A bit of a rant, off on a tangent and a poll
Think we have to give Canada Basketball some credit.
There was a time I thought – rightfully so – that they kind of gave the women’s program short shrift, I don’t think it got the same resources, the same attention, the same support as the men’s team.
Sure, it got a camp here and there and maybe a tour every now and then and money was tough and I can understand – not accept, but understand – some of that.
Well, now the women are in Brazil for three games, they’ve been in Europe and China, they’ll have a four-stage season before the world championships qualifier next month in Mexico and when I was at practice yesterday there was all kinds of staff around.
They have a video co-ordinator that helps immensely with post-practice teaching, there are people to take care of a lot of the minutia so coaches can coach and trainers can train.
And it was good to see for one very specific reason:
The women have been better than the men for a better part of a decade.
Qualifying for two world championships and an Olympics in the last seven years is exponentially more successful than the men in the same time period and this group has everything reason to think another worlds berth is in the offing.
Know what else I like about writing about them?
(And this is a bit of a rant)
It’s the solitude because there was not a single other reporter out there yesterday and I find that a bit odd, and somewhat troubling.
Now, I understand totally that the men’s program is more sexy these days with the Golden Age of Canadian basketball” and NBA players and blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.
But this is a more accomplished team with just as many good stories holding its one and only practice in Toronto, the media centre of the country.
I’m not presumptuous enough to think I should tell people how to conduct their business and I’m fully aware of the staffing situations and time constraints on our industry.
And I guess this gets to a rant at a whole different level about what we do and how we do it so here’s a tangent:
If we want to attract readers or viewers or whatever, shouldn’t we be trying to find stuff that’s interesting without being the same? The boilerplate stuff of pro games and off-day stories gets far too much attention, in my opinion and it will be the paper or electronic outlet that branches out that thrives. I fully believe that for all the so-called “big” stuff like the major pro teams, people are going to always be able to find out what’s going on.
I think the media – and I put myself in that group and know there is far, far, far more that can be done – needs to offer the other stuff to truly serve its readers.
I tell kids I talk to all the time that we are as much educators as anything, we need to tell people stuff they don’t know.
And until we do a better job, we can’t be satisfied.
End ‘o rant. And tangent.
Okay, Super Son’s pretty much got this nailed now.
But not quite so need a real fix.
Back to the women for a second.
In case you ever wonder, they do not have a new veteran player that I’m sure to write about.
Kim Gaucher is Kim Smith and that’s about the only time I feel compelled to point that out.
There’s some mail but not really enough and I need to get my poop together and get enough done between now and Friday night so I can lay in bed Saturday morning and not have to get up to type. That’s a way better use of my time, right?
So help me out at email@example.com. You’ll be glad you did.
How about the Canadian men?
Haven’t been out to see them much but today’s a pretty big day down there, as we’ve mentioned.
It’s the last day in Toronto before they head off to an Orlando training camp on their next step to the worlds qualifier in Venezuela and they need to pare the roster a little bit.
Last I heard was they plan to take 14, maybe 15 on this trip which means two or three players have to be released today sometime and then two or three more will have to be let go before they get to Caracas.
Since I haven’t seen a lot of practice – and because I’m not as smart as Jay and his staff – I have no idea who has out-played who for jobs.
But if you only have 12 available spots, I guess the No. 1 job would be to figure out how many of what you need.
I’d go this way: Three point guards, five wings and four bigs as long as least one of those wings was capable of moving to power forward for a bit.
Sound about right?
And we’re going to end by conducting a little poll.
While sitting at the home desk the other day – and it’s a nice place to be every now and then and I look quite good behind it – Seinfeld was the white noise.
And it’s an anniversary show or somesuch with all sorts of clips. One of these was there and I laughed out loud.
Now, we know we have some TV experts Of A Certain Vintage who frequent here so how do we rank these, each from a different era, I’d say, and probably three of the best sitcom moments of all time.
I’ve got ‘em in this order: