Thursday, November 27, 2008

I need to take another look at Andrea Bargnani's defense. Last night against the Bobcats he was rebounding, moving his feet, blocking, and even picked up a charge!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

What's wrong with the Raps

No, I did not forget to put a question mark in the title. I know what's wrong with the Raptors, and I'm going to share it with y'all today.

Some people may look at last night's loss against the Nets (I feel a wave of nausea as I recall the VC "heroics"), and talk about certain key possessions in the 4th and in the overtime period. "Bargnani couldn't inbound the basketball" ... "Bargnani missed the 3" ... "Parker shouldn't have left Vince wide open". But this is basketball, dummies. If you allow a team to be within 2 possessions, they have just as much of a shot at winning as the team with the lead.

No, you can't look at the last 2 minutes to see where the problem lies. You look at the double-digit lead that we gave up, and certain players that are underperforming, and there lie the reasons not only for our horrible loss to NJ, but also for our other losses.

Backup point guard
Will Solomon is absolutely horrible. His deficiencies run longer than the roll of toilet paper that my wife uses whenever she's on the toilet (that's a lot of friggin toilet paper!). He takes too long to start the offensive set. He holds the ball for too long. He takes ill-advised shots. He takes too many chances on defense. He turns the ball over too many times. What the Raps saw when they signed him is beyond my comprehension.

Roko Ukic doesn't the turn the ball over as much on the offensive end, but is a defensive liability when he's on the floor.

The lack of a trustworthy backup point guard allows other teams to erase double-digit leads (see Magic, Celtics, Nets). It also leaves coach Mitchell with no choice but to leave Calderon in the game, tiring him out and rendering him ineffective at clutch-time.

Can't guard the twos and threes
We have one of the most forbidable front courts in the league (as I type this, I have my fingers crossed, waiting for news on JO's injury). We're doing a great job on the defensive end, swatting away garbage and making life difficult for post-up players.


A lot of the league's dangerous scoring options are out at the wings. We've already seen a few of them this season, and they've torched the Raptors defense like Pepsi and Mike. Joe Johnson, Paul Pierce, Hedo Turkgolu, Rashard Lewis, and Dwayne Wade have put up big offensive numbers against us, and now you can Vince Carter to the list as well.

Who's responsible for guarding these players? Well, there's Anthony Parker, once considered the Raptors' best defender. I felt last season, however, that he was one step slower, and I feel this season that he's two steps slower. He is no longer capable of shutting down or even slowing down the league's best.

There's also Jason Kapono, who can't guard a television from a Mennonite. Enough said.

Finally, we have Jamario Moon, who some consider a good defender (but not me). He's a weak-side shot blocker, who loves to block shots, even when he's defending a player at 24 feet from the bucket. Jamario + shot fake = foul. He only got 9 minutes of playing time against the Nets. Ever think why?

So what needs to be done? Well, let's cut our losses, literally. Cut Will Solomon today. Let's find a veteran point guard that can give us 12-15 solid minutes of low-turnover basketball. Then, we shift our attention to defense. Maybe we need to play zone for most of the game, or maybe we need to package 2 of either Jamario/AP/JK. Until then, we'll continue to see a trend of blown leads, and heartbreaking losses. You'll probably also see me standing in the corner, banging my head against the wall.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

WTF signs

I was collecting funny signs on my Motorola KRZR before switching to my iPhone. Enjoy.

It's not just any type of fence!

Gatdamn, so many rules!

I found this funny, because it seems like such a random and incomplete collection of rules. What about fighting? Don't you want a sign letting people know that fighting isn't appropriate on school grounds? Perhaps it's frowned upon, but not "strictly prohibited". Golf practice, on the other hand...

Look at this guy! His arms and legs are flailing, and he's about to get owned by the floor ... It's rough times, man.

Very professional signage.


This Indian grocery store likes to play Birdman and Lil Wayne when they get home. "Cash Money is like the Army, better yet the Navy"!!!

What if my hands or face are really dirty? The water is good enough to drink, let me rub some on my face!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Why ... So ... Serious?

It's 11:30, and I should be sleeping, but on Thursdays I help Chris coach a youth basketball team. It runs pretty late, but after running around and yelling for a few hours, I'm a bit too wired to go to bed. So instead, I'm going to start blogging.

This post is a few weeks late, and anyone that has my on Facebook has already seen it, but for Halloween I dressed up as The Joker. It was the first time that I really got into the Halloween spirit, and put some effort into a costume. I still remember going out when I was in grade 10 (which, by the way, is way too old for someone to be trick-or-treating), and not putting in any effort. I probably still had my school uniform on, a coat, and a garbage bag. Gimme gimme gimme!

This time around, I wasn't out for candy, but for prizes at my company's first annual Hallow-bowling night. The effort paid off, cuz I grabbed third place! My wife is now the proud owner of a $100 gift card to some schwanky-lank downtown spa. Congratulations yo!

A few days later, I put on the costume again to hang out with my nephew Logan, who was dressed up as Batman. Hilarity ensued. Here are some pics ... Enjoy!

Monday, November 10, 2008

All moved in!

For my cousin's son, Keagan, seen here sleeping on my kitchen island, CathyAl's big move wasn't a big deal. But to us, it was huge! I'm upstairs in the master bedroom writing this, and it smells like new carpet up in here.

Boxes and smaller / easier / less back-breakage furniture was transported via TeamID and friends. Thanks to everyone that came out! For those that didn't, y'all missed out on Thai Express and Shawarma from Osmow's. You also missed out on my multiple cranky meltdowns.

I found it funny that Chris and Jon, the two navigation retards, drove together to the new house. I provided a well drawn-out map using Google Maps, and also provided turn-by-turn directions in my email communications. But if you're not smart enough to read it, well, you end up getting lost. Twice .

The professional movers took over the next day. I asked one of the movers if they could move my mother-in-law's piano to the basement, and he sorta half-shook his head and then walked away. Oh punk!

I'll get some pictures up soon, I promise*. And I'll also set up a date when CathyAl can invite y'all over to take a look at the new digs!

*Not a promise

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Blogging from Milton

It's been a full day for me here in the Milton house. I arrived around 8:00am, waiting for the security system guy, the Bell guy, and the duct cleaning guy. It's now 5:53pm.

I won't bore you with the details, but I will tell you that I'm friggin tired. I want to go home. And what's worse: I've got more people coming in tomorrow! The day that we are settled in and this house actually feels like a home will be a happy day indeed. Until then, I'll close my eyes and imagine. Two more days until moving day!