Weekend Roundup


Some random thoughts following an incredibly lazy weekend:

If you haven’t seen the new Bond flick, Skyfall, you are missing out on good entertainment. I love how the entire franchise gets reset in the movie. It’s not all about awesome gadgets, there’s actually some decent dialogue and the action is pretty damn good too.

Can anyone else hear Mike Toth yelling at people on the radio for celebrating the Argo’s birth in the Grey Cup? “I can’t believe fans are going out, or even excited. Where the hell where they all year?”

Good on the Argo’s. I have no clue where they were in the pre-season polls, but they have managed to make it to the big game in it’s biggest year and when it’s at home even. I’ll admit it. I can’t name more than 1-2 players on the team. Good on them.

I tried to watch today’s game. Honest I did. NBC’s sports network was actually covering the game. Unfortunately, they aired it at 8:30pm PST SEVERAL hours after the game was played. Shame on me for turning on Twitter today and seeing half my followers tweeting about the game.

Interesting thing about these Blue Jays. Or at least those who cover major league baseball. I’d say those who cover them in Toronto but, I digress. Couple of questions for you.

First, why do you think some of the best writers in baseball have either so much information on the Jays and/or devote so much attention to the only team in Canada? Honestly, follow the regular postings of the top writers on the Fox, SI and other outlets in the USA and there is an astounding amount of coverage on the only team that plays it’s home games in Canada. My question is, why is that.

Secondly, I find it incredible how quickly the same reporters who heap praise on the Blue Jays turn around and dump on them. Have you see all those “not so fast” articles of late? With the exception of a few callers to Wilner’s shows, how many real fans are saying the Blue Jays have won anything? Why the instant rain on our “parade”?

None of what AA has done guarantees any more wins. Here is what it does guarantee. The good will that the franchise earned earlier this past season that was dead at the end of the year is back. The fans clearly were in the “show me” phase. Rogers and the Blue Jays have put up. They have shown that they may actually care. Friends of mine who said they haven’t gone to the Skydome in over 10 years are now actually looking at 40 game flex plans. No, no guarantees that the team will win a single game more than they did this past season. They have bought back some good will and at the same time some excitement. Shame on us for getting excited.

“The answer is to drop the floor, either to a percentage of the ceiling, or to $10 million to $12 million below the midpoint as compared to the previous $8 million. The object shouldn’t be to limit how much a team might spend, but to limit how much a team must spend.”

He is the most anti-league, pro union writers in the game, but Larry Brooks has nailed the single biggest issue in the NHL economics of today. The problem wasn’t the cap going up. It was the floor going up, way up over where the original cap was. How the hell do the troubled markets compete when they have to spend more year after than there revenues increase? The cap was supposed to control the gap between the haves and the have nots. The floor was supposed to keep teams honest from not spending. That one mechanism is flawed. Unless the league fixes it the problem will continue on and on.

Things appear to be looking up in Edmonton this non-hockey season. You can’t make this stuff up can you?

First it was Allan Trammel. Now it’s Mike Hargrove. Who’s next on Bob Elliott’s Blue Jays Manager list?

While out and about today I stumbled upon a demo version of the new Blackberry 10. It looks IDENTICAL to the newest Apple Iphone 5. I mean total rip off. The version I played with was the one without a keyboard. It was the most anti-blackberry I have ever played with. Forget the bugginess of the device, it’s only a demo I got to experience, it was so boring. Honestly, there was nothing about it that me think for a second anyone would want one over the current offerings from any of the Android manufacturers, Windows 8 manufacturers or the Iphone. Blah and boring. That’s how I would describe it.

I came home the other night to find Mrs. TSM checking out the Katie Couric show. Who was on? Dr. Phil and the Ashley Madison guy. It’s must see tv. Hilarious stuff folks.

Happy Monday


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