An Open Letter To Vince Carter

Vince CarterHey Vince, remember me!

I loved you, man. You were our Rookie of the Year, Air Carter, you were our Michael Jordan. I was at your 51 point game against the Suns. I cheered the loudest when you won the slam dunk competition. I busted a television when you missed the buzzer-beating three in game seven against the 76ers and I constantly defended you when others called you lazy, fragile or worse. You remember Toronto Mike now, don't you?

Here are a few entries I wrote about you. As you'll see, there were peaks, followed by a rather deep valley. I'll let you catch up on our tumultuous history before I get to the point of this letter.

  1. The EA Sports Jinx - October 2, 2003 @ 12:53: I'm concerned that Carter is on the cover of EA's NBA Live 2004. There is that jinx and I want Carter to stay healthy.
  2. Mike's Mailbag - October 29, 2003 @ 15:03: I inaccurately predict the Raptors will make the playoffs in 2003/2004. I add a caveat that Carter must remain healthy for this to happen.
  3. Vintage Vincent - November 27, 2003 @ 08:04: I'm gushing over the great Vince Carter after he scores 43 and carries the Raps on his back. I also reminisce about the 51 point game of his I attended.
  4. Not In-Vince-able - January 17, 2004 @ 14:00: Carter injures himself once again and I brace for the worst. I even compare him to Wendel Clark.
  5. Mr. Popular - January 30, 2003 @ 11:09: Carter leads the league in all-star votes for the fourth time and I try to figure out why he's so damn popular.
  6. Guest Blog Entry - January 30, 2004 @ 15:45: For the first time, I publicly admit in this space that Vince could be traded. I also admit that he's not the second coming of Michael Jordon. "If you had brought up the subject of trading Vince Carter a couple of years ago, I would have laughed in your face."
  7. It. Is. Over. - March 27, 2004 @ 11:04: I was pissed when I wrote this entry. The Raptors were going to miss the playoffs yet again and I knew something had to give.
  8. Vin-sane - July 2, 2004 @ 09:04: ESPN reports that Carter wants to be traded and I try to digest the news. "Vince is our star and it will hurt to watch him suit up for another team."
  9. The End of an Era? - July 14, 2004 @ 10:55: Rumours were swirling that Carter was on his way out and I thought we were in the final hours of the Vince Carter era in Toronto. "The writing's on the wall and we have to accept it."
  10. Carlos and Vince - July 16, 2004 @ 21:37: I found it interesting that it was becoming incredibly likely that both Carlos Delgado and Vince Carter would be leaving Toronto. Still, I held on to a semblance of hope that Carter could stay. "It's entirely possible we're cheering Carter's name on opening night as he stays with the Raps. I'm hoping he does because players with his talent are few and far between."
  11. Guest Blog Entry - July 20, 2004 @ 14:48: I admit I'm completely torn about the whole Vince Carter saga. "I'd like him to stay, play hard and lead us back to the playoffs where he can shine on a bigger stage."
  12. My Sports Wishlist - September 22, 2004 @ 08:23: Carter makes my sports wishlist as I wish he'd stop being such a suck, rescind his trade demand and play his ass off.
  13. 41 Reasons to Kick Ass - November 3, 2004 @ 13:11: The Sporting News ranks Carter the 41st best player in the NBA and I see this as a positive, potentially lighting a much needed fire under Carter's butt. "This gives Carter 41 reasons to kick ass this season."
  14. More Than 41 - November 23, 2004 @ 07:56: It didn't take long to realize that Vince Carter wasn't going to perform for the Raptors the way Vince Carter can. "When we finally do trade this major disappointment, we'll likely get little of value in return. Then, without a doubt, Carter will kick it up a notch and shoot the lights out for his new team."
  15. The Vince Carter Era Ends - December 17, 2004 @ 17:36: Vince Carter is traded to the New Jersey Nets. "It's time to move on my friends."
  16. Vince Carter Is A Dick - January 7, 2005 @ 15:36: What a surprise... Carter actually tries for the Nets and admits he didn't give his all for the Raps. "I used to defend Vince Carter when others wanted to get rid of him. Now, I wish him nothing but the worst. F him"
  17. Formerly Known As Air Canada - February 22, 2005 @ 12:02: The Raptors first game in New Jersey against Vince. "#15 quit on us and started lighting it up the moment he was out of here. Lets humiliate the bastard."
  18. NBA Championship Tonight - April 15, 2005 @ 07:52: Vince's first game in Toronto since the big trade. "Go Raps! Beat Vince!"

Vince, it's Raptors vs. Nets in round one. You'll be here for game one Saturday afternoon and I'll be watching closely. I just want you to know that I'm over you. I've moved on and I've learnt to love a different Raptors team, a team led by #4 with more character and grit than you'll ever know. We don't need you any more, in fact, we're better without you.

With every vibe in my body and every ounce of my soul I'm hoping karma is a total bitch to you. I don't just want the Raptors to beat your team in this series, I want you personally humiliated. I want justice. I want this bad.

I'm looking forward to your long slow walk off the court as we celebrate your just desserts.

Sincerely,
Toronto Mike


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Ryan

I felt both anger (that we could not get the first round bye (aka wizards).

I felt happiness with the opportunity to shut down the Nets and Vince Carter.

I felt all those emotions that you blogged about all over again thinking about Carter. We loved him. He deceived us. Now, let's burn him at the #$@#%# Stake.

Revenge is a dish best served with Carter's dignity on a plate!!

April 19, 2007 @ 3:41 PM

Humble

Dear Toronto Mike.
Get help.
Call SportsNerds Anonymous.
Call them now. They can help.
Vince Carter doesn't care what you think.
I do.
You're making too much of this, it's only a game meant to be a pleasant diversion and not a substitute for real life.
I'd like to write more but it's Thursday and that's the night I polish my Tiger Woods bobble-head and dust off my Lucky TW Wheaties and lucky US open golf balls.
Sincerely your pal,
howard.
PS. Go to www.humblehoward.com I need the visits!

April 19, 2007 @ 8:17 PM

Al

Don't listen to Humble Mike,

This is more than just a game, this is the playoffs and I hope VC gets his comeupance.

Somehow, I get the feeling that if the Nets don't come out with guns'a'blazing and things start going the least bit sour, VC may come up with some kind of injury.

The big baby.

Have you heard the funny spot on the Fan590 this morning involving the Nets? It's a spoof on the Hinterland Who's Who spots featuring the Nets as a soon-to-be endangered species. It's pretty funny as it takes jab at VC too.

April 20, 2007 @ 9:12 AM

Toronto Mike

Remember when Donovan Bailey raced against Michael Johnson in a 150 m race at SkyDome? Bailey was going to blow him away, so Johnson pulled up lame.

It's a built in excuse. If the Raps go up 2-0 and take control, look for Vince to take a dive. My money's on the ankle... but it might be the knee. We'll see...

April 20, 2007 @ 9:15 AM

Stoeten

Vince scares the hell out of me, though. The Nets are really playing well right now, but this thing is going to be fun regardless. Go Raps! A win here in a great series would mean so much for basketball in this city. Enough puck-heads already!

And Mike, nice blog, but where are your Jays items? Try ripping off ours-- we nail it! ... Well, OK, don't rip it off, but at least check it out. http://drunkjaysfans.blogspot.com

April 20, 2007 @ 12:32 PM


Rico

Right-On brother!

Preach!

Vince Carter may be trying now, but such as it is with a player of Vince's mentality, it's only a matter of time before the whining starts. He may be a gifted offensive athlete, but that doesn't eliminate or hide character flaws.

And that guy has tons.

April 30, 2007 @ 3:03 PM

chris

TorontoMike, you are a pathetic loser. You say you are over Vince, but were that true you wouldn't be writing this "open letter" to begin with. And you CERTAINLY wouldn't be saying "I want you personally humiliated. I want justice. I want this bad."

BTW, how did that work out for you? What's that you say, your "gritty" Bosh averaged 17 PPG on 39% shooting while Vince average 25 PPG on 44% shooting? What's that you say? The Nets won in 6 games, Vince Carter put up superstar number (25/6/4), while Bosh choked like a loser?

Not surprised you disappeared after the series. Loser.

September 6, 2009 @ 5:02 PM

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