The Mitchell Report: Canada Flood, James Dolan and golf
Posted June 23, 2013
Updated June 24, 2013
Thoughts on the sports world I can't share in a 5 minute sportscast. Some Triangle news. Some not.
Flooding in Canada
Are you paying attention to the flooding in Canada? Calgary has been under water the entire weekend. This wouldn't normally be sports news, but the Calgary Flames arena is pretty badly damaged.
"It is a total loss on the event level," Flames president Ken King tweeted on the Flame's Twitter account.
He said they are hoping to be ready for the start of the season but they are busy ordering everything now, including hockey gear. The Saddledome was flooded up to the 10th row.
JD & The Straight Shot
If you are a Knicks or Rangers fan you may not be extremely thrilled to hear this news. The guy controlling the organizations, James Dolan, won't be too focused on improvements this summer. His band JD & the Straight Shot is headed on tour with The Eagles. Dolan is the "star" for the blues band and the music isn't all that fantastic. It's important to note that Dolan runs Madison Square Garden and Cablevision. I am just going to go out on a limb and say his band wasn't hired for its talent.
Interesting note from the Travelers Championship. Raleigh's Webb Simpson shot 65 in the final round. When he was finished with his round he was only one shot back of the lead but left for the airport anyway. He didn't want to stick around to see if his score was good enough for the win. He said he was "itching to see his family" and left the course. Turns out he finished fifth, so no big deal, but it's cool to see the guy putting family first.
If you don't know the story of Sunday's PGA winner it's worth looking at. Ken Duke has been on tour since 1994 and never won a tournament. You can make good money as a pro on the PGA, but I would imagine it could get frustrating to never break through. He finally did at the Travelers at age 44. Never give up.
Former UNC football coach Carl Torbush has a new job. He is the now the head coach at East Tennessee State
Colorado has the first pick of the NHL draft this week. Most people consider the best player to be defenseman Seth Jones. It doesn't look like he's going first.