2nd Class Pro-Sports Teams in Toronto

I'm an unabashed Toronto sports fan. I've been root, root, rooting for the home teams for as long as I can remember.

This past month has reminded me of the three-tiers of pro-sports in Toronto. There's group A, consisting of the Leafs, Blue Jays and Raptors, and group B, composed of TFC and the Argos. There's also a group C, which includes the Marlies and Rock.

When a team in group A makes the playoffs, it's a big deal. Most of the city gets incredibly excited and rallies behind our boys. I personally won't miss a minute of Leafs, Blue Jays or Raptors playoff action if I can help it.

When a team in group B makes the playoffs, you're happy, but there sure isn't a buzz in the city. TFC recently played their first playoff game ever, and if you weren't paying attention you likely missed it. I actually tuned into 3 minutes of this game before realizing we were getting trounced and I didn't really care. The Argos played a semi-final game yesterday, and if it wasn't for a few tweets I saw, I still wouldn't know what happened.

And don't get me started on group C. I'm mildly curious about the Marlies because I'm interested in how Leafs prospects like William Nylander are performing, but I couldn't tell you how many titles the Rock have won or when they last won without Googling it.

3-tiers

So yes, TFC and the Argos recently lost playoff games, but this city barely noticed and hardly cared. But when one of the big three make it, you won't be able to ignore it.


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Mrmojorisinca

Its true..TFC Sebastian Giovico will more then likely win MVP of the league and it will go pretty much unnoticed in the city..it Sad really..he a special talent..lets hope they can build a strong defence to match his offence..

November 16, 2015 @ 10:04 AM

Derek

As ardent an Argos fan as I am, this season was, even to me, a dud. There was never any chance for a buzz to formulate because of all the transplanted home games and the Jays' success in October - which unfortunately is the time the Argos get most of their press in any given season. It was a lame duck year where their current owner David Braley wasn't dumping any money into marketing and the new owners, Bell, had to wait until now to take over operations.

I understand the culture of Toronto sports fans and media and I am good with it. I like that TFC and the Argos are what I would consider "boutique" sports entities. As long as they can maintain a strong and loyal core of fans and make money, God bless 'em!

For the last 50 years the Argos' popularity in the city has ebbed and flowed. Only 10 years ago during the NHL strike, the team averaged 35k a game. Hey, and remember 2012? Good time! I am okay with this B level existence. Next year the Argos have new ownership, a new stadium, a normal schedule and a team that could once again play in a home Grey Cup game.

Hanging out on the floor below the penthouse still has a pretty sweet view!

November 16, 2015 @ 10:12 AM

dsscpu

Don't forget about the new Raptors 905, they probably fall into Tier C.

You also have the Bisons and Bills which are probably a tier in itself.

Heck even an obscure tier for Toronto FC II, Brampton Beast and Toronto Maple Leafs of the intercounty league.

November 16, 2015 @ 11:28 AM

James Edgar

I was a pretty ardent Argos fan in the early 80's (I once practically ran out of a remembrance day parade with my Militia regiment to get to an eastern final. which got me into some real trouble) and i remember them winning their first grey cup in 50ish years being a huge catalyst for the skydome getting a push from local government.

The Jays hadn't won a division or played a playoff game yet so they were almost an afterthought initially.

That all changed in 85 and by the time the dome opened of course the jays were the kings.

November 16, 2015 @ 11:43 AM

Rob J

Problem with the conversation about Toronto teams in the top leagues in the playoffs is that it's such a small sample size. E.g. 2015: Raptors 0-4, Leafs 0-0, TFC 0-1, Argos 0-1, Jays 5-6

November 16, 2015 @ 1:12 PM

Rob J

Yikes, that's a 5-12 record...how do you Tor sports fans stay sane and sober?!

November 16, 2015 @ 1:14 PM

DUTCH

Oskee Wee Wee

November 16, 2015 @ 9:39 PM

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