Too many teams in a bloated event but one game worth watching
Far many little things today, didn’t see any one item rant-worthy and the lads were off so there was no big news out of the basketball here, either.
We’ll try to be better tomorrow after I get settled in Charlotte (Air Canada, American Airlines and the weather willing) and I know Ri-Ra and plan a stop but The Chicken gave me Brixx and a local brew called Copper or something so anyone else with a Charlotte recommendation, I could be all ears.
Being Of A Certain Vintage, I’m old enough to remember – vaguely – when only the NCAA conference champions got into March Madness (I do recall a brilliant game – I believe it was North Carolina State-Maryland for the lone ACC tournament bid that was one of the best single games I’ve ever seen) so you can imagine what I think of silly play-in games and a field of 68 teams.
Yeah, too bloated, all thanks to money and the NCAA’s inherent greed and, no, I don’t imagine I’ll be locked on any TV in a Charlotte saloon tonight watching, even though it’ll be hard to escape it in that bastion of college basketball.
But that remains the way things are going these days everywhere, all the regular seasons in sports mean very little with so many unqualified teams eligible for the “post-season.”
I do quite like the one-and-done nature of the tournament, it adds a whole different layer of drama from the pro sport series, but I just think it would be – and was – more compelling with there were far fewer teams taking part.
Oh, and it’s going to make my silly bracket even harder to fill out and give you all kinds of chance to mock starting Thursday morning when you see it.
Yeah, I’ll do one after tonight’s games when we get to a field of 64 (oh, my best guess now is that I won’t have any of the First Four actually winning a game) and put it up here in Thursday’s usual fare as soon as the Tall Foreheads tell me how to do it.
So I ask this friend of mine to give me all the pertinent details on Canada Music Week because I have no real clue and when I get the list of things I should see or pay attention to, I’m totally in a fog.
But then there’s this one and it’s not too bad at all,, pretty darn good in fact, so you should know about Trouble & Daughter if you want something current.
Oh, and the big fella is the son of Denny Dougherty of Mamas and Papas fame so there’s some DNA working pretty well.
A priest, a rabbi and a reverend walk in the bar.
Bartender looks up:
“What is this, some kind of joke?”
(I’m here all week, folks)
Obligatory Raptors note since they were off yesterday to rest up for last night’s big fund-raising Players Gala with the pucks and the TFCs.
(Actually they got the day off because they have to get to 16 on the season and it was logical)
Anyway … Talking a guy yesterday about Quincy Acy down in the D League and whether or not he’d be back here any time soon and it sounds like, for now, they just want him down there in Bakersfield and playing a lot.
Seems he’s playing all right, too.
They like that he’s averaging 7.6 rebounds, 13.3 points and about 29 minutes a game in what has always been a guard- and wing-dominated league.
And as long as he’s playing a lot there, there is no need to bring him back to the NBA where he might get a minute here or there in rare circumstances.
Speaking of the NCAA, can’t imagine too many of you paid rapt attention to the women’s selection show.
But here are four teams you might want to at least pay a little attention to for the Canadian content:
Notre Dame: Natalie Achonwa, a No. 1 seed in the Norfolk regional.
UCLA: Nirra Fields, a No. 3 seed in the Oklahoma City regional.
Syracuse: Kayla Alexander, a No. 7 seed in the Oklahoma City regional.
Texas Tech: Christine Hyde, a No. 7 seed in the Spokane regional.
Not sure how much, if any, of the women’s tournament we’ll be able to see on TV up here but if you can watch, you should at least check it out.
No, the Netherlands didn’t win.
Figured as much.
But I’m thinking a Puerto Rico-Dominican Republic final in the WBC tonight might be one of the best baseball “parties” you will ever have seen.
As we know, significant international sports events evoke such tremendous passion it’s hard to describe and when you get two nations of close geographical proximity and a history, a one-game showdown for something declared as a global championship only adds another layer of intensity.
And seeing how these are the dog days of sports – relatively uninteresting regular season games are about all we’ve got, although that Boston-Miami NBA game last night was special – having something of important to watch kind of makes it a night.
Oh, speaking of Canadian music …
Super Son, like so many other urchins, comes off a week’s vacation last and it’s back to school and the grind of education, right?
Well, maybe not.
He announces to me yesterday that, while Monday was indeed a full day of readin’, writin’ and ‘rithmatic he gets to bail on a period or two Wednesday because, well, I guess because an entire week of uninterrupted education would be too much for a teen’s brain to process.
But then he explains and I guess if you’re going to ditch a class or two and you have some musical interests, blowing off English to listen to the Canadian Brass play isn’t a bad thing.
I just wish there’d be some way when I was growing up to let us combine out-of-school interest with getting a few hours out of class.
But I guess there weren’t any experts in “Ditching Geography and French To Play Pinball Before Checking Back In For Basketball Practice.”