One of the country's greats get a well-deserved honour
Friday? Littler things? Sure, why not? It’s the end of the week and who wants to think, right?
This one got by me for a couple of days – I had been told about it around the arena one night and it just slipped to the back of a very cluttered mind – but it’s pretty big.
I would suggest that Tammy Sutton-Brown would be among the top dozen women’s basketball players the country has ever produced and it seems others are of the same mind.
She’s going to be inducted early next month into the Rutgers University athletic Hall of Fame, a rather significant accomplishment, I’d say.
If you look at that list of accomplishments – Final Fours, WNBA all-star games, WNBA championships, seasons in some of the best leagues in Europe like Russia and Turkey – you’d have to put her in the pantheon all-time Canadian greats, no? Gotta be Top 10, I’d guess. I think I’ve been writing about and following her for more than a decade but it still seems to be one of the big under-the-radar Canadian basketball stories of this era.
But there’s more and that’s where it gets interesting.
Even while she was finishing up her playing career in Indiana with the Fever, the next step was being, there’s a cool children’s book – Scooter and Cree are the main characters and it sends a pretty good message out to young kids – and if you’re looking for Canadian female role models, I’d suggest she be a good one right now.
I’m not sure there are enough of them around, I think it’s very much a work in progress to try to give young girls someone they can connect with and look up to – I understand that it’s a process that might take some time as we evolve – but they are definitely out there.
Heard this the other day and remembered it as good.
I was right.
Seriously, nothing says glorious pucks triumph than a Hannah Montana tune in the dressing room.
Really, though, there’s one point in there that’s true and it’s interesting and it’s when Bozak says that people don’t know who’s on board with what in the sanctity of the dressing room.
One thing I’ve found out over the years is that the inner sanctum of a team is just that, an inner sanctum and a lot of what goes on in there, the inter-personal relationships, the conflicts that inevitably come up when you’ve got a handful of strong-willed men living in close proximity for so long over a season doesn’t get out until much, much later.
Nothing wrong with that but I’ve found athletes inherently know what has to stay in-house.
Is this how they say it on the tweeter?
ICYMI, the Q and A from yesterday at noon is here, a rerun of all the fun, and here’s the Nothing But Net stuff that appeared on-line; a kind of abbreviated version got into the paper because of space considerations that don’t exist over here.
Speaking of unlimited space, that’s what there is for the weekend mail and there’s a relative dearth of questions left over for the mailbag and you’d better get your little butts in gear, please. E-mail askdoug@thestar. You know who you are.
Quiet day yesterday – I did some reporting for a feature that’ll come sometime in the next few days – and it would seem Julyan Stone was the story of the day. He’s probably got the edge now on the No. 15 roster spot but that could very well change in the next two weeks as they figure out who they might need on the inactive list for the majority of the season.
One interesting thing, though, was continued discussion about the state of Landry Fields’ jump shot and where it is at the moment.
It’s better, it’s not all the way back for sure but the regeneration of nerves doesn’t happen quickly and, besides, how badly do they really need it to be perfect?
Of course, it’s better to be good than not good but he’s made some shots in his last three outings and all the other things he does on the court are probably more important.
He defends multiple positions, showed he could facilitate the offence in the second half of the game the other night against Boston and he’s one of those guys who just intuitively makes plays.
And the last thing they want is for him to be thinking too much about it, it’s such a reactive game in so many ways that putting pressure on by having it on the mind is counter-productive was a point that Dwane made in his scrum:
“I don’t want him to press into thinking that’s the reason we need him out there. If it happens, it happens … (But) knocking down shots would be a big plus for the entire team.”
I say just let Fields be, take the shots that he gets, let him feel more comfortable but get all the other things he consistently brings and things the team needs.
Okay, I didn’t get the Rays-Bucs World Series I wanted and the Tigers-Dodgers fallback seems a bit unlikely at the moment so I guess I’ll be like a lot of you next week: Paying attention and wondering what the angst level will be like around Toronto if John Farrell wins a championship in his first year on his dream job.
So apparently there’s this Raptors season ticket holder buntoss down at the arena tonight that might be fun and interesting. Not sure there will be “news” out of it but it might be a way for Masai and Tim to elaborate on what their plans are for the franchise, this year and well off into the future.
I believe the ink-stained wretches are invited and it might be something to monitor but if we don’t get there (and it’s a day off with no plans so I have no idea now what the day will hold), I’d appreciate feedback, okay?