Events need to be live and it's almost camp fodder time
The basic Friday collection of half thoughts and notes but at least it’s a bit early because I’m really anxious to get to the airport for some reason.
Here’s one for you?
Can you watch games on TV on a delayed basis?
Was goofing around reading the tweeter yesterday – it’s a pretty solid waste of time – and was following my pal Mark Woods (@markbritball and he’s a mate so you should follow him, too) and he was at what turned out to be a pretty epic Greece-Spain game at EuroBasket.
And I’m thinking, I’d like to catch the last quarter or half or whatever I can but I can’t see it live and then I wonder if it’s going to be on NBA TV or somewhere later in the day or night to give me a chance to see it.
And you know what?
I didn’t care.
Since I ended up knowing who won – Greece by four and it’s a huge moment in that tournament for my friends from Spain – I have no real interest in seeing whether it’d be on later.
And it has everything to do, I think, with the fact I knew the result and sitting through a game with the winner already in my head takes away a lot of the enjoyment of watching sports.
Doesn’t it for you?
Isn’t the competition and perhaps the drama and the anticipation why we invest time in games? I don’t want to watch something where I know who won and how and it’s too easy in this 24-hour news cycle day to find that out. If even by accident, you know who won, and how, and basically why. I can’t get excited or that interested in taking a couple of hours out of my day now to see something that’s already over.
And I guess that’s where we are “fans” these days, every result is known immediately – I would suspect trying not to find something out is terrifically hard to do in this day and age – and it’s taken away any desire to see something that isn’t live.
Am I right?
I think Regina, I think Saskatchewan, I think this.
Yes, I think odd things sometimes.
So Mexico is definitely in basketball’s World Cup next year may not be in soccer’s World Cup?
Yes, the globe may be tilting on a different axis.
It’s getting to be about that time when we find out who the HOTH might invite to training camp as little more than fodder.
Except this year there’s a bit of a difference.
Masai, as long as a couple of months ago, raised the possibility of some legitimate competition for a job and since he’s divested himself of Quentin Richardson, there is a roster spot open if that’s the way he wants to go.
Tried to reach him yesterday to figure that out but the text went unreturned so I don’t know for sure what his intentions are at the moment, or how many players he’d like to have around in a couple of weeks when things get going.
The one thing he mentioned a while ago was thinking maybe he’d want to pad the wing position with a young player but I wouldn’t have any problem if he left the team at 14 and some flexibility to make multi-player deals if he feels so compelled once he sees how the team starts to operate in the first 15 or 20 games of the year.
Although, anyone making the team out of camp is unlikely to have a fully guaranteed contract, opening up the possibility of an early-season waiver move to do a one-for-two or even a two-for-three transaction.
I guess in the big picture it really doesn’t matter but I think my preference would be to invite two or three guys into camp to see what they’ve got but to make sure they all have interesting back stories because there are an awful lot of off-days to fill during a month of camp.
Mail? I have very little, as it turns out and need some more if we’re going to get through two weekend days. Go to firstname.lastname@example.org and do your bit, please.
It strikes me as odd that we’re this close to the start of the regular season and we still don’t know about the mismash that will be the Raptors broadcast schedule, either TV or radio.
I bet there are friends out there who want to know so they can keep tabs and watch and say hello in the IGBT, right?
Anyway, it’s probably the last bit of off-court business to take care of and since everyone’s dying for even snippets of news, hope it comes soon.
But I warn you, it will be an odd one; look for the radio broadcasts to be split between Sportsnet and TSN and don’t forget that Sportsnet 360 (nee, The Score) is probably going to be in the TV mix and I wonder if that’s what the apparent delay is?
Does anyone really care any more about Friday the 13ths?
Seems any chatter about that has gone the way of the wind, maybe no one really cares anymore, there’s a lot of other stuff on our minds, maybe we’re not afraid or superstitious these days.
I will admit, outside of a couple of baseball things – never step on the line, never pack the stuff in the top of the last inning – there really hasn’t been anything along those lines that’s bothered me ever.
Now, if I walk outside and have to go under a ladder and then a black cat walks in front of me, forcing me to step on a sidewalk crack, we might have some issues.