The Good Guys Win

raptorsAt the time I was supposed to put James to bed, the Raptors game was in the fourth quarter. James is only five, but he's showing a sincere interest in the Raps. He knows Chris Bosh, the story of Vince Carter and that the camera will sometimes show a big red dinosaur after a big Raptors basket. Naturally, I let him stay up late and watch the game.

And what a game! James watched the good guys win and was thrilled by the post game celebration on the court. There was the red confetti-like paper falling from the rafters, the flags and a whole lot of cheering and hugging. We were hugging, too, celebrating the first non-Argo Toronto playoff win in quite some time.

It's 1-1 heading back to Jersey, and the Raps haven't come close to playing their best ball. I'm feeling good. James will have plenty of late nights ahead, if we're lucky.


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Rico

I've been reading your Blog for about 2 years or so and I've always liked the fact that you're a Raptors fan.

I've honestly been PISSED that the Raptors get no respect as far as Canadian Media goes. In Toronto itself, the Raptors ONLY got airtime and notice once the Leafs were eliminated from the Playoffs. I find this to be a shame since the Raps are having their best season since 2000-01 (AKA - The Vince Carter Era).

This season has seen one of the best backcourts in Toronto history with TJ Ford and Jose Calderon doing some major damage and helping to keep Chris Bosh and the Raps afloat.

The International Influx has produced some great players such as Bargnani and Jorge Garbajosa (come back soon, dude!) and of course, Calderon. Sam Mitchell wins Coach of the Year, The Raps clinch an Atlantic Division Title and they make the third seed in the Eastern Conference and this all goes basically unnoticed (or as a footnote in Canadian Sports) until The Leafs make their humiliating exit.

I suppose I'm just bothered by the new fairweather friends the Raptors have following them now.

I wish they got more respect as an organization and as a franchise not just within Toronto, but also with Canada and its hockey obsessed media.

There are other sports out there.

For what it's worth, i follow the Raptors pretty closely and have a blog you can check out if you would like. I follow NBA, some NCAA, and some of the local Manitoba Men's League and High School Teams.

I wrote you before about blogging and what you did. Thanks for your reply, by the way.

I hope to one day have my blog be as big as yours, but for now, Yahoo appears to fit my needs just fine. I have included the link, if you'd like to take a look. Maybe it'll help bring in more traffic to my basketball blog.

Anyway, go raps go!

April 26, 2007 @ 5:21 PM

Toronto Mike

Hey Rico, I remember you. I just checked out DIARY OF A MAD HOOP FIEND... looks like some good hoops stuff. 88 entries? I'm at 5859, so you'd better get writing. ;-)

The Raps were almost unwatchable last season, so I excuse the fairweather fans for jumping on the bandwagon now. I've noticed some of my hockey buddies suddenly care about the Raps and can't wait for the next game. If we beat the Nets in this series, look for this city to totally catch the fever, and when the people have the fever, the media will follow suit.

April 26, 2007 @ 5:40 PM

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