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Discussion in 'All Other Sports' started by MtlBoltsFan, Apr 20, 2007.

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    9:30 PST on ESPN tomorrow, Saturday, the 21st of April - do yourselves a favor and watch the game. Bill Simmons thinks it will be the 2nd loudest game in NBA history...

    Kmart, California: Raptors - Nets: Do you think any other arena is going to get as loud and angry as the Air Canada Centre, when Prince Carter steps on the floor? The city (Toronto) is in a frenzy.

    Bill Simmons: (3:23 PM ET ) Never. In NBA history, it will have only been topped once: Game 6 of the 86 Finals, the game after Sampson attacked Jerry Sichting and the Garden crowd unleashed about as much hatred as 15,000 fans could unleash in the following game (by the way, he had deer in the headlights and finished something like 2 for 15). People of Toronto, I urge you - don't let up. The guy screwed you over. Don't let him beat you in the playoffs. You can singlehandedly affect the outcome of this series - you can break him, he's not a tough player. You are doing this for every fan base who ever got screwed over by a star athlete who went somewhere else and decided to start giving a crap again. That's your mission, now come through for us.
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    awesome, gonna be a busy weekend with the hockey playoffs and nba kicking off....and let's not forget the race....:yes:






    oh yea GO MAVS!!!!!!! :tup: :icon_tease:
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    Raptors:tdown:

    Mavs:tdown:

    Spurs:tup:
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    Mitchell will be named Coach of the Year :abq2:
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    are you sure of that.......:icon_tease:
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    Ever since the playoffs started and the spotlight was on him he started putting a toothpick in his mouth during practice this guy is hilarious :icon_rofl:

    Raptors' Mitchell named NBA Coach of the Year
    April 24, 2007

    NEW YORK (TICKER) -- Sam Mitchell guided the Toronto Raptors to their first division title. Now he's the first coach in franchise history to win the Red Auerbach Trophy.

    Mitchell was named the NBA Coach of the Year on Tuesday, beating Jerry Sloan of the Utah Jazz by a healthy margin.
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    LADAINIAN IS AT THE RAPTORS GAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    hahahaha, got a little excited there didn't you....:lol: :tup:
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    New Jersey can KMA series tied at 1
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    they can.....:icon_eek:









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    Who are the Raptors? Is that some minor league hockey team or something MTL?
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    Not sure but your boy ladainian was smiling ear to ear every time they made a big bucket :abq2:
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    it's a bowling team...:yes:















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    Justin Timberlake is a closet raptors fan as well who just came out. LT was presented with a Raptors jersey. Raptors fever do you have it? Raptors fans are louder than any other team's fans.
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    Check this out

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    awesome.......but I still don't feel it.........:icon_tease: Go Mavs!!
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    I played hoops with Steve Nash back when he was a nobody on the Mavs, hanest. But it was only for 4 minutes.
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    Bosh said "Get that sh*t out of here"!
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    "The Toronto Raptors are finally getting some revenge. The red-headed stepchild of Canadian sports, formerly known as the “Craptors,” have emerged from the darkest period in team history and are headed for the franchise's first division title. But if you go online you might think the Raptors were already a basketball dynasty.

    Leaguewide, Toronto fans have earned a nasty reputation for savagely defending their team online, even when the Raptors couldn’t defend for themselves on the court. The official team website (www.raptors.com) is the second most popular in the NBA receiving 80 per cent more page views than the league average. There are more websites and blogs devoted to the Dinos than any other franchise and local podcasters have been celebrated in the New York Times and Sports Illustrated. Through the power of online balloting, fans recently flexed their muscle by voting star forward Chris Bosh onto the Eastern Conference all-star team.

    “[The Raptors] have the most rabid fans of anyone in the league,” wrote sportswriter Bill Simmons of ESPN.com in a recent column. “There are more of them than you’d ever think, they take every slight personally, and they’ll absolutely keep sending emails to people like me until their team is given the credit they deserve.”

    Until recently the franchise didn’t deserve much credit. They’d suffered four losing seasons in a row, disgraced superstar Vince Carter had given up on the team and fled town. Rock bottom came late last season when they had the dubious honour of surrendering 81-points to basketball villain Kobe Bryant.

    In the face of such humiliation and shattered expectations, the team’s dwindling fan base regrouped and fled underground – to the blogosphere – where they could cheer for and talk about their team without anyone knowing their secret shame: they like the Raptors.

    Toronto Star basketball beat writer Doug Smith equates this phenomenon to group therapy. “It’s a place where like-minded fans can vent; whether they’re venting about the right things doesn’t really matter,” he says.

    Chuck Swirsky, play-by-play announcer for the Raptors, daily blogger and voice of the franchise, bears the brunt of this cyber-venting every single game. “I probably get 70, maybe even closer to 100 e-mails from fans during the actual game,” he says. “Fans ask questions like, ‘Why isn’t Chris Bosh in the game?’ and ‘Why aren’t we playing zone defense?’ I’ve worked in Chicago, I’ve been in Detroit and I don’t think I’ve ever been around a fan base that is so crazy."

    Demographics have a lot to do with this online fervor. “It’s a younger audience that follows basketball,” Smith says. “They are Internet savvy and much more able to get information and share thoughts online than many hockey or baseball fans.”

    There is also something fundamentally Canadian about Raptors fans: the inferiority complex. The team is largely ignored by the U.S. media and here at home, where hockey is gospel, the Raptors are openly disdained by puck-headed hockey Brahmins like the Toronto Sun's Al Strachan, who once called for the liquidation of the franchise to free-up resources for Hogtown's fortunate son, the Maple Leafs.

    Geography is another important factor. With fans spread from Port McNeill, B.C. to Gander, Newfoundland and six players on the team’s 15-man roster having played internationally, both Smith and Swirsky get countless e-mails from fans in places like Italy and Spain, Yellowknife and Israel.

    Adam Francis and Dave Randell began cheering electronically three years ago when the team was at it’s lowest. They launched Raptors HQ (www.hooplife.ca/raptorshq), a sober and sophisticated website with daily updates, game previews and analysis. It’s one of at least seven frequently updated Raptors fan sites on the web, more than any other NBA team.

    “It’s a lot more fun to talk about a team that’s bad,” Randell says. “There is more speculation, you’re desperate, grasping for something, anything, that could make the team better.” With 10,000 daily hits from around the world there seems to be a lot of desperate fans out there.

    In a gesture to the international flavour of the club Raptors HQ posted an entire entry in Spanish, catering to fans of the team’s two Spanish stars, Jose Calderon and Jorge Garbajosa. “We’re not trying to be the voice of the Raptors, but rather the voice of the fans of the Raptors – in any language. It’s a voice that wasn’t that loud when we started. But it’s loud now,” Francis adds.

    It’s also a voice that is about to get louder. As the Raps charge into the playoffs it’s clear that general manager Bryan Colangelo has molded the once-moribund franchise into a real contender and a team with the potential to be very good for very long.

    But if you don’t see a lot of Raptors fans on the street, it’s because they’re hunched over their keyboards hounding guys like Bill Simmons to recognize the club. “Stop emailing me. I like your team,” Simmons wrote. “I was wrong. OK? I was wrong! LEAVE ME ALONE…!” However, the true test of the fans’ online power still lies ahead. Stephen Colbert of The Colbert Report recently announced the Raptors were “dead to him” for some perceived slight or another. Will fans return the scorn? Bloggers, you know what to do."
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    HOW...WHERE... WHY...:icon_shrug:
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    Basketball camp. He came along with Jay Triano (who is now a Raptors assistant coach) and Todd McCullough as they were playing a team canada exhibition game against Brazil and Nash actually blew the game winning shot! I have seen him really develop over the years and it has nothing to do with talent but with hard work. I had been trained/conditioned by team canada members, harlem globetrotters and a former NFL o-lineman who almost OD'd and now spends his time telling kids to stay off drugs or he'll eat them whole.
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    awesome...I'm impressed.......how much for your autograph....:yes:







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    If we had the porno player Jorge Garbajosa healthy, the series would be 3-1 raptors going into this game. Anyway this team is young and you can see how amazing they will be in the next couple of years as the young guys mature.

    That said... anything is possible with the series. If the Raptors hold on then go into New Jersery and win game 6, they can pull it off at the ACC in game 7. They gain superpowers when they play at home :abq2:
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    Bargnani 4-4 FG 2-2 3PT 3-3 FT after one quarter
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    Fuc the nets jason kidd is a neo-nazi child molester
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    MTL you can always root for the Warriors. :abq2: :abq1:
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    If the Raptors hold on to their 12 point lead and win this one I will actually watch the Warriors game and root for them. If the Raptors lose I say 'fuc the NBA' until early October

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