charlotte points out, the Bobcats have won two straight on the road and are feeling not so bad about themselves and since one of their wins this season came at the expense of Toronto, you can be sure their confidence will be high as well.
That loss, of course, should also rankle the Raptors and, while I don’t think any athlete should need it, it should also serve as some kind of motivation, shouldn’t it?
If you remember, that was the game the league admitted that the referees blew on the non-call against Andrea at the buzzer and if there’s such a thing as payback, this would be a night to show it.
So far since the middle of December, the Raptors have pretty much taken care of business as they should have. They’ve won games they “should” win, played hard most of the time and when challenged, they’ve responded.
Tonight is more of a mental challenge than a physical one; getting up for a so-so team is sometimes hard, the tendency is to look at record and recent history and coast just a tiny bit, hoping that turning it on at some key point in a game will suffice.
It won’t. They better hope they know that.
Well, that was a delightful evening.
Thanks to the good folks of the local Lithuanian community and the Raptors, got invited to a screening of The Other Dream Team and, as I mentioned before after I saw it on a computer thanks to a friend, it’s an amazing story about the role basketball played in the emergence of a nation.
The director, Marius Markevicius, has done a masterful job weaving the story of the 1992 Olympic bronze medallists into a historical piece.
I’ll have a lot more on Markevicius and the movie sometime later today (there’s some tape transcribing to do and we didn’t get to chat with Jonas after the film so that needs to be done) but suffice it to say that it was a great, great night and now I have to pay a bit of attention to the various awards shows coming up because it’s going to win.
And, before you ask, I don’t think there will be a general release in Canada for some odd reason but the flick is going to be available on iTunes shortly. Trust me, I’ll tell you when that is because I think fans should see it.
Lithuania. Basketball. Tie-dye. Grateful Dead.
Pardon the digression.
I work with words. I write. I consider myself at some level an educator. I provide readers with information and hope it allows them to broaden the depth of their knowledge.
I am not a teacher but aspects of my job include that.
That the man ostensibly in charge of the education of a city’s youth would find it in any way possible to blatantly steal the work of others and pass it off as his own is shameful and, frankly, a disgrace.
I didn’t follow this Spence fellow when he was whatever he was with the Toronto school board because it’s not the board that’s in charge of my son’s education.
But I have followed it the last few days because blatant plagiarism is a blackmark on writing and education; it cannot in any way be condoned.
That he resigned is the only just conclusion to this matter; and I’m glad he resigned because if he’d been fired he would have been paid more money and that’s wrong.
It’s not often I think someone should lose his or her job, I tend to forgiving like that; this was such egregious fault, a dismissal or a firing had to happen.
End of rant.
We all know TV runs the sports world, right?
It has a hand in who play whom and when the games start. It is involved in all manner of scheduling, from the full season to in the game.
It is all powerful because it pays big bucks and leagues and teams are forced to kowtow to far too often.
So should this – brought to my attention by the good folks at The Basketball Jones during my daily foray to their sight – should not in any way surprise anyone, right?
And doesn’t the simple fact that the camera and microphone are so intrusive speak to TV’s power?
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Yes, folks, I run in some pretty cool circles.
Method Man and I sitting around chatting yesterday – or Meph as we know him – and Sam’s over there talking to Raghav and it’s a pretty good day.
Thanks to the good folks at Off The Record – and Sam, who brought my name up – got to do the show yesterday.
And that opened a can of information I didn’t know, although I did know Method Man and was basically familiar with the Wu-Tang Clan from the olden days.
But thanks to The Mighty Q I know about Cheese and his unseemly demise on The Wire and, again thanks to The Mighty Q, to some I will henceforth be known solely as Crazy Beggar.
Got a nice ring to it, no?