March 2009


Being that i’m still a relatively new contributor to the internets, I thought i’d pay homage to some of the places around the web that I enjoy. To the few who truly do entertain me, check out these cats below. I’m serious, go check ’em out. NOW. I’ll wait… 

 

Internets

 

Starting in Left Field – Pretending to Listen…: The thoughts and views on life from an up and coming East Indian actress from Toronto. She’s intelligent and insightful, and when she makes it big, you’ll remember where she came from.

Starting in Center Field – Illseed: Truly some of the weirder things that happen in everday life can be found here for everyone to view.

Starting in Right Field – Ta-Nehisi Coates: Truly one of the most insightful minds I’ve read. Everything from Hip Hop to Politics, this man is worth read without question.

At Third Base – On The Fence Sports: A great blog about a wide variety of sports with great insight and a personal connection.

At Shortstop – Bill Simmons: Possibly the greatest sports writer there is. I’m serious. A must read for any sports fan.

At Second Base – Ball Don’t Lie: A great basketball blog with multiple authors, most notably J.E. Skeets who is one half of Toronto’s own Basketball Jones podcast, which is incredibly entertaining. If you eat, sleep, breathe the NBA, you need to check this out.

At First Base – Raptor Blog: The best blog about our horrible Toronto Raptors out there. It’s a great read, with great opinions and theories about all things Raptors.

At Catcher – Otherground HipHop: A blog about HipHop by heads for the heads. Any Hip Hop fan should have this blog on their top ten list. 

At Pitcher – Sports And The City: The Roy Halladay of my blogosphere. Consistently a great read night in and night out. An incredible read for all suffering Toronto sports fans.

 

WBCTo get rid of the awful taste in my mouth by Canada’s performance at the World Baseball Classic, I decided to run my own WBC tournament. The World Babe Classic. That’s right, the same countries as the baseball classic with the same groups. You will vote on which country has the hottest women, and the two countries with most votes from every group will advance to a tournament like elimination format. 

 

 

Pool A 


China

Li Gong

(Actress)

 

Chinese Taipei

Lucy Lui

(Actress)

 

Japan

Devon Aoki

(Super model)

 

Korea

Yunjin Kim

(Super model)


Pool B

 

Australia

Krystal Forscutt

(Super model)

 

Cuba

Eva Mendes

(Actress)

 

Mexico

Salma Hayek

(Actress)

 

South Africa

Charlize Theron

(Actress)


Pool C

 

Canada

Elisha Cuthbert

(Actress)

 

Italy

Monica Bellucci

(Actress)

 

USA

Megan Fox

(Actress)

 

Venezuela

Dayana Mendoza

(Miss Universe 2008)

 

 


 

Pool D


Dominican Republic

Dania Ramirez

(Actress)


Netherlands

Doutzen Kroes

(Victoria Secret model)


Panama

Carolina Dementiev Justavino

(Miss Panama 2008)


Puerto Rico

Roselyn Sanchez

 

 


 

 

Seven in a row. The Toronto Raptors have lost seven games in a row. What’s scary is that, this is their 4th such losing streak this season. I mean, four streaks of 5 loses or more. However, I saw one positive last Sunday from the raptors in the fourth quarter. I finally saw some emotion out of Chris Bosh. I finally saw the best player on the team screaming at his team “let’s go”. Then promptly the Utah Jazz went on a 28 – 12 run right after Chris’ emotional outburst to end the game and defeat the Raptors. 

I’ll admit, I haven’t been a the greatest supporter of Bosh this season. However, I wouldn’t like to see Bosh leave. I’ve been big on voicing my opinion that the Raptors should move Bosh. I’ve changed my mind. He’s a 20-10 guy. That’s rare in the NBA. Now at the same time, I don’t think he’s an elite player or a max money player. I don’t think he’s worth 17+ million a year. I would love to see Bosh at around 15 million a year with the Raptors. 

The Raptors are just a horribly put together team. Calderon, while I love his competitiveness couldn’t defend a pylon. Parker’s shot selection is horrible, those spurts where he thinks he’s Jordan are AWFUL. I mean I understand you’re from Chicago AP, but seriously, YOU ARE NOT JORDAN! Marion just isn’t worth 17 million either. Marion truly belongs with Nash, and only Nash. Andrea, he’s still developing, however I see some promise. He’s not going to be the go to guy, but he has made leaps and bounds this year. Honestly, Andrea defends. I don’t see anyone else on this team that puts in the effort that he does on the defensive end every play. Once Andrea develops a bit more of a post game and gets more aggressive, I can see him being a 20-7 guy consistently. The biggest drop off this season has been Jason Kapono. While his interviews are hilarious, his shooting this year is horrible. He’s just been awful. I mean, this is a team where Jason Kapono is your sixth man. That’s pretty scary. Brian Colangelo has a lot of work to do this off season. I mean on a 12 man roster, I only see 3 that are worth keeping, Jose, Chris & Andrea.

I can’t really blame Chris too much for this season, he has done alright. He’s in the top 10 in the league in scoring, that’s not bad at all. While he isn’t the type of guy to take over games, there aren’t many at his position who can. Although, it’s not the offensive end that worries me about Chris, it’s his defense. He seems to have regressed in his defensive presence this year. That worries me, he has been a horrible one on one defender this year. Maybe it’s the fatigue from a long year of basketball when you include the Olympics. I suggest Chris work on his defense this off season. 

In terms of the Raptors, I really do hope there are some wholesale changes this off season. In a city that is the fourth largest market in North America, to not have one team make the playoffs this season is pretty rough. We knew the Maple Leafs were rebuilding, the Jays play in the toughest division in baseball, TFC is still an expansion team, and the Argos, well who cares about the Argos. The Raptors were supposed to be the team this year. I missed every Raptor game last year while working overseas, so I was extremely excited about this year for the Raptors, and I’ve been severely disappointed. It actually hurts, I feel hurt personally when I see them lose. Especially considering the high hopes I had for this team coming into the season. Yet, I still try and watch every game.

This whole season has just been a disaster, from the performance, to the coaches, to the TSN2 fiasco. I mean why would you make a deal with a network where most of your fan base does not have that network. It’s utterly STUPID! Now some would say, maybe it’s a blessing that we aren’t able to view those games, and the matter in which they lose. Maybe they’re right. Maybe I’ve invested too much into the Raptors emotionally. I feel like I’m in a bad relationship, where I’m more emotional invested, more supportive, more positive, yet none of it is reciprocated. Yet, I just can’t end it, I can’t break up. Maybe the Raptors will change, maybe they’ll see the dedication, the support, the emotional investment that I and all the other fans are putting in realise. Maybe the Raptors will start to change. Maybe.

This goal by Alexander Semin the other night was ridiculous. Now this is a type of goal you’d expect from Alexander Ovechkin. Semin can score better on his knees than the Ottawa Senators team.

WOW!

 

This is one of my favorite days in the hockey season. The NHL trade deadline day. The excitement, the intrigue, the surprises. First I’d like to take a minute to bid a fond farewell to Nik Antropov and Dominic Moore. You guys wore the Maple Leaf sweater proudly. Played with heart. Sports And The City said it perfectly, I suggest you check him out. 

On the bright side, Tomas Kaberle and Pavel Kubina are still Maple Leafs.

Every year there are a ton of deals and usually one or two star players changing teams along with draft picks. What’s amazing about this year is that ONLY ONE first round pick was traded, I can’t remember the last time that only one first round pick was dealt on deadline day. It seems like GM’s are really clinging to their first rounders. 

Seems like the Rangers stocked up, Antro & Derrick Morris. However, in my mind, so far the Flames have made the best move landing Olli Jokinen. Imagine a line with Jokinen and Iginla.

It seems like the Ducks are slowly heading towards rebuilding based on the trades they made.

UPDATE – It was just reported, Patrick O’ Sullivan was traded to the Carolina Hurricanes. I honestly don’t understand why the Kings would give up such a promising young player. But when does anything the L.A. Kings do make sense. Then the Canes have turned around and traded O’Sullivan to the Edmonton Oilers for Eric Cole. Apparently Buffalo is also involved in the deal with Kotalik also going to 

On another note, WHY THE HELL ARE THE LEAFS PICKING UP MARTIN “SOFT AS A BABY” GERBER OFF WAIVERS? And why the hell is Ottawa trading for a goalie? Do they not realize they are out of the playoffs? Seriously, it’s over.

I wonder what other trades will trickle in as the day moves along…