Missing the Point
Its amazing sometimes how people want to defend something that isn't under attack.
I found this out last summer when I suggested that MLSE, as part of its proud tradition, had created a loser of a soccer team that people nonetheless want to support with all their hearts and souls and money.
Boy, did the cards and letters come in on that one.
Yesterday, I apparently had the temerity to question whether Bryan Colangelo really was the model executive the Maple Leafs should be looking for in their new hockey boss.
This, somehow, was interpreted as an all-out attack on Colangelo, his family and his family dog by some.
Now, it's great, I suppose, that Colangelo has so many uncritical admirers, particularly when his team appears to be falling apart.
But I really wasn't attacking him at all, and I certainly wasn't suggesting that he should be fired, or that he'd done a terrible job with the Raptors or that Rob Babcock should be brought back immediately. For the most part, Colangelo has been the best GM the Raps have ever had.
I was simply pointing out three facts; he's never won an NBA championship, the Raptors lost a first-round matchup last spring they probably could have won and the team appears worse this season.
Those three facts are indisputable.
For the Leafs, then, it was simply a suggestion that the Leafs might like to hire someone with a track record of championships and/or outstanding recent success. I suggested Gregg Popovich - yes, knowing full-well he's the coach, not the GM, of the Spurs - as an NBA figure with far more success on his resume than Colangelo.
That doesn't make Colangelo a stiff, and sure, he might end up a modern-day Red Auerbach, with multiple championships to his credit.
But he hasn't done it yet. Period. So all of you who simply want to parrot each other with the "stick to hockey" insults, try reading the blog and arguing the point.
I'd hate to throw you in with the soccer nuts.