Mandy Mitchell

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.


Family Man

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.


Worth Reading

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.


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  • caniacman Jun 24, 1:29 p.m.

    The pics from the Saddledome are unreal. Imagine the first 9 rows of PNC arena being underwater! Basically the players would be coming out under water! That is an unreal sight no matter where it is at. Maybe it should hit home from some of the flooding in the area here earlier this month!

  • Toddler10-21 Jun 24, 1:04 p.m.

    Wonder if he would have left if it were the masters?

  • deduce Jun 24, 9:28 a.m.

    So, CD-2, if it doesn't affect you right here, right now, it's not worthy on any consideration? Is that your world view? That is really unfortunate at best.

  • Sauras69 Jun 23, 9:39 p.m.

    Solid topics. For anyone that cares about people, we have to feel sorry for those people in Canada. It will take months to recover from this tragic event. We're fortunate to live in North Carolina.

    Simpson, Phil, Bubba, Boo, D. Johnson, Mahan, and others are some of my favorites on the tour. Phil is still at the top. Webb should be glad that two others sealed the deal, IMO. He's fortunate that they didn't falter. He would have regreted this one. Bubba had a triple on 16. He should have won this tourney. Darn shame.

    But. The best of all today in regarding Sports was about Dawson Batts. An 11 year old born with one arm. The Fayetteville Observer did a super job titled.. "One of the Boys." This article was one of the all-time best. He wants to play for NC State one day. Great young kid, and his family support is totally out there. Inspiring story.

  • NEVER apologize for being white Jun 23, 9:38 p.m.

    I, for the life of me, cant figure out who in their right mind gives a flyin rat patootie about the saddledome, a guy in a band affiliated with the Nicks and Rangers, that Webb Simpson left early and finished fifth, Carl torbush, or Colorado.

    Case you didn't know Mandy, we live in North Carolina. This is really unfortunate at best.

    The Saddledome? Really?

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