My Oldest Two Kids Rank Toronto's Teams

In the world of professional sports, I'm focused on the Jays vs. Red Sox this afternoon. A win and we'll host the wild card game Tuesday. This is a big game.

I was just biking with my two older kids and we were chatting about the Jays. My 14-year old son is more excited about Auston Matthews' debut with the Leafs tonight. My daughter will "follow" the game on Instagram. This led to each of us ranking Toronto's big 6 teams in terms of personal preference.

My 14-Year Old Son's Rankings

  1. Leafs
  2. Raptors
  3. Jays
  4. Marlies
  5. TFC
  6. Argos

My 12-Year Old Daughter's Rankings

  1. Raptors
  2. Leafs
  3. Jays
  4. Marlies
  5. TFC
  6. Argos

Straight from the mouths of babes, as they say. Despite the fact I watch most Jays games and talk about the team often, the team is a distant third on each of their lists.

You can lead a horse to water...

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Blind Dave


Will watch:
Argos (I am a Roughrider fan first, Argo fan second.

Hope they do well:
Marlies & a couple of other junior teams.

Absolutely no interest:
Raps or basketball.

October 2, 2016 @ 9:49 PM


In both personal and professional life, I like to add a twist to the saying, "You can lead a horse to water...". First, it has to know it's a horse. If it doesn't know it's a horse, it doesn't likely have a clue that it's supposed to drink.

For what it's worth, here are my support/follow/interest rankings of the Toronto teams:
1. Blue Jays
2. Argos (I'm a born, bred and raised western Canadian; the CFL matters)
3. Raptors

Leafs? If the game is on in front of me, I'm cheering for the other team.

I've been known to watch the odd Marlies game (there's nothing else on TV!?)

I played soccer growing up, supported and even coached a team while my sons played, and do understand, maybe even appreciate, some of the finer points of the game, but in no way, shape or form can I get interested in a game where there is a higher-than-any-other-sport probability of not just one, but both teams finishing the game with "NIL".

October 4, 2016 @ 4:41 PM


While it is unfortunate that the Blue Jays did not rank higher on your children's sports teams lists, the fact that the Raptors ranked so high is a surprising revelation. Perhaps your family is (as mine was), a rare phenomenon in Canada or perhaps the Raptors, and basketball in general, is actually gaining momentum in Canada.

For years basketball remained in the shadow of hockey in Canada. My family remained a very rare exception - both of my brothers and I enrolled in basketball programs, not hockey programs. I could, and still can, barely stand watching hockey games and to this day, I have never played a game of hockey (nor do I have any interest in changing that).
The idea that basketball is starting to emerge from beneath hockey's great shadow in Canada is a very exciting notion for someone like me. It encourages youth to not only watch basketball, but to also become engaged in it. I can't wait to see what future Steve Nash's and Andrew Wiggin's rise from the great white North - maybe it will be your daughter!

What can we attribute to the change in attitude? The Raptors' recent success is undoubtedly a factor. Finally, Toronto has a basketball team worth cheering for. It would also be hard to ignore the recent surge of popularity since Drake has become the ambassador and re-branded the organization - 'We the North'. I can only hope that the organization continues to attract the interest of Canadian youth and Canadian basketball can grow into a great national sport we can all take pride in.

November 14, 2016 @ 6:44 PM

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