Published On: Mon, Sep 24th, 2018

And a Happy Media Day to you all!

And a Happy Media Day to you all.

It’s No. 23 of 24 for me, or No. 22 of 23 – the years get away from you – after missing only 2007 ‘cause Super Family and I were waiting in Rome for them to join us in Treviso and, to be entirely truthful, it was exponentially better than being back here.

And it’s not nearly the same as it was and that stinks. Way back when it was far more informal, you’d loiter around a gym or somewhere and pick guys off you wanted to talk to as the showed up.

It was small enough and informal enough that you could get a one-on-one conversation; now I see it’s all podiums and then crazy scrums and it’s a bit off-putting for both reporters and players/coaches/general manager, I’m sure.

I don’t think it should be a TV show, I don’t think a lot of us should be basically forced into the role of (a) studio audience or (b) generators of news/comments for others but, then again, I’m old and, yeah, the bygone eras were better in many ways.

Anyway, the shenanigans start in a couple of hours, I’ll be the guy yelling at the clouds and the kids on my lawn.

Have a nice day.

So, Tiger Woods, eh?

His win yesterday has to be one of the cool athletic accomplishments of our time, having survived multiple back surgeries, hitting drives all over Heck’s Half Acre for a long, long while, missing a ton of putts no longer than his putter and somehow persevering to win against a field of the hottest golfers on the planet at the moment.

And, you know, trying to put it into some kind of context with other amazing physical comebacks is both an exercise in futility and somehow diminishing all of them.

Who cares whether it’s as good or better than Hogan coming back after the car crash? Does it really matter how it “ranks” against Mario Lemieux and beating cancer to do what he did? Take any of them and think for a minute that no one should even try to put them in some order.

It was incredible, it was fun to watch, it will assuredly give golf a huge boost and shouldn’t that be good enough?

Shouldn’t we all just revel in what he did and not concern ourselves with how it fits up against other feats?

Now, I will say this, too.

It re-affirms Tiger as one of the eras top athletes, no question. It does nothing to take away from what he is a man or what he did to, in some small part, hasten his own demise.

That’s another debate for another day, I think; and, no, winning the Tour Championship for his 80th win after all the physical issues he’s been through does not do a thing to elevate his personality in my eyes. It does everything to speak of his prowess as a golfer and it truly was something special to see, but that’s it.

Now that summer’s gone, the seasons, ranked

Fall.

Summer.

Spring.

Winter.

End of discussion.

But it being pitch black out when Super Dog 2.0 needs her morning constitutional before I get the 6;15 a.m. typing exercise under way is going to take some getting used to.

Okay, scheduling update.

We’re gonna try to be here five days a week starting now but no promises, okay?

If there was one thing I learned from the episodes last year it’s that I’m not quite as young as I once was and getting worn out early leads to nothing but late issues and I cannot – will not – have any more episodes or instances.

So with a early flight tomorrow to make first practice and Canada-France on the computer I can’t promise when stuff will get up.

Think one of my faults is trying to do too much too often and I also think those days have to end.

Hope you understand.

There will be more on this probably Wednesday morning but I think it’s kind of cool that that the Blue Jays home season – and unquestionably the last time SkyDome fans will have a chance to fete John Gibbons – ends with an afternoon game; it’s kind of neat and I hope the joint is packed to say goodbye to him.

I am also of the mind that at least one game every week should be a day game because it gives an entirely different group of fans a chance to attend and that no weekend game should ever start after 4 p.m. local time.

I know it’s never, ever going to happen because TV rules the roost and the networks aren’t about to sacrifice a game a week and every weekend evening but a guy can dream, right?

Anyone with me on that?

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And a Happy Media Day to you all!