An easy game, a big loss and a story of tattoos
That was a laugher, wasn’t it?
Actually a pretty awful game at a lot of levels but it was easy to write about (and we know …) and was over in 2:04 because no one needed to call a timeout in the final five minutes and I’ll take that every night.
And some stuff happened, at least.
But let’s do a bit of more first.
When you go to the list of Canadian icons, Stompin’ Tom has to be on it, right?
He was a character and a homespun dude who was pretty simple and kind of entertaining. Probably doesn’t resonate at all with the younger set and certainly wouldn’t fly in today’s entertainment world but what the heck. He was pretty special.
RIP, good man.
Share and share alike
Now, 24 assists on 37 made baskets isn’t going to set any world records or anything like that but seeing how the HOTH had 16 in the entire game the other night in Oakland, it was kind of notable.
There’s still a ways to go to get some fluidity in the offence on a consistent basis but they did show last night that the main group can move the ball effectively and efficiently, even if it was against an opponent that was gawdawful for most of the evening.
But a baby step, for sure. And proof to themselves that they can do it.
Changing of the guard?
I don’t imagine Sebastian Telfair will supplant John Lucas as the backup to Kyle Lowry but he was okay last night.
Sure, as Dwane mentioned in the game story the fact Telfair was playing one of his old teams and was a bit juiced up for the assignment had a lot to do with him getting some time but I was impressed with what he did with it.
Now, Lucas is a shooter first and a scorer second and there’s a spot for a guy like for him but Telfair’s defence was exemplary. And I’m told by friends in Phoenix that it’s his calling card so maybe there’s an extender spot for him the final 20 games?
He’d like it.
“I was expecting to get some minutes but I didn’t know how many. I appreciated the 26 minutes though, I will tell you that.”
A wee blip
It’s the end of the third quarter, Raptors get the ball with about 35 seconds left and Dwane’s on the sideline yelling “two for one, two for one” because it’s a perfect chance to get a couple of shots before the quarter ends and the game’s pretty much in hand so why not try it.
Well, they go missed shot, offensive rebound with time to hold for a final shot, a turnover and them commit a foul at the other end.
No, that’s not how you draw it up. At all.
The rest of the more?
Heard something last night at an NBA game that I’ve never heard before and I hope I never hear again.
You know how much sponsorship has crept into professional sports here with too much signage, too many companies “presenting” games, too many events “brought to you by” and I won’t be surprised when company logos show up on the jerseys of major professional sports teams.
(Yes, I know the CFL already does it and teams have the logos of the manufacturers discreetly sewn into their jerseys now so we’re pretty much there).
But last night was too much.
At the end of each quarter, the PA announcer would, as they do in every gym, give the score.
This was over the top:
The Toronto Raptors 28, your Phoenix Suns brought to you by some casino and resort 24.
Isn’t that too much?
To say nothing of a sponsorship deal with a casino for a league that’s had some shady moments with gambling, I just think it’s wrong.
Right? It is wrong, isn’t it?
I guess it should be seen as inevitable so teams can maximize revenue streams but for some reason it just irked me an awful lot.
Hey, let’s start mail, okay?
It’s email@example.com and I’m going to have a whole lot of Friday to do it so help a fellow out, would you?
You know who you are.
So, what do you have for me at LA Live down by Staples? Never stayed there before but should arrive late afternoon and need a place to relax and maybe watch some games.
Okay, this is weird, too.
We’re in this sports bar/lounge about 20 metres from our hotel in Phoenix on the night before the game and then last night and it’s a typical joint.
Except one night we notice a woman working behind the bar with tattoos down the back of her calves and then last night another barkeep’s got a huge poem or something on her lower back.
Both of them had to be in their 20s, as most beer slingers are these days, so tattoos shouldn’t be too odd (I don’t get it, guess it’s a young person thing). These ones, though, were noticeable in that they were long, written passages.
Now, being the conversationalist I am, this couldn’t go without comment so I asked each of them what they were.
The first? Lines uttered by Audrey Hepburn because she’s a big fan.
The second? A passage from a Robert Frost poem that was used in one of those Twilight movies.
And both said about the same thing:
“Bet you didn’t expect that answer, did you?”
Maybe the best thing about the pucks?
One more Stompin’ Tom.