Looking at some things from a different perspective
Yeah, we’re a little bit late today, stuff happens.
But we’ll back to normal on a nice quick Eastern time zone trip for a couple of days.
No, I did not watch a second of the TV show – Mighty Navy Tigers were rolling to convincing victory – but, yes, I did look at the schedule.
And liked what I saw quite a bit. Not ready to say it’s the best schedule ever because they all seem to meld together
Now, I didn’t break it down like some to figure out wins and losses and what have you. Grunts Of A Certain Vintage look for other things and here’s some good and some bad from this angle:
A one-game road trip to New York on Dec. 27 means home for the holidays and no Christmas Day flight.
An easy one-gamer at Washington after the all-star break, an easy trip home from New Orleans.
No long west coast grind right out of the chute (six of the first nine on the road is a bit of pain) and only two trips to California.
Enough afternoon games to ease any deadline stress.
Two nights off in San Francisco (three if we stay the extra day before Phoenix game) and well spaced-out western journeys not packed with back-to-backs.
The lone trip to New Orleans ends a back-to-back, no long visit to Frenchman Street.
Yes, New Year’s Eve in Chicago might hold some promise but a Jan. 1 home game against Indiana kind of tempers that enthusiasm.
The Denver-Portland back-to-back that starts the Denver-Portland-Utah-Sacramento-Clippers odyssey has got a Lewis and Clark feel to early February.
Lots of December road games creates the potential for travel nightmares.
Yet another Miami-Orlando back-to-back and that’s a long boring drive between the cities.
So there you have it and here’s one for the TV folks to contemplate:
Next summer, instead of the studio talking heads putting in time discussing whatever it was they discussed, I’d bring in half a dozen beat writers and let us play “my schedule’s worse than yours.”
That’d be fun, no?
I know I’ve to got to hit Schwartz’s for lunch tomorrow but what’s the name of the Irish place up the street on the left from the Marriott next to the Peel Pub?
Was a good place to settle, as I recall.
Anything else I should know on my first Argo Boy trip there?
I know, I’m sure I’ve done this before but what the heck.
Heard it this morning and smiled. And getting a smile out of me early in the morning isn’t the easiest thing to do.
May as well start the mail, right?
Gonna have a lot of free time since there’s no shootaround tomorrow, why not help me out?
It’s firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks.
So the TOD’s out in Seattle and according to Griff on the tweeter it turns out to be not only a home game in the ballyard but quite the Canadian night out.
Something about Jaeger bombs and people from Whistler and I have to tell you, it’s kinda cool that the Pacific northwest is a second home for Canadian baseball fans.
I know it’s not the same but I wonder if that’s part of Tim Leiweke’s grand plan, that somehow, someday, the Raptors can have that kind of appeal throughout Canada that when they travel to American cities close to the border – and Seattle will be back – that it may not turn into a “home” game like the baseball apparently does but that people will flock to see the Raptors when they can.
Believe it or not, that does exist a bit right now. In pretty much every city we go to, there are pockets of Raptors fans who feel some kind of ownership of or kinship with the team simply because it represent Canada.
It cannot be forced, you can’t tell people how they should act but it struck me reading Griff’s stuff that the basketball team, despite a distinct lack of success, already had components of national support that is a good building block.
Winning will help immensely and so will subtle efforts to be more connected from coast to coast. It can’t be forced, but it can be done.
Summer Of Firsts continues, thanks to the football.
Have done games in Vancouver and Winnipeg – Winnipeg had a far better ambiance, even if the team wasn’t particularly good – and I’m very much looking forward to tomorrow night at McGill.
It’s been interesting seeing new teams and a relatively new game in new cities for new experiences this summer, eye-opening in some ways and I’m quite excited about the Montreal trip.
From what I’ve been told, and what I’ve seen on TV and read about, it’s the prettiest little park going, the fans seem to enjoy themselves and there’s just one thing I need more than anything else:
No chance, right?
I know my Chickens and when it comes to Chickens, I think I might have a three-way tie between our little he/she/it at the HOTH, Youppi and the Phillie Phanatic.
Those are like the clown princes of stuffed animals in my books.
Oh, I’d say Mr. Met would be right there, too.
Told you that you folks were good with the uniform stuff.
You saw this, right? Including a little video that we put together?
Now, I don’t think anything comes of it, and for as many people who thought it was a good choice, I’ve got a couple who don’t see the allure the one we picked as No. 1.
But the one you didn’t see, the one I kind of liked but not nearly enough to shout down the other two guys was the Arrows.
I have no idea who sent it in or if they did it on purpose but if it had to do with the Avro Arrow, that would have been very cool. And that’s what I’m going to with as the reason for my support for it.