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Little things that probably should be bigger things, but they aren’t because I’m being lazy.
There is no doubt that of all the one-off events on the sports calendar – we’re talking the car races, golf tournaments, the odd horse race, the rare World Cup event – the Rogers Cup tennis that kicks off today is the most unique.
And, frankly, the most confounding.
I am sure that the tallest of tennis foreheads in this country did all the due diligence necessary at the time and I am certain the logic schedule-wise makes the most sense but, man, having men in one city and women in another on the same week sure feels odd.
Not only does it fracture the viewing audience to some extent but as a casual fan of the sport, I’d much prefer one week of one gender and another of the other rather than condense it all into one.
Oh, I’ll watch more than a bit. I’m hoping Milos can stay healthy for a week, that Shapovalov can recapture last year’s magic (both are big basketball fans, by the way) and that Genie Bouchard can at least make a good showing for herself.
But it’s a bit confusing, it’s a bit fractured and while the poobahs must know it’s the best they can do for the sport, it just feels odd.
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Another thing that becomes law The Minute I’m Put In Charge Of The World (which cannot be too soon): Anyone pushing a full cart chatting aimlessly on a cell phone in the middle of a grocery store aisle who stops short shall be run into from the back, breaking eggs and spilling milk with no penalty whatsoever.
You may not know this about me but I enjoy the odd beer – the first and third for sure, and even the even ones on occasion – but this whole Buck A Beer crap spewing from Queen’s Park is ridiculous.
Offering “incentives” for companies to cut costs is basically spending tax dollars to carve the price of a beer.
Tell you what.
You keep charging what you charge and put the difference between that price and a buck back into the Basic Income Plan and I’m all for your cockamamie campaign throwaway idea.
My new favourite golfer is Georgia Hall because, imagine a 22-year-old who had scored contention at a major before winning not only her first in basically a matchplay Sunday back nine but doing it at home with all that inherent pressure.
I’ve covered a fair share of golf here, both men and women, and the attention on locals is inescapable and has to get to them at some degree, imagine what it was like on a young home-country product in the birthplace of the game.
It truly was stunning and impressive to see her composure down the stretch of the British Open yesterday morning.
Pressure and expectations and the pursuit of ghosts and history has done in more than a few professional athletes over the years, to see one not only survive but thrive and win was lots of fun.
Yeah, we didn’t do so well on the mail last week and since we’re only here three days this week, better start the plea for submissions now.
Click on over to firstname.lastname@example.org and do what you do to help out.
Thanks for playing along.
Okay, Christmas is presents and trees, and Victoria Day is fireworks and Canada Day remains the most significant holiday on the calendar and Labour Day signals a trip back to the grind.
Which brings up the question:
What the heck do I do to celebrate John Graves Simcoe here in Ontario today?
Oh, loaf and watch TV and see if anyone can join me for an afternoon respite somewhere? Sure. Makes entire sense to me.
For the many who have asked, I’d suggest we’re less than 10 days from seeing the 2018-19 NBA regular season schedule so you can all book your trips to San Antonio and Detroit for road games there.
And, no, I do not expect the Raptors will be scheduled for a Christmas Day game but I’ve been surprised before.
The schedule’s come out in the second week of August more often than not in the past few years and I don’t see any reason that won’t continue this time around.
One thing I hope for:
A season opener at home against the Pistons just to see how they honour Dwane for winning the coach of the year award.