Tonight, at 7pm, the Raptors host Philadelphia in our season opener. If you bounce around and check out the American media's predictions for this season, our Raps aren't getting much respect.
- The NBA GM survey doesn't mention the Raptors at all. Their picks to win the Atlantic Division are Boston, New Jersey and New York.
- The SI Power Rankings don't even have us in the top ten.
- This Fox Sports blog doesn't even care enough to mention us. It likes the Bulls.
- Somehow Associated Content has the Nets, Celtics and 76ers ahead of us in the division. Yikes!
- Hollinger at ESPN has us finishing 8th in the conference.
- The Sports Watchers don't even have us making the playoffs.
- ESPN, at least, have us tied with New Jersey as the 2nd most likely to win our division. They're picking Boston.
You get the idea. Nobody thinks we're going to win the division again and few give us a hope and a prayer of coming out of the conference. Listen to me now and hear me later, we're a better team than we were last year and we were pretty damn good last year. It's possible the Nets win the division, but this year we actually win a playoff round, maybe two.
Bargnani will be greatly improved, Bosh is still awesome and Kapono can shoot the lights out. The fun starts tonight. Go Raptors Go!
Mo Pete played 542 games for the Toronto Raptors, a franchise record. His next game will be for the New Orleans Hornets who signed him to a four-year $23 million dollar deal.
Morris Peterson was around a long time, and although I liked him, I never felt he reached his full potential. When I was ready to write him off and move on, he'd do something like this and blow my mind.
When the Hornets come to town, give this guy a seven year salute.
I got an interesting email from Medea Kalantar yesterday.
I am sending you the logo my son has created, his name is Jean-Diar Kalantar and he is 13 years old. Can you please make sure the right people see his design.
Medea knows MLSE visits this site. Right people, here's Jean-Diar's design.
It's half time, and the Raptors are up 46-43 in New Jersey. Not only is T.J. Ford playing, but he's 6-7 for 13 points in nine minutes. That's awesome.
James and I watched the first half together, but I just put him to bed, so I'm going to have to finish this thing on my own. Here's hoping VC continues his shitty shooting, Bosh gets pissed and takes it hard to the hoop and Ford continues to run right through this News D.
As we prepare for game #6 in the swamp, let's listen in on a moment from Tuesday night's big win. I'm giving this a chill factor of 8.1.
Thanks to Kic for bringing this to my attention. Kic, I'll see you on the field. Don't forget those discs.
I think my heart just stopped. We were up large, and then it dissipated. When the Nets hit that three with Calderon hurt on the floor, I almost cried. When the Nets missed that final three ball, I almost cried once more. We're going back to Jersey.
Teams with a 3-1 game lead in the NBA playoffs are 158-8. Now that I've discovered what was holding us back, you can be sure we'll be number nine. That damn Raptors masthead was clearly jinxing us, and now that it's gone, we can't lose.
You may be wondering what Sam Mitchell is doing to psyche up the Raptors prior to tonight's do-or-die game at the ACC. In a Toronto Mike exclusive, I've just learnt how MoPete and the boys are preparing themselves for Kidd and Carter.
Sam's got them watching Bruce Willis' "Yippee-ki-yay Mother**cker" on a continuous loop. Listen for it at the 1:01 mark.
It could all end tonight. What the Raptors need now is a miracle.
Here are songs in my collection with "miracle" in the title.
- No Miracle, No Dazzle - Blue Rodeo
- The Miracle of Music - Bob & Doug McKenzie
- Waiting For A Miracle - Bruce Cockburn
- It's A Miracle - Culture Club
- Miracle of Love - Eurythmics
- Miracle - Foo Fighters
- Miracle Man - Ozzy Osbourne
- I Believe In Miracles - Ramones
- The Miracle - Queen
- Miracle Drug - U2
- It's A Miracle - Barry Manilow
The writing's on the wall, and it's a pretty crappy read for Raptor fans. For the second straight game we got creamed and there's no way we're coming back in this series. Teams rarely come back from a 3-1 deficit in the NBA playoffs. Sure, the Suns did it last year, but these Raptors are not the Phoenix Suns.
I bailed on yesterday's game pretty early. It was making me miserable and it was frightening James. Kidd and Carter were just too much, but I'm not ready to make nice. I don't even think the player formerly known as Air Carter read my letter. He may win this battle, but the war continues. The Raps will be champions before Vince Carter ever hoists that trophy. Mark my words.
It's early, but the Raps are getting hammered in the swamp. It's 26-13 Nets as I type this.
Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush have a message for the Raptors. Don't Give Up. There's still time...
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