Day Game in Toronto
First of all, can there be any question about this global warming thing? It's January, I'm in Toronto and I had to rip my coat off on my short walk over to the arena for today's game because it's so warm outside. I hear folks back in DC were in shorts yesterday. Crazy. This is a great city by the way. If you ever get a chance to get up here, do it.
Rare early for the Wizards this afternoon and I'm loving it. For once, there will be no deadline stress. This what life must be like as a baseball writer. I checked in real quick about a half hour ago and the fellas all made it through Gilbert's bash the other night so that's a good sign. Word on the street is my man Jackie Miles kept any drama from going down with Gilbert and the other Wiz during the party. Who is Jackie Miles you may ask? Good question. People asked the same thing about James Bond.
In case you're wondering, I declined an opportunity to go. Not my kind of thing but I hear it was a blast. The whole black tie part threw me off. If you see me in a suit and tie it means that someone either died or got married. (Insert joke here)
This could be a tricky game for the Wizards today. Chris Bosh has been playing great ball since missing 12 games with a knee injury and Wizards fans don't need to be reminded of the success T.J. Ford has had against Gilbert in the recent past. I'll be looking to see how fresh the legs look and how energetic the starters are defensively in the early going. Big game looming Wednesday night against the Bulls, who waxed Detroit last night. It would be even better if the Wiz keep things rolling with a win today.
I wanted to check in with one quick Redskins related thought: Did you see that pathetic offensive performance by the Chiefs yesterday? No first downs in the first half, no running game with LJ going against the worst run defense in the league, no downfield passing game and one touchdown.
This his how it relates to the Skins: When Al Saunders was passed over as head coach of the Chiefs in favor of Herm Edwards, word started going around that without Saunders and his high-scoring "finesse" offense around, the Chiefs would be tougher, would run more between the tackles with LJ, would have longer drives and wouldn't put their defense in bad spots by scoring too quickly (Whatever that means. You mean you would really have 10-play drive result in a field goal rather than a four-play drive that results in seven points? Really?). The Chiefs didn't look too tough yesterday. LJ had nowhere to go because - shocker here - the Colts walked a safety up and dared the Chiefs to throw deep. Problem is, the offense lacks any imagination, Trent Green looks totally emasculated without downfield passing options and Tony Gonzalez was utterly absent. Herm Edwards baby. Martyball at its finest which is translation for: one and done in the playoffs.
All I know is this: with Saunders calling plays, I never saw an offensive performance that pathetic in KC and I covered all of those teams. In fact, they led the league in scoring for five seasons and ripped apart every defense they faced. Now, word is going around the Redskins that Saunders' offense is too "cute" that he put the defense in bad positions with quick drives and that he doesn't play a Joe Gibbs-style offense. Whatever. Give the man the pieces (like at least two decent offensive linemen and one more offseason and training camp with Jason Campbell and those receivers who are still learning his system), get out of his way and watch that offense pile up points like the Wizards. But they won't. That's why they are the Redskins.
Sorry for the long take on Saunders and the Skins' but I felt I had to get that off my chest.
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