And now for something completely different
Okay, we should have known nothing good would come of this.
Gumby, Griff and I are sitting around the saloon after the Phoenix game and, of course, we get to talking about Stompin’ Tom and his demise and his place among all-time Canadians and we go with him being an icon, as we should.
But then the glasses start emptying and we start talking about the greatest living Canadian and that’s too subjective so we switch gears and try to figure out the Coolest Canadian Alive.
Well, now we have to order a second – we’re about 20 steps from the hotel so there’s no real rush – and start really thinking.
(Well, that’s relative for three sportswriters about 11 p.m. in a saloon but …)
But here’s the thing: What constitutes cool?
Is it things you do and how you do them? Or is it how you carry yourself? Do you have to do something serious and globally significant or just, you know, be cool?
And you can’t just be famous because there’s a huge difference between famous and cool. Oh, and you have to be alive.
We probably came up with 25 or 30 possibilities, all duly noted in the Handy-Dandy Notebook (and bonus points for anyone who gets that) and because this is my space, I’m narrowing it down to a personal Top 10.
In no particular order (except for the top three) here’s what we got.
She croons, she’s world famous, she’s married to Elvis Costello for goodness sakes.
He’s got that geek chic thing going for him, he’s got global interests outside of sport and he produced that wonderful Terry Fox documentary.
The guy was part of Cheech and Chong. Has to be on the list, doesn’t he?
Gumby and I had no reason to disagree with Griff on this one and I may be pandering to the younger set but he seems cool whenever I’ve seen him. He’s no Wale and that’s not a bad thing.
In the old-school folkie cool kind of way, right?
Duh! Plus, his dad was a sportswriter and he survived that.
And he was good
The guy was an intern at The Fan, for goodness sake. From such humble beginnings … (Plus I wanted to see if I could type his name correctly the first time. Let’s just say thanks, google)
Now, my personal top three, from three to one.
The guy’s an astronaut, rolling around in space doing big things, he tweets great pictures and talks to students. That ain’t cool?
Come on now? This is a no-brainer, right?
If you want cool, he’s it.
So, how’d we do? I’m not going to give you the rest our list because I figure some of you will come up with the same runnersup.
Yeah, you never know what you’re going to get here, do you?
Yeah, guess there was some yesterday for the HOTH, who got to LA overnight and spent part of the afternoon working out at UCLA.
Wish I had some news but there really isn’t any; and there’s really no burning issues to discuss. These are the end-of-the-season dog days (oh yeah, I know that feeling very well) and I have a feeling it’s going to be slow on more than one occasion the rest of the way.
One of the few things worth thinking about is whether Dwane uses Sebastian Telfair more often in the final 20 games to see what he’s got.
And even that’s not that big a deal because I think there’s got to someway to upgrade at that spot as the summer rolls around.
You folks did well on the whole mail thing yesterday but there’s always room for more.
You know the drill, right? Either click over there at the right or firstname.lastname@example.org.
You’ll be glad you did.
Man, how much does it suck that Hobbs has to pull out of the world baseball thingy?
I was never sure Canada’s offence was going to be good enough to make some noise and now it’s even worse.
But they still should get out of the first round, I’d suggest and, really, isn’t that probably all they would have done anyway?
Might be a fun team to watch but I don’t know that they can play with the big boys.
And now all I have to do is find some place near this hotel where I can go watch Canada-Mexico at lunch here; seems to be a good thing to do to kill a Friday afternoon waiting for a late game.
You know, if you’re on the road for about a week and go Central time to Pacific time to Mountain time and back to Pacific time with a game every other day and practices and shootarounds, you can get worn out.
Thanks for the tips on LA Live area but it was ESPN Zone, bar food, the first bit of Knicks-Thunder and an early night.
Yeah, livin’ the dream.
So, remember way back when we had an Irregular asking about one of our favourite Canadian women’s basketball players, Guelph’s Natalie Achonwa at Notre Dame?
Well, she’s back in the news again, one of three Irish players named to the Big East first all-star team. Not bad at all.
And The First Lady of the Beat knocked this piece off before she’s off to chronicle the lutzes and toe loops and kiss-and-cry set.
We didn’t run it but one paper did that I found and it’s a pretty good look at the big picture.