Tuesday February 9 2010 – 9:49pm Eastern – Toronto, ON
The snow is starting to fall in Toronto … but that’s been a rarity this year!
However, the flakes that are falling reminded me of the weather story I stumbled upon while surfing around Yahoo earlier today (http://realestate.yahoo.com/promo/americas-worst-winter-weather-cities).
According to that story, here are the 5 “WORST WINTER WEATHER CITIES” in the United States:
Average Annual Temperature: 49.6°F
Average Precipitation: 38.7 inches
Average Snowfall: 58.9 inches
Average Annual Temperature: 51.6°F
Average Precipitation: 42.5 inches
Average Snowfall: 43.2 inches
3. New York City
Average Annual Temperature: 54.6°F
Average Precipitation: 49.7 inches
Average Snowfall: 28.9 inches
Average Annual Temperature: 47.5°F
Average Precipitation: 34.8 inches
Average Snowfall: 47.5 inches
Average Annual Temperature: 49.1°F
Average Precipitation: 36.2 inches
Average Snowfall: 38.2 inches
Now, what’s significant about that list?
1 – The most coveted free agent in this coming NBA off-season, LeBron James, plays in the city that has THE worst weather in the USA. Does that matter? Who knows.
2 – Three of the Top 5 worst winter weather cities are major markets (Boston, Chicago, and New York). This point only strengthens my stance that weather plays a small role in a player’s decision to go to a team or to simply like or dislike a city. The biggest factor is winning.
That’s all the Raptors have to do. Win.
Like I’ve said 1000 times before … weather didn’t affect Larry Bird, et al in Boston during their glory years … nor did it matter to Michael Jordan and the Bulls or the “Bad Boys” in Detroit. Just win baby.
Oh, and how does Toronto stack up against those 5 cities above? Well, according to this story – http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/world/city_guides/results.shtml?tt=TT000900 - the average temperature in T.O. is 53.45 degrees Fahrenheit (based on the average MAX for each month) and based on the numbers I’m reading, the annual precipitation is just under 29 inches and the snowfall is 52.4 inches.
Toronto gets less rain than any one of those 5 …
Toronto is the second-warmest city on the list – next to NYC …
Toronto is neck-and-neck with NYC & CHI for lower annual combined precipitation (snow/rain) …
But Toronto is second-worst (to Cleveland) in average snowfall
Just some interesting facts for some of those uninformed souls south of the border that think we live in igloos and take our polar bears for walks every morning.
BACK TO BASKETBALL
Tired of the weather talk?
Okay … here are a few tidbits of hoops to get ya ready for tomorrow night’s Toronto-Philly tilt:
* Reggie Evans WILL play for the Raptors. The thought is that Evans will see less than 10 minutes of action against his former team and Jay Triano said “for the first time this season, we have to figure who to put on the inactive list.”
If I were a betting man I’d say that Marcus Banks and Patrick O’Bryant will be in suits on the sidelines.
* Marco Belinelli (ankle) returned to practise on Tuesday (after missing Sunday’s game against Sacramento) and he should be good to go for tomorrow night.
* Sixers guard Allen Iverson will not play for Philly – due to personal reasons. Details are sketchy (and in this case, it’s really none of our business), but word is that A.I. is in Atlanta dealing with some serious health issues for his 3-year-old daughter.
* DeMar DeRozan is bringing Jarrett Jack and Sonny Weems with him to Dallas for the All Star Weekend and he MAY use one or both of his teammates as a part of his showcase during the “Dunk-In” competition that he’s got going against LA Clippers’ guard Eric Gordon. Further to that, DeRozan all-but guaranteed that he would beat Gordon in their 1-on-1 dunk-off, and advance to Saturday night’s main event – the Sprite Slam Dunk competition.
USA FOR CB4?
Jerry Colangelo (USA Basketball Chairman) and Mike Krzyzewski (Head Coach of the 2010-12 USA Basketball Men’s National Team) will host a media teleconference on Wednesday afternoon (1:00-1:30pm) to announce the players that have been selected for the 2010-12 USA Basketball Men’s National Team.
While nothing is official as of yet, it is expected that Raptors’ forward Chris Bosh will be one of the names announced.
BACK TO WEATHER
Sorry, I just couldn’t leave this alone. I guess I’ve got some hidden itch to be a meteorologist or something!
Here are the Top 10 Worst Winter Weather Cities (according to that story on Yahoo … that came via www.Forbes.com):
10 – Baltimore
9 – Detroit
8 – Columbus
7 – Indianapolis
6 – Minneapolis
5 – Chicago
4 – Milwaukee
3 – New York City
2 – Boston
1 – Cleveland
Have a good one folks