- Mar 17, 2004
I almost wholeheartedly agree. Except for the first sentence. The link Tony C provides below says it best. Check out the video with crowd reactions from Jurassic Park. And the interesting comparison of how the Warriors fans had no reaction when Toronto’s Jonas Valanciunas was injured earlier this year in Oakland. Or the picture of Serge Ibaka urging his home crowd to show respect for Durant. When sports fandom becomes dehumanizing towards the opponents, sports loses. Toronto can choke on it after that display.Probably you.
I am not a Raps fan, but the idea Toronto is not a basketball city, with knowledgeable fans like any other NBA city is nonsense. People should look how many NBA players come out of 3-4 million people that live closest to them and compare it to Toronto. I despise the Leafs, and reject the idea I need to be a Patriot and cheer for Canadian based teams, but I can't ignore how much of a basketball city Toronto really is. Is some ways the Raps and Leafs are a battle of the new young Canada vs the old traditions. Basketball is growing far faster than hockey, and as a truly international sport appeals more to the vast immigrant population of Toronto and Canada. The fact Don Cherry and his ilk are annoyed at basketball taking center stage, has made me go from wanting the Warriors to lose to actually hoping the Raptors win. A win for the Raptors is in many ways defeat for the Leafs. I really want to see a black American kid like Kawhi embraced as a hero in Canada, the way Canadians like Orr, Esposito, Borque, Bergereon, Marchand are in Boston.