Toronto Sports Media Brought To You By The Letter G


G, as in grass. Like Grass at the Skydome.

“If we decide to put natural grass in the Rogers Centre, our plan would be to give the (Toronto) Argonauts ample warning and time to find another location,” Pelley told PTS. “There is no question you’ve seen the commitment we’ve made to the Toronto Blue Jays and I think every player would want natural grass in the (Rogers Centre). Long term, we’ll have to find a way to put grass in there.”

That from Keith Pelly on PTS with McCown tonight.

How awesome would grass be in the dome?

The dome will always be the dome, but wow would that be a major improvement.

G as in Gay, Rudy Gay.

Yahoo! Sports tells us that the Raptors are on the verge of landing him in a three way, deal, if only they can find the 3rd team:

“The final hurdle for the salary dump of Memphis Grizzlies forward Rudy Gay to the Toronto Raptors hinges on finding a third team to absorb the expiring contract of Raptors guard Jose Calderon, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. The Grizzlies have inquired with multiple teams over the past several days, searching for a willing partner to facilitate a three-team deal, sources said.”

Toronto media outlets have stories on Gay, none that I have seen have things as close as Yahoo! does. Worth keeping an eye on.

G as in Got some splaining to do.

More Peds in baseball????

Arod? Busted? Guilty until proven innocent!!!!

I just love the denials don’t you??? Me thinks he does protest too much!

The best part of the story out of SoFla? The image used.

Sad but true.

Lastly, G as in Goal, Leafs win and Kessel fails to score one.

Happy HumpDay!


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January 30, 2013 1:44 am

It’s been pretty nice to have Rogers treat the Jays like an actual, big market, professional team all of the sudden. Big payroll, real grass in the dome. Love it!

January 30, 2013 2:39 am

Natural grass in the dome…what a great move,bring it on..

mike (in boston)
mike (in boston)
January 30, 2013 8:30 am

it would be an amazing change, but i wonder what pressure there is to make this change. Having real grass benefits the players, and to a lesser extent the fans, but penalizes all other functions at the Dome. The Jays are only there 81 days (+ a few more in October hopefully). That leaves more than 200 other days when monster trucks and ribfest are in there. I can’t imagine that the grass can be kept in for those events.

I would love to see it but the hurdles to getting it done seem huge.

mike (in boston)
mike (in boston)
January 30, 2013 8:36 am

p.s. who was the idiot the Star hired to redo their website? Different sized and misaligned boxes all over the place … large and small fonts right next to each other … columns randomly stuck in the middle of the page … yikes!

My favourite part of the new design is the MySpace Angle shots of their columnists. You’re not fooling anyone.

Mike V
Mike V
January 30, 2013 12:24 pm

I think the plan would be for the grass to be removable in the off-season so the dome can still be a multi-purpose venue from November to March, which is when the other events happen save for a handful of concerts.
Actually I think Rogers could still pull off the concerts too since other ballparks do it when the team is on a road trip. It’s just the conversion from baseball to football that would be impossible.

January 30, 2013 12:25 pm

>The dome will always be the dome.

Exactly. Like putting lipstick on a big. You can put in grass, but it’s still going to be the second-worse stadium in the MLB. Rogers has the money, if they were 100% serious about the Jays being contenders for the foreseeable future, they would build a proper/real baseball stadium.

Nan Young Lee
Nan Young Lee
January 30, 2013 12:26 pm

Roger Lajoie already thinks the Rogers Centre is the greatest thing in the world, he may have a heart attack when they put grass in. Actually, it is a terrible place to watch baseball – grass or no grass – just like the old Riverfront and Three River stadiums that no one builds any more.

It will be interesting to see if the Raptors make a deal before the trade deadline. One thing is certain, if they do, you can count on Doug Smith, Paul Jones and Eric Smith to congratulate Colangelo, just like they’ve done with every other player transaction every Raptor GM has ever made. Great to have a sceptical, independent basketball press in TO.

Mike V
Mike V
January 30, 2013 12:35 pm

Dan that’s a pipe dream. Like it or not, the current ballpark is here to stay. No ownership group would build a new one right now.

January 30, 2013 1:36 pm

@Mike yeah, the plan would be to take the grass out after the Jays season. So Nov to March is open for other events.

Re Dome comments – Skydome is never going to be a beautiful, quaint ballpark. But when the dome is open, or it’s closed with a good crowd it’s fine.

January 30, 2013 1:42 pm

Rogers will put in a new ballpark just as soon as the taxpayers of Toronto will pay for it!

mike (in boston)
mike (in boston)
January 30, 2013 2:01 pm

thanks for the clarifications about the plan. That makes it much more plausible.

I’m in Daniel‘s camp — when the roof is open on a sunny day and there are more than 25,000 people in attendance, the Dome is just fine, maybe even very good.

That said, it is way too big. I went to a game at the new park in Pittsburgh and it is amazing. Cozy, cheap tickets, great view of the city, awesome sight lines … a model for how baseball parks should be. We are probably 20 years away from getting one of those in Toronto though.

itchy butt
itchy butt
January 30, 2013 2:38 pm

I’m spoiled after gotin to Great American in Cincy. Gorgeous place to watch a game.

itchy butt
itchy butt
January 30, 2013 2:39 pm

Ok, so yeah the lack of editing now sucks :p

Dawn Keibals
Dawn Keibals
January 30, 2013 3:12 pm

@MIKE (in boston) The star could give a crap about their sports website!!
They have had the same web-poll question up for 5 weeks now.

mike (in boston)
mike (in boston)
January 30, 2013 9:18 pm

watching a stream of the Raptors-Hawks game … it’s like a tomb in Atlanta. How does that city still have an NBA team?

Raps Devotee/Brian — looking forward to your analysis of the trade. I’m sure all the papers will be giving Colangelo handies tomorrow, but that’s been the case with pretty much every move he’s made so far.

mike (in boston)
mike (in boston)
January 30, 2013 9:20 pm

why is there no edit button anymore?

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