Bits and Bites

Hey all. Sorry for the delay in posting today. Here are some random thoughts:

I’m watching as many playoffs games as possible (when in Canada at least) and yet I have to admit that the lack of Maple Leafs has lowered my interest level dramatically. Could the days leading up to the draft go any slower?

There is nothing easier in sports and in life then winning. I mean how hard is it to deal with success? So it was with great interest that I read Michael Grange’s excellent article about Bryan Colangelo and the off-season he is having right now. The best judge of character is how one deals with adversity and Colangelo has lots of that right now.

“But for the first time since Colangelo swept into Toronto as the most celebrated Raptors signing since pre-fall Vince Carter, there’s a sense the tall collars of his hand-sewn shirts might be feeling a little snug.

Interviews with people inside Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Ltd., the parent company that owns the NBA franchise, indicate Colangelo has spent a significant proportion of his time and energy deflecting anxious queries from an increasing concerned ownership about the Raptors performance after his hand-picked club crashed to an 11-19 finish after the all-star break and missed the playoffs. ”

I think this is a good thing. He should be taking some shots and he should be accountable. I don’t my GM not having a problem with losing or not succeeding. I do find it humorous that the powers that be at MLSE are questioning Colangelo though. I mean if the question is something other than , “why do you think we failed” I would have little time in the process. No one in the boardroom has the basketball knowledge to ask or answer intelligent basketball questions.

“He came in with great DNA and great credibility and this is a tough time for Bryan,” Richard Peddie, the chief executive officer of MLSE, said. “He’s feeling it.”

I’ve said this before, but Peddie would be much better served by not talking. When he does the wrong thing always comes out. He justs sounds all wrong when he speaks.

Stephen Brunt has an interesting take on the Coyotes fiasco. Besides restating all the facts as we know them to date Brunt throws this gem in for you to ponder:

“Meanwhile, there are at least two groups of financial heavy-hitters jockeying for position to win what is perceived as the biggest prize – a second NHL team in Toronto – both of which have made their intentions known to the league, and have not been discouraged in their quest. ”

Brunt doesn’t say who these two groups are, but rest assured they have lots of cash ready to go. Let the speculation begin.

David Shoalts chimes in with his Coyotes recap here

Darren Dreger’s blog on all the latest Coyotes rumours is here too

The highlight of the night on HNIC was Glen Healy stating that the city of Glendale guaranteeing the Coyotes loses is “unconstitutional”! I loved Milbury’s response, about Healy now being an expert on Constitutional law in Arizona.

On the whole issue of attendance, while I was in Atlanta, their basketball team was in the playoffs. I heard no fewer than 10 times that “good seats were still available for the next home game”. If you aren’t selling out a playoff game I guess it’s time to move! (tongue firmly planted in cheek)

I drove home late last night from the Airport and got to listen to Mike WIlner hosting Jays talk. Now, let me say that there is no harder job than having to talk to fans on the radio after games. The meat-heads are always out in full force. Having said that, I am not sure I have heard a guy who is more condescending to the callers than Wilnder is. Clearly fans don’t mind as he took call after call, but man is he rough around the corners.

Happy Mother’s day and Sunday

Michael Grange’s article on Bryan Colangelo is here

Stephen Brunt’s article on Phoenix and another team in Toronto is here

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