Saturday, June 1, 2013

The Rangers look for a coach, the NBA refs blow a call and Sochi faces corruption

From where I sit it looks like the New York Rangers have a couple volunteers for head coach.

Both Gretzky and Messier bring impressive players. Only Gretzky has any professional coaching experience, and that was hardly inspiring. In 4 seasons behind the bench in Phoenix, the Great One was 18 games under .500. He had 1 winning season (38-37-7 in 2007-08) and never made the playoffs. As for Messier, he coached Canada to a third-place finish at the Deutschland Cup and a second-place finish at the Spengler Cup in 2010. Hardly inspiring numbers from either of them. For Glen Sather, the only benefit this brings is a distraction for the media for his search for a proper head coach. I hope. There are plenty of high quality candidates looking for work. Alain Vigneault, Lindy Ruff, Paul Maurice are all on the market. Dallas Eakins is ready to move up from the AHL. However, Sather's judgement hasn't been the best since he landed in New York, so nothing would surprise me.

It's a 1 game suspension for Miami's Chris Andersen for game 6 of the East final.

That's a fair judgement for what he did, but my question is on the referees. Commissioner David Stern says Andersen should have been ejected. For all the Major League umpires get hammered every time they blow a call, why isn't the same being done here? Sure, Andersen only had 4 points, but he played 18 minutes, second on the team to Ray Allen's 21 from the bench. How the refs watched the same replay I saw and decided Andersen should be allowed to keep playing is beyond me. That looked more like an NHL playoff style decision...did Hansbrough die? No? Ok, Andersen can stay. The NBA is supposed to get the call right, no matter what. A foul in the 1st minute is a foul in the last. Please, keep it that way.

And in the latest edition of corrupt Olympics, Sochi is added to the list.

So, $30-billion is missing. And it's not like the venues are all ready. It shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone that the Olympics is facing allegations of corruption. When you're dealing with that big an organization, with that much political influence and, depending on the country involved, little to no oversight, disappearing money is almost expected. More surprising to me is that it's been caught this early. Russia is a country without a good history of financial or political openness. So, this is a positive sign. Sure, there's corruption, but their system is showing signs of working.

At least that's how I see it...and I sit in the cheap seats.

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