Add one more to the list of things to do; and a star is born
Speaking of things I generally pay scant attention to …
When people ask me what things I’d like to cover that I haven’t covered before, the lists is pretty predictable.
I’d like to do a soccer World Cup, I’d love to do a European basketball championship and a Kentucky Derby might be on the list.
Now I am soooo going to Monaco, it’s not even funny.
Saw a bit of the Grand Prix on Sunday morning because people far more knowledgeable on F1 racing told me to and any event that runs in that kind of gorgeous environment probably shouldn’t be missed.
If you’re looking for the most picturesque setting for a sports event, those cars running on those winding streets with those homes all around them and the boats about 15 feet away from the course is about as good as it gets.
In fact, I’m wondering if it might not be right at the top of the list?
What else is there?
Best I’ve ever seen was looking out from the stadium at the Barcelona Olympics and seeing the city spread out below and Sagrada Familia in the distance.
It was breathtaking.
Trying to figure out the best views from any North American parks or other Olympic venues I’ve been at and if I had to come up with two to round out a top three list after Barcelona I’m going with:
Horse Guards Parade, London
Forget that it was sun and basically fun and beach volleyball, seeing Big Ben and the palace and the view out of this world.
Nat Bailey Stadium
A gem, just a gem.
Small, tucked into the middle of nowhere, home to minor league baseball in Vancouver there’s just a feeling of relaxation that washes over you when you’re whiling away a couple of hours watching minor league baseball.
Now, North American parks are basically not all that memorable, they might be nice inside and are somehow integrated into their neighbourhoods and are more functional than anything.
But I guess the one that stands out that I’ve been to is Wrigley; it’s perfect how it’s nestled into a neighbourhood, not intrusive and very much a part of the fabric.
It’s better than Fenway, that’s not even debatable and is the best one I’ve been to.
The other, and the one I haven’t seen, is the ballpark in Pittsburgh, which I’m told is the best of any of the new ones.
I’m thinking a road trip’s in order, no?
What have you folks got on these?
I have absolutely no clue why this popped into my head early this morning, proving once again my mind can be an entirely scary place.
So, it was nice of the Miami Heat to show up – the real Miami Heat, that is – and dominate Game 3 of the Eastern Conference final, I guess.
Too bad the game turned out to be so boring and uneventful but if they play that way the rest of the way, this thing might be over sooner rather than later and the NBA Finals might get one-sided.
The best thing?
As we’ve seen in a few scattered incidences, the Heat don’t always play that way, they seldom get that kind of production out of bit players like Udonis Haslem and they have been quite – not sure ordinary is the right word – but quite pedestrian at times.
Yes, they still have that LeBron dude and he was as good in Game 2 as any player has been in a big game in a very long time and they still have a big advantage in talent but there’s something about the Pacers that I just like.
Game 3 was a rout, start to finish, never in doubt but I still think that series has some juice and will become quite compelling.
It better because the other one is over.
No, I paid scant attention to the Memorial Cup – haven’t really since Hap and Paul Emms where leading the Niagara Falls Flyers to glorious victory over the Estevan Bruins, I think it was – but I hear a team named after a brewery won it and that can’t be a bad thing, can it?
Oh, and they had this pretty good player and it jogged the mind.
Right. McKinnon. Heard of him. Wrote about it. And if that’s not a prescient piece from an NBA training camp, I don’t know what is.
And since I’m hearing there’s a very good chance we’ll back in Halifax next October (at least that’s what was set up before the new guy gets here), I’ll be wondering what add-on items we can do.
Oh, and when’s Alexander’s birthday this year?
Yeah, that’s one classy family running that city of yours.
The best information I got over the weekend – and it was in this story that got knocked off during dinner on Saturday – is that today could very well be the day the Raptors get a decision on whether their No. 1 target to become the team’s new general manager will take the job.
And since I don’t know of, or haven’t been told about, any parallel chats going on with any other potential candidate, I would think the organization would like to know sooner rather than later because if Masai decides to stay in Denver – and the Nuggets are doing what they can not to lose him – the Raptors had better be ready to move quickly on to Plan B.
But whatever happens, the overwhelming feeling is it’s going to happen in the next 24 or 36 hours and we can all get on with our lives.
I wondered when this would happen.
Given the propensity of fans around these parts to latch on to guys who may not be stars but seem to embody all that is good in what we want about athletes, I wondered how long it would take until Munenori Kawasaki became a star in this city.
Yesterday was the day he cemented himself into fans’ hearts.
The game-winning double was one thing, the unadulterated joy was something else and this might be the single best post-game interview of all time.
This guy is now a legend here, no matter what happens in the future.