Well,I figured that basketball contingent in Canada isn't that wide, but I understand the annoyance of having several franchises dominating year after year. Big markets attract big names, that's how the circle works in the NBA.
By the way, Raps traded for Rudy Gay, All - Star caliber SF, maybe he'll be enough to push them for the playoffs?
I don't know, I really really liked Calderon. Was my favorite Raptor. Sad to see him go
Seems like overpayment to me, but we do have another good PG so I guess he was expendable.
I think the Raps were a playoff team this year anyway if it wasn't for their awful start to the season. Really put them behind the 8 ball, I'm not sure this makes them that much better to get the in. I guess we'll see.
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I'm a fairly big Raps / basketball fan, have been since the late 80s (Sixer and Nets fan then). I find Casey to be a good coach til the final minutes of a close game when his only tactic is to put DeRozan in an iso, one against four. Gay will be a better option in such circumstances, for one.
I've like Calderon too, because he is such a pro and such a good outside shooter. And Ed Davis has been improving by leaps and bounds. I wish they could've traded DeRozan instead. But Toronto has a deep squad with everyone healthy, a lot of guys who are good, but none as good as Rudy Gay, so I think overall it's a good trade. (You can't have an eleven man rotation and not be winning more than 2 in 5 games.)
In late December, I thought the Raps could make the playoffs because of their schedule and how they were playing, but they lost four or so games they should have won on paper. I think they definitely would not have made the playoffs without this trade, but with it, it could be possible (to overtake Boston, maybe Milwaukee). I think it likely they won't be much better, but with no trade, they definitely would have been the same, so a no risk roll of the dice, imo.
Then there's the return of Bargnani. With Gay, they won't try to make Andrea the go to guy, so I can see him playing better, once back to rhythm. What I don't have a clue about is the chemistry they can have. I do like the Gay and Lowry seem to be buddies, as I like Lowry as a pro. Bargani will likely be traded, if possible, no? I hope they try him out with their squad now though, to see how it gels first.
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have you ever been a fan of a sport and at some point been so frustrated because the teams or players you like seem to lose all the time or most of the time? its very frustrating and it kind of makes me question whether or not i should just give up and stop following it.
As a fan of certain teams i kind of feel bad because i dont want to give up on them but, as i say its just frustrating to always see them come up short at the big events.
Stompin' Tom Connors Dies At 77
3/6/2013 9:16:34 PM
PETERBOROUGH, Ont. -- Canadian country-folk legend Stompin' Tom Connors, whose toe-tapping musical spirit and fierce patriotism established him as one of Canada's strongest cultural icons, has died. He was 77.
Connors passed away Wednesday from what a spokesman described as "natural causes."
Brian Edwards said the musician, rarely seen without his signature black cowboy hat and stomping cowboy boots, knew his health was declining and had penned a message for his fans a few days before his death.
In the message posted on his website, Connors says Canada kept him "inspired with it's beauty, character, and spirit, driving me to keep marching on and devoted to sing about its people and places that make Canada the greatest country in the world."
Connors is survived by his wife Lena, two sons, two daughters and several grandchildren.
Dubbed Stompin' Tom for his propensity to pound the floor with his left foot during performances, Connors garnered a devoted following through straight-ahead country-folk tunes that drew inspiration from his extensive travels and focused on the everyman. Although wide commercial appeal escaped Connors for much of his four-decade career, his heritage-soaked songs like "Canada Day, Up Canada Way," "The Hockey Song," "Bud the Spud," and "Sudbury Saturday Night," have come to be regarded as veritable national anthems thanks to their unabashed embrace of all things Canadiana.
Still, Connors often complained that not enough songs were being written about his homeland.
"I don't know why I seem to be the only one, or almost the only one, writing about this country," Connors said in a rare one-on-one interview at his home in Halton Hills, Ont., in 2008.
"It just amazes me that I've been going so long I would think that somebody else (would have) picked up the torch a long time ago and started writing tons of songs about this country. This country is the most underwritten country in the world as far as songs are concerned. We starve, the people in this country are starving for songs about their homeland."