Bags of cash, Selig goes and Europe; it's a Friday mishmash
Friday talking points, little things that probably be big things but I have neither the time nor the inclination.
But I’m sure something here will catch your imagination. Or not.
So FIBA has this long laundry list of criteria for its World Cup wild card berths that’ll be doled out next February and while you read through it, I thought I’d boil it down to the one thing that matters more than anything.
Now take a second to read it before I do because it’s a bit convoluted.
Here’s what I think works best:
Bags of cash.
Now, I am firmly convinced that the four berths will go to one of Russia or Greece, China, Brazil and an African nation and would be totally surprised if it went any other way but there’s also one other issue that kind of irks me.
Waiting until February to give the four berths out makes no sense to me. It doesn’t give those countries nearly long enough to set up a legitimate schedule going into September’s World Cup or stuff that needs to be done this fall to make it worthwhile.
The timing is of particular interest here since Canada still holds out hope of getting a wild card berth (not sure who has the bags of cash but that’s for them to figure out) and not knowing until February what kind of program they might need to run has to be a bit of a setback.
But here’s one thing I hope they’re doing, and believe they are doing: Talking to USAB about an exhibition game against the Americans before the USA heads over to Spain.
Don’t really care if they play it here or there – the ACC would be a nice, familiar venue for both teams – but trying to jump on that bandwagon would be a good idea.
Got a wee note from USAB yesterday about its preliminary schedule for next summer and there sure would seem to be an open date or two for a game against Canada.
Mail? Need some. Thanks.
Long flight this morning, free afternoon and since I’m truly hoping for a loafing jammie morning in Edmonton tomorrow, help me out, okay?
Thanks, it’s firstname.lastname@example.org
Because I have somewhat eclectic tastes and smart friends, I got a new radio station to share time with Q107 (hello, 102.1!) and this is not bad at all. Right?
I heard or read something yesterday that the average person looks at his or her phone an average of 150 times a day.
So I’m figuring there have to be a dozen or so people out there who never check once a day because I don’t think I go three seconds without glancing to see who’s there or who wants to say hello or ask a question or whether an e-mail has landed.
And considering I’m a bit of a Luddite when it comes to modern technology – I’m still not entirely sure how to get my iTunes stuff on my phone so I can listen to it when I’m grocery shopping or doing something mundane like that – that’s about as far as it goes, as all-consuming or obsessive that it is.
Speaking of Canada, if you’re feeling somewhat patriotic about the women’s program, my folks over there want you to look at this.
So look, would you?
And, no, as of 6 a.m. when I’m typing this, Sportsnet has yet to do the right thing and find space one of its networks to do tonight’s game live.
So, Edmonton? If I get done Argo Boy duties on time, where do I go to see it?
So where are we on Bud Selig, who joins David Stern as departing commissioners of major North American pro sports after word broke yesterday that he’ll leave in 2015?
I know there are all kinds of people who have no time for him and there does seem something smarmy about him but, to this casual fan at least, I think he’s done a fine job, overall.
Yes, there was the steroid era and the owners and bosses were complicit in the whole sordid mess but it’s getting cleaned up, the game has never been healthier from a business angle and I think you can say the economic disparity that was so troublesome for so long is not that big an issue today because everyone is making money.
You look at some of this year’s playoff participants, or possible playoff participants – Pittsburgh (Go, Pirates!!!!!), Cincinnati and Cleveland chief among them – and think that Kansas City was in it until late September and that’s not a group of “big market, big spending” teams.
Sure, there are still issues to be dealt with – the PED thing won’t ever go away, I don’t think – and there remain have-nots but, all in all, I’d say the game is far more healthy today than when Selig took over.
And that’s about all you want in the top guy, right? To make things better and move things along.
He’s done that.
Now, I wonder how many of my pucks buddies think, “Hey, Stern’s leaving and Selig’s leaving, when’s our guy gonna go?”
Story earlier this week suggested there are people over in England who are dead serious about getting an NFL team for Wembley and a Super Bowl in London and, you know what?
It makes entire sense.
With the way the NFL schedule is – one game a week on pretty specific days – a road trip to London wouldn’t be too arduous (the flight time is probably as short as, say, New York to San Francisco or Miami to Seattle), there is a stadium ready to use and there seems to be fan support.
So why not? It’d be better than basketball or hockey because you’d want more than one franchise in Europe and I don’t think there’s the support or the facilities to handle it.
But football? Works for me. Sure, some players might be miffed at having to live half a year in London but they’re well compensated for it and, frankly, London’s one of the world’s great cities and it’s not like pro athletes are spend every off season in the city where they work. That’s a bogus argument, actually.
And a Super Bowl? For sure. Why not? It’s just a big party and it doesn’t matter, really, where it is and I think it’d be cool for the NFL to blaze that trail so that the NBA could one day have its all-star weekend somewhere in Europe because I’d like that and, yes, it’s all about me.