A quiet confidence but also a sense of trepidation
Well, here we go.
I’m not sure this will become a theme that lasts more than a few days but for Dwane to bring up on his own the “disrespect” card Sunday was kind of interesting.
Teams tend to take motivation where they can get it but it’s rare that anyone mentions it unsolicited but I guess I can see what they’re doing.
This is a team with little history of success, it’s an insular group that believes in itself when so few others do and if they can use that, well, good for them.
But whatever they say publicly, the sense I’ve been getting throughout camp and the interminable pre-season is that there is a quiet confidence among the players, nothing they want to talk about openly but you can just feel that they think they’re better than a lot of people are predicting.
I don’t think a lot of them are going to make bold pronouncements and nor should they. Given where they’ve been and where they are, I truly think actions and play are the only things that are going to make people sit up and notice them.
And I think they know it. That quiet confidence is just that, quiet. It’s a sense rather than any bold statements, it’s confidence but not public. And I think it’s the right way to handle the coming season.
I don’t know how good they’ll be, or how bad they’ll be. I don’t think anyone does because the sword hanging over them is that Masai isn’t sure what he’s going to do until he sees what he has and how it all works in the first 15 or 20 or so games of the season. And the players know that, they know a slow start may end up in radical change; they don’t want that change, they want to make this work and they think they can.
Now, this unbridled confidence is not unusual or unprecedented or unique to Toronto. I imagine a vast majority of teams around the league are brimming right now, they see endless possibilities where others might not.
This could be a very interesting season in many regards and I know the players can’t wait to get it started.
You had to know, given the news and Super Son’s abilities, that this was coming, right?
RIP. We lost a giant.
I’m trying to think of a more wacky World Series in the past few years than the one we’re watching now and I can’t really come up with one.
I guess the year the Tigers fielded bunts like the ball was on fire or radioactive might be close but, really, that was nothing like this.
Reversed calls, obstruction calls to end games, throws to third base that end up in the stands while third basemen look like they’re jumping on trampolines trying to catch the ball or something, pickoffs that end games? Crazy fun. We’re watching something memorable, I think; not particularly crisp or well played, but interesting and fun nonetheless.
And here’s the thing: Those two umpire calls – the reversal of the force out call at second base in Game 1, the obstruction call that ended Game 3 so dramatically – were the right calls and I guess that’s all that really matters, doesn’t it?
They weren’t delayed or drawn out by video replay – which is a good thing – and they were right.
All kinds of NBA preview stuff sometime today for tomorrow’s paper, all kinds of Raptors preview stuff sometime tomorrow for Wednesday’s paper, we’ll move the weekly chat to Wednesday at noon from the usual Thursday to kick the season off and, yes, IBGT on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from Milwaukee, where hopefully they have the court issue worked out.
I’m kind of glancing at the tweeter as the football day is unfolding and I have to tell you, no one does angst and anger like Dallas Cowboy fans.
It’s hilarious to see the reaction to disappointment and dramatic defeat; lots of fun to sit back and watch.
I’m pretty sure there are going to be some cranky Raptors at the start of some road trips this year and if Tim and The Henchmen are serious about enhancing the team’s reputation around the league they better get this fixed.
For some business reason made at the top, the HOTH now charter with Delta after years with Air Canada (I was told Air Canada wants to get out of the charter business) and it’s got the potential to be a pain in butt.
Delta flies out of the antiquated Terminal 3 at Pearson and the US departure area is so old and small and terrible it’s a bit of an embarrassment.
The team has to take a bus from the charter terminal at the north end of the airport to Terminal 3 where they have to clear customs, do security and board. Terminal 3 is so small, so inadequate that it’s a huge pain, one that really is unnecessary.
With Air Canada, they had the same bus process but the security and customs area at Terminal 1 is significantly better and they had dedicated Customs and security lines that made it a little bit better; at Terminal 3, if they’re even a few minutes late, they stand with the people in a tiny area and, trust me after talking to some people, they are not all that pleased about it.
What’s Tim to do? Well, he and Larry and the other politically connected bigwigs need to talk to people in Ottawa and Washington and write a big cheque so that US Customs agents go to the North Lounge, clear the players there so they can do security there and just walk onto the plane.
It’s not a huge thing but if they think a state of the art training facility somewhere away from the ACC is necessary, I’d suggest making road trips more palatable should be the first priority.