I think we’re going to be all over the place in this space over the next little while, mostly because there’s not one thing to laser-focus on and in part because I don’t really want to think too hard on any one subject or any one morning.
So, here we go …
I know there’s no way to know what the next NBA season will look like or when it will start or when it will finish but I am going to throw this out there and it might run counter to some popular opinion.
I think the next time there are games, those games will include games in Toronto.
None of this Buffalo Raptors or Iowa Raptors or whatever; the Scotiabank Arena will host games.
The main reason is this: I think the NBA will come up with a plan to have games here that satisfies whatever concerns the federal government had with Major League Baseball when it denied the Blue Jays a chance to play at home this past season.
I trust the NBA and its well thought out medical protocols today exponentially more than I would have trusted MLB last summer and I presume Ottawa will, too. I don’t know what they are, I can only guess they will involve sequestering everyone from the time they arrive and there will be a strong testing component but I think Ottawa will be satisfied.
The other layers of government — Queen’s Park and City Hall — signed off on the baseball plan and I cannot imagine them not going along with what the NBA proposes.
Now, I don’t have a clue what that plan will be and how it will deal not only with teams from other cities coming here and the Raptors travelling across the border and back but I refuse to believe that Adam Silver wouldn’t ensure that a Larry Tanenbum-led franchise isn’t taken care of and I cannot imagine the Players’ Association signing off on anything that forces one of its teams to play an entire season on the road.
No idea about fans. Maybe if there’s rapid testing, social distancing and other medical protocols in place there might be some people in the seats eventually but I think that’s almost secondary.
It’d be great and the revenue will be very important to the bottom line but I think the top priority has to be being in every arena.
As I said and as you all know, this is a moving target and what’s real today might not be close to January reality, just as today’s reality is not quite what it was at the start of the summer.
But I do think that when the NBA plays, it will play in all of its venues.
Three things I should have invested in that were invented during my life that would have allowed me to have gone and lived my life on a private island:
• Wheels on suitcases.
• Hand-held electromagnetic wands.
• Patio heaters.
It’s hard to imagine that it’s been five years to the day since this happened.
You probably put it right with Kawhi’s four-bouncer as the most dramatic sports event around these parts in the last 25 years (Joe Carter’s homer was 27 years ago and I’d probably rank it third anyway) and Bautista’s shot was one of those “where were you?” moments that stay with you forever.
Of course, it’s also the second-biggest homer in franchise history.
First, and I will say it for all time, was Robert Alomar’s shot off Dennis Eckersley in 1992. That one established the Jays and gave them true belief and turned the franchise into something special.
The Bautista one was dramatic and it should be remembered as it ended the greatest single inning of baseball I’ve ever seen.
So much happened, so much anger and joy and, yeah, I bet fear if you were in the stadium when it looked and felt like a riot might break out.
From Russell Martin throwing the ball off the guy’s bat, to the umpires blowing that call because they seemed to have no idea what happened since it happened so quickly through to the Bautista homer, it was an inning that will never be repeated.
Here’s the deal.
I’m going to eat some time that I’m owed after a rather long and odd run. We’ll be here on the usual Monday-Wednesday-Friday-Sunday mailbag rotation for the next little while but unless something of note happens (a Bobby Webster extension, a Masai deal) but other than that, it’s going to be quiet.
If you want to play along in the mail that’d be nice and all it takes is an e-mail to email@example.com.
It’ll be nice to hear from you.
Well, most of you.
Go on, admit it.
As much as it might be nice to see the Houston Astros get beat in the World Series, you’re loving watching the little Altuve guy kick the ball all over the part to hasten his team’s exit from the division series, aren’t you?
I am, actually, because you reap what you sow and for all the guys on that team that cheated, there was something about his involvement and the obviously false narrative that it led into that bugged me a lot.
And I know that a Tampa-Atlanta World Series will do nothing for the majority of baseball fans in the United States, I think it might have some juice here given all the connections to Toronto and Canada that there are.
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