Chris' Corner: Bittersweet Monday...

Bittersweet Monday...

I had a busy weekend and wasn't aware how my teams were doing, so catching up this morning finds me with mixed emotions...

NBA - My team is, and always will be, the Toronto Raptors,
toronto raptors

and last year, we were out of the playoffs by December, so for this year's playoffs I adopted anybody but Miami philosophy... sentiments I sure that were not uncommon in North America.  Unless you live in Miami, or have a particular attachment to one of the players or the team, the arrogance of their display last July probably grated on you, at least a little.  On paper, they seem a force, but the game is not played on paper, and even though I have no particular affinity to the Dallas Mavericks, CONGRATULATIONS!  Dirk, you are the man, and I am very happy for all you Dallas Fans.  Mark Cuban, I like your style... The only thing that would have made this more fun for me, would have been if Steve Nash was the point gaurd, nothing against Jason Kidd, but it would have been the icing on the cake.

Dallas Mavericks

MLB - My team is, and always will be, the Toronto Blue Jays, and we are in a rebuilding mode with a lot of young promising pitchers and a pretty good right fielder, Jose Bautista with Adam Lind protecting him in the batting order...

Toronto Blue Jays
We were taught an ugly lesson by the big bad Boston Red Sox over the weekend, and now I hear that our pitching is ranked 27th in MLB (out of 30).  Boston looks formidable with three sweeps against the A's, the Yankees, and now the Blue Jays. This weekend aside, I see signs that we are moving in the right direction.  Our batters were warming up, Boston series aside, and though a playoff spot is unlikely, I hope our young players make positive strides...

Boston Bruins

I have been a Boston Bruin fan since probably 1968, before a lot of you were born, Bobby Orr, Derek Sanderson, Phil Esposito, Wayne Cashman, Gerry Cheevers, et al are emblazoned in my memory, and teams like Philadelphia (the old Broad Street Bullies) and Montreal (Ken Dryden gave me nightmares ;-) will never be on my Christmas Card list...  Boston still have a chance over Vancouver.  I will try and record the game and maintain radio silence and hopefully catch it later this evening or tomorrow morning.

One Happy =) One Sad =( One... Hope springs eternal ... Bittersweet...


NFL - I have been a Steelers fan as long as I can remember, again from the days of the Steel Curtain in the 1970's. 

Pittsburgh Steelers

Notice a trend?  I guess it is part of my core values, I tend to be loyal... my wife likes that ;-)




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Comment balloon 6 commentsChris Smith • June 13 2011 09:50AM


Chris, No luck here with my team choices! I'm am a Cubs fan from waaaaay back and hope to see them take the pennant in my lifetime ( I can dream!) and the Denver Broncos are my football choice (they are in re-building mode) and yes, the Steelers are my 2nd NFL team to beat! There is always next year!

Posted by Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR (Red Rock Real Estate) over 9 years ago

aaaargh Chris, the Blue Jays have been rebuilding since 1994.  It's tough being in the same division as the Yankees and Red Sox, but it's also tough for the fans to watch them develop solid talent and see that talent move elsewhere after a while.

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) over 9 years ago

Wanda, like myself you are loyal to a fault to your teams...

Malcolm, be positive, we have tried several re-building approaches, Delgado, Wells and/or Halliday, without the supporting cast were not enough.  I really like Jose, you see him constantly talking to and helping his team mates and I think with Adam Lind, JP Arencibia, Yunal Escobar, and Raja Davis, and even Aaron Hill, we have a good supporting cast, and though they were roughed up by the Red Sox, our young pitchers have talent, they need to learn the art of pitching.  Our biggest need right now is a closer...

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 9 years ago

Ahhh Chris, we were strong supporters of the Blue Jays, got into that three-peat time....were super strong supporters of our Maple Leafs in the Gilmore/Clark days........then .... haven't watched a game of anything in a long, long time.  But yes, you are one of the loyalist guys we know!! Helen is 'safe'!

Posted by Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers, Our Family Wants To Help Your Family! (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 9 years ago


The Leafs and the Blue Jays. I never understood basketball.


Posted by Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto)) over 9 years ago

Can't watch many, if any games, but I manage to catch the highlights Al and Peggy.

Brian, never like Basketball myself, but the Raptors have won me over... it is, probably with the Toronto Rock, the most entertaining live Sporting event, and very different, spectacular, if you can ever watch a game courtside...

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 9 years ago