A weekend of glitz and glamour that's not too inclusive
So, the 2016 NBA all-star weekend bacchanalia is coming to Toronto?
Saw the report yesterday, don’t doubt its veracity, was kind of coasting and blowing off final days of vacation and made one call that couldn’t confirm it but there’s no reason to think it’s untrue, the process began months ago and I understand there were no other bidders. So …
Sure, it’s a good thing for the hotels and the restaurants and the clubs that I wouldn’t be allowed into; the city and MLSE will most assuredly put on a good show and that’s great.
For normal folks and run of the mill fans? Book your time on your couch now or expect to stand behind some barricade watching the swells go to all the big events.
Look, it’s not a bad thing and I’m glad it’s coming to some degree because it’s a wonderful city that will get to show itself off but it’s an NBA event, the league takes care of its people, its sponsors, its “partners.”
From my experience, I would suggest that perhaps 20 per cent of the tickets – and that’s a generous estimation – will be available to either of the two big nights.
Sure, there are player appearances that go with it and you can buy tickets to spend money at the JamFest and that’s a crowed barrel of fun and, yes, there are a lot of people here.
You know what it’s going to be like?
This is TIFF compressed into three nights, lots of celebrities in the city, lots of sightings, lots of paparazzi and lots of glamour.
But at least at TIFF, moviegoers get a fair enough shot at any ticket they want.
Not the case on an all-star weekend.
It’s a good thing because it will open some NBA eyes to what the city has to offer – February weather permitting, of course – and if stalking celebrities and NBA players is your thing, it’ll be blast.
But to think everything’s open and available to regular people and that you can rub shoulders with them? Guess again. Heck, last year you couldn’t even get into the players hotel without a credential and those security folks didn’t mess around with interlopers.
It’s a fun weekend. For some people.
And you all need to know this and remember it and understand it:
When you are reveling in this news and all happy that MLSE did something cool, take a second to know this process was begun and shepherded by Bryan Colangelo and Tom Anselmi.
This did not happen in the last four months, it is a years long process and without those two men, it doesn’t happen.
Kind of a spoiler alert, maybe.
Finally caught the season finale of The Newsroom yesterday – had been told half of it was really good so it was destination viewing for sure while I waited for meetings to end – and while a bit cliché at times it was tremendous in many regards.
And this cover at the end was top notch, had never of this band before, glad I did.
More Raptors news?
Man, you’re getting spoiled this morning.
While I cannot believe they haven’t put out a regular season broadcast schedule yet – guess balancing all those “partners” takes longer than you’d think – I do know that all the home pre-season games will be on NBA TV Canada.
And live, too!
Am told “soon” for the regular season TV schedule so all you folks who’ve picked out the handful of games you want to see live can know where to find the other ones and enjoy the fun and frivolity and interaction of the IGBT.
Oh yeah, we’ll be back with that gem again and I understand there are some tweaks to the look of it that will somehow improve it, as if that’s possible.
Mail? Let’s get started and some stuff for tonight would be good. Have a bit of a sleepaway thing to get some stuff checked out and presume I’ll have some idle time this evening.
So, it’s email@example.com and the earlier the better. Thanks.
Remember that sense of confidence I talked about around the women’s basketball team down in Mexico at the world qualifier.
Well, this was the winning quote from Lisa Thomaidis in our daily conference call after they routed Venezuela 89-45 yesterday.
“To be honest, nothing has been too surprising.”
Now, that’s not cocky, that’s just fact; they’ve played well and won easily – there was a bit of slippage yesterday but nothing to get too alarmed about -- and know that real challenges begin today when the face Cuba in the final preliminary round game.
A win gives them a perfect 4-0 record and first place in their pool and supposedly easier semifinal game they need to win to assure themselves of a berth in the worlds next year in Istanbul.
(I’m going, right boss?)
Cuba-Canada’s been a pretty good rivalry for while and if there’s one thing that’s been consistent, and it’s something Lisa mentioned, it’s that Cuba tends to coast a bit when or if they get up and you’re never really out of the game against them.
I remember one game at McMaster in Hamilton – think it was before the 2000 Sydney Games and was pretty important – where Canada got way behind and came back to win, the atmosphere that day in that gym was pretty impressive, lots of young female fans going nuts as the rally unfolded and I remember think then that it was nice for Canadian girls to see Canadian women athletes on their own soil so they’d have some role models.
And that’s something that has continued over the past 13 years, I think it’s important that young female basketball players know about this team and women on it and I know the players take very seriously the role-model aspect of their careers.
Hang on a sec.
The NHL has “penalized” the Kessel fellow of the Leaves by suspending him for three meaningless pre-season games?
Oh, yeah. That’s a crushing blow.