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The first week television schedule means nothing up here, all the Raptors games will be shown nationally here and I’m sure they will get some big-time network time down the States over the course of the season.
We say it ever year and we’ll say it one more time:
Five games is ridiculous. Two games – maybe one at 2 p.m. or 3 p.m. East and one at 7 p.m. or 8 p.m. East – would be sufficient and if they wanted to take the entire day off, I’d be fine with that, too.
Yeah, you might like lounging around the house with the family or all alone picking and choosing what games you’ll pay attention too but this overblown schedule could wreck Christmas Day for ticket takers, ushers, concession workers, back-of-house employees in five arenas and connected with 10 teams and I think that’s too much.
And, yeah, even not playing on the day disrupts my life. I would guess that over the 22 or whatever number of seasons I’ve been watching this team, I’ve spent 20 Christmas Day on an airplane probably 15 of them. Sure it’s part of the job but it’s not a good part.
This seems fitting, right?
Anyway, there’s a few different ones but there’s not nearly enough for a substantial Sunday mailbag (Saturday remains my morning of rest) so get on over to firstname.lastname@example.org and drop me a line, would you?
Shameless plug and scheduling update.
Being the time of many vacations, they’ve gone way down the roster of subs and invited me to do the FAN590 round table tonight from 5-7. If you’re stuck in traffic or sitting around the deck, tune in. It can be in equal parts wildly entertaining and totally infuriating. You’ll love it.
Good luck to all the supporters of teams that will playing for second place or a spot in Europe when the Premier League kicks off this afternoon.
And, yes, I’m thinking about She Who Supports Arsenal.
The fact Canada Basketball hired Ryerson’s Roy Rana to guide its senior men’s team through the exhibition AmeriCup tournament that starts later this month and at least the first two series of games that’s part of qualifying for the 2019 World Cup is as big a no-brainer as anything I can imagine.
He’s familiar with the program and the style that coach Jay Triano wants to run, his coaching chops are undeniable after leading Canada’s junior team to a gold medal at the world championships last month and his years guiding age-group teams to success is unrivalled.
The hiring was one of those “duh!” moments and it shouldn’t have come as any surprise.
Who’s going to play?
And what’s it all mean?
Okay, two burning questions but you get my drift.
The who is the most important one, by far.
And no one’s spoken about players in the G League and American colleges are basically in full swing and are unlikely to let their players go.
Now, I don’t know that it’s a crippling blow to Canada’s chances because it’s the same for every country and you’d think we’d have the depth from unemployed pros and collegians to get past the early part of the process and, frankly, seven teams not including the United States will make it to the worlds from FIBA Americas and if Canada can’t crack that low ceiling they need to rethink the entire program.
But hiring Rana does make sense to help the process along. He’s familiar with the CIS kids who might play, he’s been part of basically every senior camp for the last six or seven years at least so he knows what head coach Jay Triano wants and his coaching bonafides are undisputable.
So you have to hand it to Canada Basketball for making a bad situation at least a bit more tenable by achieving some program consistency.