Thursday Roundup

Had to laugh at an email that I got from a member of the Toronto MSM today. Basically it asked why those who like to comment on this site do so with such poor grammar and spelling. Easy I said, they follow the example by the author!

I really, really, liked Damien Cox’s blog today on Ron Wilson. Damien calls out Wilson for still not getting the Toronto Sport Media and how they play a role in his ability to do his job effectively.

Damien’s suggestion is that Wilson doesn’t get it.

I don’t think that Wilson doesn’t get it, I don’t think he cares.

I have no clue whether or not Wilson is a good coach or not. There aren’t that many NHL coaching jobs available. Wilson has managed to keep one for a long time. That alone doesn’t say he’s a good coach. It does however say something. I don’t believe for a second that a guy like Wilson hangs around for as long as he has without credentials.

I do know that Wilson has suffered with some pretty lousy lineups and I am not sure that any of the greatest coaches of all time would have done any better.

Having said all of that, Wilson’s smugness drives me batty. Hearing him give an interview is like scratching fingernails down the chalkboard. There are two reasons I can’t stand it. First, the constant nickname use. I know I’ve said it a million times, but it just sound so damn unprofessional. Second, and perhaps more importantly, it’s the tone and tenor of what he says. He sounds annoyed to all hell that he’s giving the interview (and I think that’s a large part of what Damien means in his column by not getting it). He sounds like he’s a million times smarter then both the interviewer and the audience. Honestly, the most unlistenable is Bettman. Wilson in my book is a close second.

Christine Brennan has a good article on the state of things in the NBA these days.

“A completely unscientific, fun, knee-jerk reaction poll at asked readers this simple question: “When will you begin to miss the NBA?”

The vast majority of the 6,700 respondents, more than 70%, chose this answer: “Never.””

I don’t lay much value in the online poll, but my sense from being in the USA all week, people there really don’t care right now. It’s not top of line on any network or sports radio talk for sure.

However, Brennan get’s it right. We, the fans are suckers:

“”Yet fans always come back,” he continued. “It might take two weeks, it might take two months, depending on how the sides play it from here to the end of the lockout. If there’s a lot of ugliness and a lot of invective between the two sides and it takes longer to resolve, I think it will take the fans longer to come back. But they will come back.””


The truth is the league will stay out until the players start to feel pain. Did anyone catch Michael Grange’s awesome piece on the lockout that basically said, the owners always win, it’s just a matter of by how much?

“Larry Coon is a widely respected NBA salary cap expert and a few days ago he laid out in plain English why the NBA players will almost assuredly lose in this round of collective bargaining. The only question being by how much.”

For those who are NBA fans, or just simply sports business junkies it’s good reading.

I caught a bit of PTS this evening. I heard McCown say that he didn’t like either Slapshot or Caddyshack. I heard Brunt say that he only likes the Caddyshack scenes with Bill Murray and that “the rest is unwatchable”.

Interesting that the movies in question are old. 1970’s old. So it’s not to say that it’s a younger audience thing. Granted I’m guessing that both McCown and Brunt have 15-20 on me. I don’t know about you, but Slapshot is really great movie about the sport of minor league hockey in small town America in the year 2011. I mean in 1970 something. It is a movie that I quote with friends on a regular basis. With the exception of my parents, I am not sure i know anyone who didn’t love Slapshot for what it was.

Caddyshack makes my top 50 movies of all time. I like the Murray scenes. Not one round of golf goes by without a “if you kill all the golfers who’s gonna play golf?” For me, the movie is about Ted Knight and Rodney Dangerfield. Yes, the girl in it is “hot”. Yes, Chevy chase is great in it. The scenes with Rodney are some of my favorites from any movie ever.

Is it an age gap with these two, or are they simply missing it? Yes, they loved Bull Durham. It’s a great movie too. It’s no Caddyshack though!

Lastly, to those who keep posting comments about not receiving your sportsnet magazine subscription yet. Have you called Rogers yet? More importantly, why did you subscribe before ever reading a copy?


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