I simply cannot find my game story anywhere. The Canadian papers all have their own peeps covering the Jays, although I did only check three of them. As for the Yes Network, they apparently have made the switch from Ticker to AP sometime in the last week or so.

I would just copy/paste, but I don’t have the story saved on this particular computer. Needless to say, I’m sure it would’ve been the greatest thing you read all day.

To summarize, Roy Halladay OK on birthday, Scott Rolen makes odd play on basepaths, but Twins screw up defensively for the second straight night ultimately leading towards their demise. Oh, and John Gibbons makes a joke about Canadiens because both Matt Stairs and Justin Morneau went yard in the first inning. He also admitted that he has no fans. Per my blog post early last week, I’m in agreement.

Unrelated note — did anyone watch the end of that Lakers/Jazz game last night? Maybe I’m just seeing things, but on Pau Gasol’s two big rebound putbacks late in the game it certainly appears he pushed off to get the board. They ended up being the nails in the coffin for the Jazz, which was disappointing despite the fact I’m not much of a Utah fan.

Pau Pau New Laker

February 1, 2008

Ever have one of those days where you’re hung over because you went to the bar after being laid off the day before, then your washing machine breaks and the repair man that later shows up can’t fix it, then the vertical blinds your girlfriend ordered arrive but are too short because you were too incompetent to properly use a tape measure the first time? No? Well, take it from me, its not much fun.

What is fun, however, are NBA trades! If you hadn’t yet heard, the Grizzlies sent grizzly Spaniard Pau Gasol to the Lakers along with a second-round draft pick in 2010 for Kwame Brown (pronounced “cap relief”), Javaris Crittenton, Aaron McKie, the rights to Marc Gasol, and first-round draft picks in 2008 and 2010. Memphis has talked about trading away Pau for a couple of seasons now, and his big contract didn’t much jive with the rebuilding the Grizzlies are doing. As for his fantasy value, I expect Pau to put up better numbers than he did in Memphis because the Lakers are hungry for any kind of help inside with Andrew Bynum on the shelf. However, when Bynum returns, both he and Gasol will probably see their averages dip from where they are currently. In the end, Kobe Bryant is the big winner with defenses finally needing to help out inside with not one, but two capable scoring options.

The big losers? Well, owners who were hoping to get something out of Ronny Turiaf for at least a few weeks are out of luck, and those who picked up Brown in hopes he’d help in Bynum’s absence can chuck him back into the free agent pool. He’ll be a role player at best in Memphis. Hakim Warrick’s value will take the biggest jump because Stromile Swift is en route to New Jersey for one of the Collins brothers (not Phil) and Warrick fits the uptempo, athletic feel that coach Mark Iavaroni grew comfortable with in Phoenix.