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Okay, I had no idea that changing over to the new blog place would put us behind the paywall until people started telling me about it yesterday morning. Of course, part of that might be on me because I didn’t... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2013 at Doug Smith's Sports Blog
All right, ladies and gentlemen. We’ve moved from our usual spot here with the morning fare over to a new place that makes a bit easier in our office to do things like give this prominent play on our website... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2013 at Doug Smith's Sports Blog
It was the first game at Brooklyn’s Barclay’s Center more than a year ago now and a bunch of us are hanging the hallway outside the locker room after the game when Larry Tanenbaum comes walking by with a bunch... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2013 at Doug Smith's Sports Blog
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Well, this going to one mailbag a weekend has made for a very lengthy one; hope you can get through it all because there’s some good stuff in here. Enjoy. - Q: Hi Doug Pretty sure you’ve covered this before... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2013 at Doug Smith's Sports Blog
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That was a pretty entertaining game, no? Up and down first half, second half slowed considerably, it got close, fans had a good time I bet. Not bad for your entertainment dollar. Okay, we’ll do usual junk here this morning... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2013 at Doug Smith's Sports Blog
Good evening, folks. We're here if you like, bit of a mixup http://livenews.thestar.com/Event/Raptors_vs_Wizards_live_updates_with_Doug_Smith Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2013 at Doug Smith's Sports Blog
You remember. Of course you remember. We all remember. For me, it was Drummond Road public school, afternoon recess, I believe, when we were herded back to our classes and sent home to find parents in tears and in shock.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2013 at Doug Smith's Sports Blog
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Pure and simple and to the point, that game Wednesday night in Philly was one thing and one thing only: Taking care of business. Nothing more, nothing less. They got a weaker opponent, played well, won easily and while it’s... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2013 at Doug Smith's Sports Blog
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Our post-shootaround look at tonight’s Raptors game. TORONTO (4-7) at PHILADELPHIA (5-7) Wells Fargo Center TIPOFF: 7 p.m. TV: Sportsnet One; RADIO: Sportsnet FAN590 WEB: The usual in-game blog begins about 7 p.m. at thestar.com. Probable starters Toronto: Kyle Lowry,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2013 at Doug Smith's Sports Blog
Here’s one to consider when you’re sitting around wondering when – or if – Masai Ujiri is going to pull the trigger on some deals. Don’t look for anything until the middle of December or maybe even post-Christmas. Yes, I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2013 at Doug Smith's Sports Blog
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A few little-ish things this morning, if you don’t mind; think it’s going to be a stream of consciousness day here all around. - I know we pay a whole lot of attention to Canadian teenaged male basketball players and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2013 at Doug Smith's Sports Blog
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That sure was an entertaining game – way better than, say, folding laundry or working – and I’m thinking now that Portland games will be destination viewing on lazy nights because that looks like a fun team to watch. Now... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2013 at Doug Smith's Sports Blog
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First matinee of the season. Everyone ready? Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2013 at Doug Smith's Sports Blog
Another solid late rally by you folks, well done. This should get you through the morning, I hope, until you stop by for the IBGT around 1. You will be there, right? - Q: Dear Doug I understand that the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2013 at Doug Smith's Sports Blog
If you weren’t lucky enough to sleep through at least a quarter of that stinker, I feel a bit sorry for you, it was that bad. And I could have had a nap, I would have. But look at it... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2013 at Doug Smith's Sports Blog
Our post-shootaround look at tonight’s Raptors game. CHICAGO (3-3) at TORONTO (4-5) Air Canada Centre TIPOFF: 7 p.m. TV: TSN; RADIO: TSN1050 WEB: Our usual in-game blog commences just before 7 p.m. Probable starters Chicago: Derrick Rose, Jimmy Butler, Luol... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2013 at Doug Smith's Sports Blog
Friday Little Things Because I’m A Bit Lazy And There’s Not Much Going On, Vol. 20 or so - I think we all understand the place the Argos hold on the Toronto sports landscape thanks to some misguided perception that... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2013 at Doug Smith's Sports Blog
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Hands up everyone who saw that one coming? Didn’t think so. But it just shows you that, yes, there is a reason they play the games and you never know what you’re going to get each night and that’s one... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2013 at Doug Smith's Sports Blog
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Well, that was some debut but do you think now the hype over Andrew Wiggins and the rest of the NCAA freshman class can subside a wee bit? The doubleheader last night – Michigan State-Kentucky, Kansas-Duke – lived up to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2013 at Doug Smith's Sports Blog
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No, I did not revel in Not Grace’s double overtime misery – an 8 p.m. start and a 3:16 game is not something I’d wish on anyone and it was hard enough for me to stay up and I presume... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2013 at Doug Smith's Sports Blog
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The Spin has moved to a new location at thestar.com/sports/the_spin.html. If you are subscribed through an RSS feed, the new feed is URL is http://www.thestar.com/feeds.blogs.sports.the_spin.rss Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2013 at The Spin
It is not something you want to think about and it is without question a little bit premature but, still, the notion creeps into the head and it’s hard to get out. Could the end of a glorious career be... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2013 at Doug Smith's Sports Blog
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