Back In The Saddle

Happy to be back in Toronto after a quick trip to NYC.

Nice to hear national media ripping Bryant Gumbel for his stupid, stupid, stupid comments on HBO the other night. In case you missed it here is what he said in reference to NBA Commissioner David Stern:

““Stern’s version of what has been going on behind closed doors has of course been disputed, but his efforts were typical of a commissioner who has always seemed eager to be viewed as some kind of modern plantation overseer, treating NBA men as if they were his boys. It’s part of Stern’s M.O., like his past self-serving edicts on dress code and the questioning of officials. His moves were intended to do little more than show how he’s the one keeping the hired hands in their place.””

McCown had Michael Hiestand of USA Today on PTS tonight and he made a great point. Gumbel threw out the comment and didn’t back it up. He didn’t give an example.

Clearly Gumbel is hurting for attention.

What is it with the Globe and Mail and Abe Simpson? We’ve all moved on the idiotic comments from that sham of a segment called coaches corner. Yet, there is the Globe still sucking up to the old man.

“Anyone who portrays Cherry as a clown or believes his weekly lectures had no impact on impressionable young players is deluded. His philosophy, repeated by an amused/shocked press corps, reaches down to the lowest minor-league levels, and it saturates the mindset of the young men who play in the NHL– and now overwhelmingly approve of fighting. Cherry’s fingerprints are all over Canadian hockey, and his impact is undeniable. Usual Suspects? Not so much. ”

I don’t know about you all, but whenever I hear people talking about Abe, it’s in sad terms, as in it’s sad what he has become. Cherry is a side show. Nothing more. His views on the hockey are about as valid as Henry Ford’s would be on the modern automobile.

Did you catch the Leafs post game on TSN tonight?

The Leafs sucked for most of the game save for Steckel, Lupul and Kessel and eeked out a SO win. Interesting the positive spin TSN had on the buds. Compare with the complete assassination Sportsnet did on the buds a couple of nights ago that had any leaf fan looking for gasoline and a lighter.

The Buds are off to Boston. Cue the endless banter on the Kessel trade.

I follow quite a few US based NBA writers on twitter. It’s kind of funny seeing them tweet about their respective market’s NHL team. Ira Winderman talking Florida Panthers hockey takes the cake.

I heard Dan Dunleavy doing the Leafs pregame tonight. It was good radio. It’s a nice change hearing a fresh voice on leafs radio broadcasts.

I am told that Tim and Sid have been hanging out at the rogers campus. Look for their show to begin late November/ early December.

TSM

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