Vince, milestones, the Hall and one more silly TV sport
Oh, this’ll rankle more than a few of you, I’d suspect.
How about that Vince Carter?
Am sure you heard – and am sure some you were angered when you did – but HWSNBN went past Larry Bird – yes, THE REAL LARRY BIRD – on the list of all-time NBA scorers the other night.
Vince took a pass from Mike James – yes, THAT MIGHT JAMES – and drilled a three-pointer near the end of the third quarter of Dallas’s win over Sacramento.
So, what’s it mean?
Well, the obvious answer is it’s just a matter of longevity but I think that’s a bit simplistic, actually.
Yes, Vince is in his 15th season and has played 1,037 games and in this day and age, it would only figure that he’d pass some oldtimers on the all-time list.
But for those of us who’ve followed him for years, those simple facts are astounding to some degree. I certainly didn’t think Vince had a 15-year career in him when he was at the height of his fame, I wondered how his game would translate from the astonishing athleticism of his first seven years; it seems to have translated quite well. Vince can still dunk, although not nearly as effortlessly as he once did, but he can also play, he “thinks” the game far better now than I ever thought he could.
I laud him for sticking around this long and still having an impact on the game; he could quite easily be living out his dotage caring for his daughter and being a Dad, he’s playing on the last year of a contract and the last time I spoke with him he expressed a desire to keep going.
I bring him up today because later this morning I’m going to a news conference where a couple of direct inductees and the rest of the nominees for the 2013 Hall of Fame class will be announced.
And with that, and with a question someone posed to me here the other day, I’ll wonder whether I’ll ever hear Vince’s name there with a Hall of Fame class.
You can certainly see how he’d at least be nominated and I honestly think that will happen.
No, he never led a team to a championship or to even play for one and that is part of any Hall of Fame career, I think.
But he has now played 15 seasons and could end in the top 25 on the all-time scoring list. He has been a seven-time all-star and for a spell was among the most compelling players on the planet.
I can’t tell you how globally popular he was and I followed him all over the world; people were in awe.
So, yes, I can see him being at least a Hall of Fame finalist and then it’s up to wiser men than I to figure out if he gets in.
Sure, there was in the middle of his career a school of thought that he could have been more but it just didn’t happen.
But he is where he is today and that’s a helluva place to be.
Little known fact?
I’m a bit of a Mary Chapin Carpenter fan (don’t tell anyone, okay?)
So, given the locale, what the heck.
Okay, you know my hatred for the junk sports that clog the TV airwaves (and prove there are simply too many channels) simply because they’re cheap to produce or put on and are the mindless fodder that some see as white noise.
Well, I’m on the stool other day killing time only to look up at one of the many TVs in the joint (hello, Jack Astor’s at Square One!) to:
The New York City Kingpins vs. The Motown Muscle.
Yep, TEAM BOWLING.
Six guys against six guys and I swear the only thing I thought missing were empty cans of Schlitz and pizza crusts.
Yes, they professionals prying their trade, it should not be on TV. Guess they just couldn’t find a tape of an old pucks contest to throw on.
Please. It’s at email@example.com but can we cease and desist with the Andrea Bargnani queries. Trust me, I have enough to get through this weekend and all next week.
Not sure when we’ll do mail, figured we should do usual fare stuff through the weekend since there’s so much going on but we’ll get a couple of files up, if you’ll help and I find time.
Of all the feel-good stories around the Blue Jays right now, there was always one cloud and I was wondering how they would handle Melky Cabrera and his drug suspension of last season and the news that broke last week linking him to PEDs through a shady Florida operation.
Well, found out today.
The Jays and Cabrera put out this press release shortly after 7 a.m. Eastern time and it was a pre-emptive strike like I’ve never seen before.
No press conference to answer inevitable questions once and for all – and if they’d done that and shut it down for the rest of the year, I’d have been fine with that.
But I think he had to speak, at least once, and putting out a press release at dawn and having that be the final word for the season? That flies in the face of how I think issues like this should be handled.
Look, I don’t know Cabrera from Adam and have never spoken to him. But he is who he is and did what he did and I think in light of the latest report, he needed to do one more news event so some questions could be answered.
He and Jays took the easy way out; too easy.