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Old 10-28-2008, 10:21 AM   #1 (permalink)
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As much as Sam frustrates me at times, he has to still be one of the Top 5 NBA personalities to interview today.

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You should have heard Sam yesterday. Might have been one the all-timers.

The gentleman from The Score tries to get Sam to do his Bosh tribute all over, following what the coach had said on Sunday, and it became quickly apparent that Sam wasn’t playing along.

Here’s how it went:

Sam - All these guys will tell you, I spent 20 minutes yesterday talking about it. Now, other people have different questions and other type questions. Why do I need to go back and repeat myself?

The Score, trying again - I wasn’t asking you to.

Sam - You just asked me that question. You went down that road, today we’re going a different rout. We went down Friendship Avenue yesterday. Today we’re going down Grumpy Sam Road. Grumpy Sam Road don’t talk about what he talked about yesterday. Friendship Sam Road, Friendship Avenue, we talked about that yesterday. Grumpy Sam Road do not go back and talk about yesterday so we’re at Grumpy Sam Road today.

All of those who are going to get on the bus going down Grumpy Sam Road, get on. All those looking for Friendship Avenue, they get off. That was yesterday.
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Old 10-28-2008, 10:32 AM   #2 (permalink)
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BTW guys, bigmac has the Sam clip from his clips he provided yesterday. Absolutely priceless.

Link: http://raptorsforum.com/f/showthread.php?t=3828
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Old 10-28-2008, 10:34 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Wouldn't want to be Sam's neighbour down Grumpy Road Sam.
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Old 10-28-2008, 10:38 AM   #4 (permalink)
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sam is an asshole.
remember that story i told you guys about not wanting to shake my friends hand (his neighbor).
he's not the nicest guy in the world.
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Old 10-28-2008, 10:39 AM   #5 (permalink)
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When is Sam NOT grumpy?
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Old 10-28-2008, 11:14 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Sam is jokes. Always good for a quote. I remember reading an article about the difference between Paul Maurice and Ron Wilson. And how the media HATED Maurice because he was so bland, vanilla and nice. And how they hate Wilson because he's the opposite. You need to be off the wall and have a chip on your shoulder to be coach in this city and not be eaten alive.
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Old 10-28-2008, 11:44 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I love grumpy Sam.
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Old 10-28-2008, 01:31 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I really like Sam Mitchell.I don't think any coach/GM stays too popular for too long, if at all with most fans in this fickle city!
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Old 10-28-2008, 01:57 PM   #9 (permalink)
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the other thing i would point out is that some of the media people don't really know basketball from hockey and it totally reflects in their correspondences with Sam. Case in point the fan morning show goodballs. Fact: they don't know basketball. Maybe they watch it very casually, but they don't know it. and it's obvious. So when they try to ask "journalistic" type questions about the game - they sound like they're full of shit. And they are! I don't read Toronto sport writers, but i gather that there are others who "cover" the Raptors who aren't all that familiar with the games.

the worst are some of the Toronto FC reporters. absolutely terrible. I saw a post game interview where one of the news guys asked Rohan Ricketts if he was surprised that he got the start.... That's like asking Bosh if he was suprised to be in the starting lineup.
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Old 10-28-2008, 02:56 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Sam's got such a high opinion of himself for no particularly good reason.
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Old 10-28-2008, 03:02 PM   #11 (permalink)
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the other thing i would point out is that some of the media people don't really know basketball from hockey and it totally reflects in their correspondences with Sam. Case in point the fan morning show goodballs. Fact: they don't know basketball. Maybe they watch it very casually, but they don't know it. and it's obvious. So when they try to ask "journalistic" type questions about the game - they sound like they're full of shit. And they are! I don't read Toronto sport writers, but i gather that there are others who "cover" the Raptors who aren't all that familiar with the games.

the worst are some of the Toronto FC reporters. absolutely terrible. I saw a post game interview where one of the news guys asked Rohan Ricketts if he was surprised that he got the start.... That's like asking Bosh if he was suprised to be in the starting lineup.

Great points fancy on all parts.

The morning guys on the FAN are just terrible, terrible. For the most part they try to degrade the conversation into some useless pop culture conversations (at least the ones that I've heard). Hell, who wouldn't be grumpy speaking about that in the morning.

Then you have those in the media who act as if they have more knowledge THAN the coach. We all know who they are. The Toronto media, beyond hockey, really don't understand other sports that well.

And on the TFC front, again, great point on Ricketts being asked that question.
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Old 10-28-2008, 04:41 PM   #12 (permalink)
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If Sam kissed the media's ass everyday how much less abuse would he take from people? I would bet that he would get called much worse than an asshole. And we're all assholes ourselves anyway, no?
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Old 10-28-2008, 04:43 PM   #13 (permalink)
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If Sam kissed the media's ass everyday how much less abuse would he take from people? I would bet that he would get called much worse than an asshole. And we're all assholes ourselves anyway, no?
Benzo is. That's for certain.
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Old 10-28-2008, 04:45 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Sam's got such a high opinion of himself for no particularly good reason.
Yeah - he should dislike himself and have no sense of humor, or at least a sense of humor that everyone appreciates. He could just be Mr. Happy and as much of a slacker as myself, but without a hint of the sarcasm. That would make him a truly great coach.
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Old 10-28-2008, 07:27 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Great points fancy on all parts.

The morning guys on the FAN are just terrible, terrible. For the most part they try to degrade the conversation into some useless pop culture conversations (at least the ones that I've heard). Hell, who wouldn't be grumpy speaking about that in the morning.

Then you have those in the media who act as if they have more knowledge THAN the coach. We all know who they are. The Toronto media, beyond hockey, really don't understand other sports that well.

And on the TFC front, again, great point on Ricketts being asked that question.
As I said previously, that's not correct. I've actually listened the first conversations with Sam, and in the beginning it was painful because Sam was extremely uncooperative. Any basketball questions they were asking, Sam was trying to ridicule. After a while they started to turn the short conversations to humor, because they were getting really awkard. Two-three years ago Sam was much worse with the media than he is today.
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Old 10-28-2008, 07:31 PM   #16 (permalink)
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I wish Sam could handle an offense like he handles a media scrum.
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Old 10-28-2008, 07:58 PM   #17 (permalink)
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I wish Sam could handle an offense like he handles a media scrum.
Yeah - because the offense under Sam has just sucked right?
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Old 10-28-2008, 09:12 PM   #18 (permalink)
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I very much enjoy the irreverent and sarcastic manner in which he treats the media.
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Old 10-28-2008, 11:07 PM   #19 (permalink)
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I'm still waiting for Sam to have an official post game meltdown. I'm talking Mora/Crennell/Singletary/Guillen style. Pull the mic stand out and toss it across the room. That's when he'll get my praise.
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Old 10-29-2008, 02:12 AM   #20 (permalink)
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Most reporters are such idiots. There should be more guys like Sam to show them how idiots are!
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