The reaction will be telling and help stop bullying, please
Yeah, this is a bit late again and once again it’s a lot of little things but soon one item will trump all the others.
If there’s one trait these fellows in the red, white or black uniforms have shown this year – besides the innate ability not to close games for the first six or seven games of the year – it’s an impressive level of resiliency.
Coming off that stinky effort the other night, it’ll be interesting to see how they bounce back tonight here in Cleveland.
Couple of issues at play:
Do they think that they just have to show up and they’ll win because Cleveland won an emotional road game last night in Chicago and that might be just satisfying for them?
And do they look at the fact Kyrie Irving didn’t play last night because of a sore and hyper-extended right knee and figure if he plays he’s not going to be 100 per cent anyway?
And do they look at the Cavs’ record and think, well, this is a win.
There have been nights this season where the sense of collective entitlement among the Raptors has been disproportionate to their talent and standing among the league’s teams. Dwane’s been harping on it for months; they have to play “desperate” basketball against whatever opponent is in front of them, they can’t think they’re just going to win because of who they are.
Sometimes they do and they have been feeling pretty good about themselves thanks to that run of six wins in seven games. There’s a fine line between confidence and over-confidence, I wonder how this group will walk it.
I am certainly not at the point where this is considered a “must-win” game for any reason (plus, I still think they’ll play important games in April but eventually fall short of their ultimate goal) but I do think it’ll be telling to see how they come out play.
Hard or passive?
Desperate or thinking they can turn it on when it’s needed?
Having been here often, I don’t particularly agree that Cleveland rocks but it was a good theme song to a pretty good show and I’m okay with Ian Hunter.
(And I believe there’s a very bad word mumbled at the start of this, be warned)
Hey, do we have any New Yorkers here?
Do me a favour? Call up you state fathers and GET THE DAMN THRUWAY FIXED!
I tell you, for a toll road in what purports to be a major state, that road from Buffalo to the Pennsylvania border is atrocious. Spend some of the dang money you collect to, perhaps, paint some lane lines on the road, or put up some lighting here or there and maybe get a rest stop or something.
And if this is some kind of federal issue, get on those dopes in Washington to fork out some infrastructure money to make some improvements.
Sure, it was rainy and slushy and windy and a slow drive anyway but, yeesh, that stretch of road is so substandard it’s not even funny.
End of rant.
Yeah, we could use more mail, I’ll have a lot of time today and Friday to get some done and with a crazy 6 a.m. flight out Saturday to Milwaukee, I need to get some stuff started today.
It’s the link over there to the right or it’s at firstname.lastname@example.org; come on and say hello, it’s fun.
So I get to the room late last night (drive was about six freaking hours thanks to road and weather) and I turn on the machine to catch up and hear the breathless reports about this incident in the Pacers-Warriors game.
And all I hear is chatter about the “brawl” and the “fight” and I’m thinking, well, that was more “skirmish” than anything and if had been contained on the court, not sure how big a deal it would have been.
But there are assuredly going to be suspensions – and I’d guess more than one game – to a handful of players because “brawl” or “fight” or “skirmish” you cannot have that kind of incident.
The interesting angle to the HOTH is how hard the league comes down on these teams, specifically the Pacers.
Indiana plays its next game at home on Thursday before heading to Toronto for Friday night so multi-game bans for, say, Hibbert and West will have an impact on a pretty significant Raptors game
The funny part of the whole thing: The goonish Tyler Hansbrough was nowhere near it.
I am such a dope.
We all know there is in the closet a shirt that some might deem pink, although I’m convinced it can be called a very light red.
Anyway, I see today is the day everyone’s supposed to wear pink for anti-bullying awareness and I am really ticked I forgot to pack the correct shirt.
As the father of a teenage Super Son, there have been days when I’ve worried about bullying, and having read all the stories about how devastating it can be to some young children, I cannot stress enough how we have to eradicate it as much as we can.
It is something that can scar, or do worse, to impressionable young people and I really think it’s incumbent on parents to get the message out to their children that they have to talk openly about it with someone if it’s a factor in a child’s life.
So do me a favour, would you? If you have the chance and your children are of that age, please have a word with them today about it, would you?
My good friends run this website – differentiscool.com – and we have to make sure our children and teens realize they need to respect each other, to let everyone be themselves.
IGBT tonight? You bet. See you around 7 p.m.