A Canadian soccer era has unfortunately ended
|Toronto Star 15 May 2019 at 11:11|
Miss me yesterday? Well, the 3:30 a.m. wakeup call to get the 6:30 a.m. flight through Minneapolis worked out and that’s what mattered most. Don’t think I could have typed that early in the day anyway.
It’s left us with a few Little Things That Should Be Bigger Things But Aren’t to get us through this morning.
I’m late to this by a couple of days but it needs to be said.
As many know, I came to soccer a bit late and my knowledge of the tactics of the game is limited, at the very most.
For guys at TSN and Sportsnet – or Sportsnet and TSN because I don’t want to put one over the other – being forced out of the Premier League broadcast game had to hurt but it hurt guys like me a lot, too.
So, to Kristian Jack and Luke Wileman and Danny Dichio and Craig Forrest and Steve Caldwell and James Sharman and Vic Rauter, and to the great Graham Leggat and Gerry Dobson and Dick Howard before them, a genuine thank you for making the mornings interesting and informative all these years and for doing your jobs so well that a dope like me could understand what he was seeing and what was happening.
The Premier League shifts over to DAZN next season – a business move that may makes sense although I don’t quite get how or why – and with the shift ends a Canadian sports broadcast story that was unique.
Those guys did a great job in bringing the game to people who may not know it well while also, I presume, not talking down those who do and they’ll be missed.
The fact that the Knicks and Lakers were in the group of the last four in the lottery last night and ended up with the third and fourth picks behind New Orleans and Memphis is absolutely perfect to me.
It’s also perfect that none of the three teams with the worst records got either of the top two picks and it seems – for the first year at least – that the tweaking of the lottery odds worked.
Now, if teams come to realize that and blatant tanking goes away, that’s even better.
For now, though, I might relish in the misfortune of both the Knicks and Lakers.
I guess the one mitigating factor is that while New Orleans winning is nice for new boss David Griffin, who we in the media now count as one of our own after a star turn as an analyst the last little while – it does reward the previous regime’s incompetence in handling the Anthony Davis situation post-trade deadline. Not sure that’s great but I suppose it’s the lesser of two evils.