Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Canada Basketball: You'd swear it was a national holiday or something

Here's a commentary on the state of major media in Canada: Our senior men's basketball team beat New Zealand 90-63 in a pre-Olympic qualifying tournament this afternoon in Hamilton, but at this writing, there's nothing about the game on The Canadian Press wire or on the websites of The Globe & Mail and the Toronto Star, the country's two most important newspapers.

A New Zealand paper has a brief game recap posted, however. C'est la vie if your Canada includes team sports that aren't played on ice.
That's not meant to condemn anyone, not in the slightest: The interest probably isn't there for any editor to assign a writer to the game, especially on a stat holiday when there are scarcely few bodies around. Of course, how are people going to get interested in Canada Basketball again if the media don't give it any play?

Veteran Rowan Barrett had 19 points in 21 minutes (making 5-of-8 threes) and former Pitt Panthers big man Levon Kendall added 16 on 8-of-10 shooting. All in all, not a bad night for Leo's lads. Big Sam Dalembert played less than six minutes this afternoon (injury? giving some other guys a chance?) but

Update: The wire service moved a story at 9:42 Eastern time. But which paper will actually carry boxscore tomorrow? Cue the diabolical, evil-genius laughter.


GoldenGuy said...

I'm pretty sure there was a bigish article in the Globe & Mail this morning...

sager said...

This morning? Some of us can't wait that long!