A big challenge awaits, one to be embraced
How about a few little things to wrap up another kind of loafing week?
Sounds good to me.
When we were talking to Jay after Canada’s game Thursday afternoon – an impressive rout of Mexico with an outstanding fourth quarter – he hit on one hugely interesting point.
How much fun it should be playing Venezuela in Venezuela tonight.
Yes, it will be hard – there’s lots on the line, there should actually be some people in the arena and the atmosphere could be incredible – but it also should be fun.
This team has show far more mental resolve than some expected, they have been tough in most instances throughout their first five games and you can almost sense the confidence of the group growing.
And they should embrace tonight’s opportunity rather than be intimidated by it in the least; there’s a bit of “eff you” to this team now, they can be tough, they’ve won tough games and played well in them, I would expect we’d see the same thing later on today.
It is a very, very big game, too.
It’s impossible right now to figure out what number of wins it’s going to take to get one of those four sports in the World Cup. Four wins in total might do it if other results fall the right way but there are chances of crazy tiebreakers that take into consideration head-to-head results and point differential if there are multiple teams with the same record.
I’m sure that five wins into total will do it and getting tonight’s game against the hosts alleviates all kinds of pressure to reach that number.
With the exception of the fourth quarter in the Puerto Rico game, Canada has answered every challenge all the way through.
Tonight’s in their biggest; it will be the story of the evening.
Seriously, you cannot get enough U2.
I know nothin’ about nothin’ when it comes to women’s soccer unless Not Grace or The First Lady Of The Beat tell me (always look for triangles, as I recall) but I am of the opinion that Soccer Canada’s decision to keep John Herdman around as the team’s head coach through 2020 is a wise one.
I only dealt with him on the periphery a few times in London last summer and I think only once before the Olympics but he seemed to me to be more than qualified and you can’t argue with his success. The women seemed to take what he said to heart – far more than the abysmal failure of Carolina Morace before him – and his teaching made them as good as they’ve been.
I recall one night in some London pub after an Olympic game (yeah, go figure!) and there was all kinds of talk about how he’d be a great coach for the men’s national team and maybe that’s where he’d end up.
And I thought – it must have been early in the evening – why? Why would you obviously weaken the stronger of the two programs on the off chance that he’d be able to work some magic with what’s a historically worse side?
Guess it has to do with the old men vs. women thing and where do we put our resources argument that I’m sure rages in some boardrooms.
Like I said, I know nothin’ about nothin’ when it comes to women’s football unless I steal thoughts from learned colleagues but I do know a little about a few things and this is a move that makes sense and, frankly, screw the men until they play better.
Got a beef with Canada Post.
Seems they must have lost all my invitations to the various TIFF galas since none have arrived yet.
If you folks running them would just send a note telling me where to be, it’d be appreciated. Free pretty much every day except next Tuesday at lunch when I have a thing I can’t miss.
But this whole film festival thing gets to the core of what passes for “news” now, doesn’t it? While the movies are at some level important and I don’t mind the critical looks at them at all, the incessant need to know which celebrities ate and drank where is a bit overdone, no?
Do people really care? And, if so, why?
Mail? There’s some there but certainly not enough. Although the note that said I’m cute sure made my day.
It’s firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re so inclined and since I have plenty of down time after a quick trip to the peninsula today, the earlier the better for me.
So, every NBA arena is now going to be equipped with those motion cameras for analytical break downs, the ones that caused such angst around these parts last season when that Grantland story – ill conceived that it was – hit the fan.
It’s a cool thing, it has to enhance the product for people so inclined to search the web for information about their team and you have to applaud the league for making it available and being proactive.
But I worry.
I worry that it will be difficult for fans to really put the information in context or to understand it at the same level that some coaches and players do and sometimes a little bit of knowledge can be a dangerous thing.
I think it should be seen as fun and an interesting way to view some aspects of the game. I’ve always said that advanced stats – and that’s what this is only in video form – have a place in the game but that the enjoyment should come from watching rather than statistically breaking down nearly every possession.
It’s an innovation and I hope that it doesn’t become all-consuming and the main way people pay attention to the game.
Maybe those are unfounded concerns, maybe they’re not.