Think I might have mentioned this in the IGBT at some point but for a mid-November game, you aren’t going to get many better than that and even if it had turned out differently, it was a helluva night of sports entertainment.
How good was that?
The standing ovation came out of nowhere, anyone who had an issue with the decision to even do it were graceful enough to keep to themselves and not spoil it for those who wanted to celebrate the moment.
Extremely well done all around and while the people were standing and cheering, this dropped into my inbox.
“Proud of our fans. Did not expect that!!!!”
Frankly, neither did I. Well done.
I also thought it interesting that a handful of the Raptors stood and applauded as well.
Yeah, it was a pretty touchy feely night all around.
Speaking of …
If that wasn’t a Terrence Ross night to perfectly sum up the young fella and where he is now, can’t imagine one that’ll be better.
Big quarter, out of nowhere. Sure, it can be infuriating to coaches to see him do nothing and then explode but that’s why they keep trotting him out, those explosive periods are huge.
So, Dwane, why?
“Like most players, when you see the ball go in the hoop that opened him up, got him going … But a winning player will find other ways to contribute and that’s what T did. Kind of had his dauber down a little bit but got himself going by watching the ball go through the hole, you see another one go through hole and all at once his defence picks up, his rebounding picks up.
Yes, Dwane did use the phrase “dauber down” and I knew what it meant.
Proving his point
Hello, Old Man Strength.
And if Chuck Hayes doesn’t do a thing the rest of the season – and I doubt that’ll be the case – he won ‘em a game and that’s a good enough contribution for a lot of people, isn’t it?
And it’s why you want true professionals down at the end of the bench, guys who won’t sulk or cause a disruption when they don’t play and guys who will be ready when they’re called upon.
Was nice to see, wasn’t it?
A bit, of course.
Lost a Motown giant.
And since I’ve got a thing at a place and I can’t be here at noon to do the usual Q and A I’m sure your inquisitive little minds must be working overtime.
Is there a worse feeling than waking up after a couple of hours sleep with work to do and realizing that only did you forget to go to the grocery store you forgot to ask Super Wife to go and there isn’t a drop of coffee in the house?
Yeah, I’m not sure how I’m going to get his done, either.
Okay, a travel story.
Of course, the apocalyptic snow on the south edge of Buffalo meant that journey wasn’t going to happen and I wasn’t sure I’d have time to make the much-longer trek around the other end of the lake through Detroit.
What do you think a direct Air Canada flight, the only airline that goes direct between Toronto and Cleveland would want for a flght, leaving this afternoon or even Friday afternoon and coming back Sunday morning.
Are you sitting down?
They want $ 2,488.
Yes, TWO THOUSAND FOUR HUNDRED AND EIGHTY EIGHT DOLLARS!!!!!
Can you imagine that? Stunning.
Toronto-Montreal, Montreal-Newark, Newark-Cleveland
Toronto-LaGuardia, LaGuardia-Charlotte, Charlotte-Cleveland
And these options to come back
Cleveland-Detroit, Detroit-Montreal, Montreal-Toronto
Cleveland-Philadelphia, Philadelphia-Newark, Newark-Toronto.
Lewis and Clark had it easier.
Yeah, NBA TV makes a bit of sense ( here’s how that went last night if you’ll pardon the shameless self-promotion) but I’m going to do a first later this morning when I tape a segment for National Public Radio for its weekend Only A Game program.
As one guy with the Raptors said, stunned as he was:
“The NPR in the United States? That NPR?”
Go figure, eh?