We tend to take care of our own, at least for a while
Bunch of the usual little things to wrap up our week.
These are the cool kinds of stories that I think are unique to Canada and I’m quite good with that.
Normally, I’d venture to say that Vasek Pospisil and David Hearn could wander down the main streets of pretty much any city in the country quite anonymously; they are talented athletes in their own right but basically unknown and unrecognizable to anyone but devout followers of the sports they play.
But because we’re Canadian and take a great proprietary interest in a lot of our athletes, I’m sure a far greater number of people are talking about the tennis player and the golf pro, at least for today.
I know I ended up sitting in my hotel room a bit later than I probably should have on Thursday afternoon watching Pospisil dispatch Thomas Berdych in the tennis and I did glance quite often at the PGA scoring site to see how Hearn’s outstanding first round was standing up.
It’s what we do. We care a bit when our athletes do well and they get in our minds and, I think, make a lot of us proud that they are representing our country so well.
I think it happened with the cyclist Ryder Hesjedal a year ago when he won the Giro and I’m sure if I reached deep into the dark recesses of my mind, I could come up with a few other examples.
Now, I don’t think one big day is going to make either of them much more famous than they were two days ago. They will go about their touring business and their careers with the same basic cadre of fans and supporters.
I don’t imagine too many more people will rush to check the agate in the newspaper every week than do already but I do think that now, when casual golf fans and tennis fans hear their names, the recognition factor will be increased and those same fans will feel a bit of a sense of pride.
I’m sure that doesn’t happen in too many other places, perhaps because a lot of countries have legitimate stars who are in the news all the time but I like that a few of you will know more about these guys now.
This has got a little bit of Montreal angle to it, right?
Seriously, I’ve got about five questions for the mailbag.
You’re better than that, right?
It’s email@example.com; help me out please.
Well, that was the first visit to Percival Molson Stadium and, have to tell you, it’s a pretty wacky place.
Yes, great view, nice little park nestled in a nice cozy neighbourhood but a bit disconcerting where we sit in the open-air press box.
A couple of firsts:
As I’m sitting there before the game, a couple of guys point out these inch-long spiders spinning webs about five feet above me and by the time the game had ended, they were about a foot closer and looking a bit more menacing.
Then, it’s about the third quarter, maybe the fourth, and I’m trying to figure out how we get down and across the field to do interviews (you traipse down through the stands disrupting patrons, of course, and dodging empty beer cans in the seats, of course) when the guy makes an announcement.
Seems the usual way you’d go down was out of order; dude says instead of turning right when you leave the press box, you should turn left.
“There are some bad raccoons there.”
Yep. Bad raccoons. Apparently they’re a bit miffed at a football game near the wooded area where they live and while I didn’t see them because I heeded his advice, imagined about six of ‘em looking menacing, maybe holding sticks to beat us with and scaring the bejeezus out of everyone.
Spiders and raccoons. Never been an issue at the Air Canada Centre.
No, it’s not Schwartz’s but wandering up to Dunn’s for a smoked meat lunch wasn’t a bad idea at all. Did I pick right?
And you how yesterday we were talking about hotels and what they need to have?
Well, they need to have lobby bars where they don’t give last call at 11:50 p.m. and toss people out at about 12:25 a.m.
And, no, I couldn’t venture out anywhere with a 5 a.m. wakeup call to do this before flying home but it would have been nice to have one more.
So how’d Canada look?
Heard from a couple of spies that it wasn’t a bad game, they drew a good crowd which is nice to hear and pulled away at the end.
Not at all surprised that a couple of veterans – Levon Kendall and Jevohn Shepherd – played key roles because this team’s going to need some old heads to help it through the development process.
Other than that, I heard there was a little contretemps involving Andrew Nicholson and Samardo Samuel at one point that’s hardly unexpected. There’s pretty much a fight or the threat of one in every game, I’m sure tensions will be even higher Saturday night.
Looking forward to taking that one in.
Should I be at all concerned that Super Son turns The Big 1-7 today and what he wants to do most is head to the game store to get stuff you need to be 17 to purchase?
He’s a good kid, hasn’t messed up yet and I don’t imagine he will.
But I still have a lot of trouble with the fact I have a kid in his late-teens. Where do the years go?