Friday, June 23

The Raptors , the NHL Awards and the World Cup

The ' Italianization ' of the Toronto Raptors continues with the hiring of Benetton Manager Maurizio Gherardini as the new Raptors Asst. Manager. First to usher the move was the hiring of Brian Colangelo as GM. The projected drafting of Italian native Andrea Bargnani should complete the move . So to those who doubt that Toronto will draft someone else than Andrea , think again . It's finito. Maybe not yet . There is still the hiring of Tony Soprano to give the team its much needed ' enforcer ' !

Last night was NHL Awards Night . Unlike the NBA, the NHL waits until the championships is over before it hands out the individual awards which it does in a formal settings ala ' Oscar ' Nights. Notable among the awardees were MVP San Jose Shark Joe Thorton , not to be confused with Angelina's ex , Billy Bob , and my fav , Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals , as the Rookie Of The Year . The exciting Ovechkin loves the NBA and watches the Wizards whenever he can. No surprise there. His mother was a former member of the Russian women's basketball team. The 6'2'' Alex would have made a good point guard .

The USA's World Cup team failed to make it to the next round with the defeat to the African nation of Ghana . Seeded as no. 5 before the start of the tournament , the performance of the soccer squad was a complete dissapointment . But who cares. The American peeps continue to ignore this ' beautiful game '. If you watch the late night talk shows like I do , the hosts continue make fun of the game. Jimmy Kimmel Live has a nightly feature called World Cup Play Of The Day . It's hilarious . It shows the players doing nothing but pass the ball. No highlights. No ESPN type spectacular plays . Listening to the radio this morning , one American soccer sportswriter said in 2010 , the USA team should concentrate on offensive moves. It's soccer team should be playing to 3-2 score rather than 1-1 draw or 1-0 score.
Looks to me like small ball basketball as the NBA calls it !

Wait , I got to pee . Cover me guys.


Blogger coach said...

To All

Congrats to the winners and to the Mavs fans ,better luck next time !

8:57 AM  
Blogger NIKEY said...

Yeh , get Tony Soprano !

12:37 PM  
Blogger john said...

USA soccer sucks. They deserved to lose.
Completely useless players .

1:16 PM  
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