OK guys and gals, tomorrow night we take on the other team which all of the NBA have already written off in the Cavaliers. But based on their performance the other night versus Beantown, this isn’t going to be a cake walk for the Raptors. Antawn is coming off the bench and apparently isn’t happy…. Read more »
So Bosh told reporters recently that it was his desire of being on national television that fueled his decision to want to play south of the border. He said and I quote, “Really, it’s all about being on TV at the end of the day,” Bosh said. “Seriously. A guy can average 20 (points) and… Read more »
So, one game down and eventhough the effort was there, we unfortunately fell short. Something that I think most Raptors fans will have to learn to accept this season. That being said, based on the first 9 games (including the 8 preseason ones) have your opinions on how the Raptors will do this season changed?… Read more »
Chalking up 25 wins is going to be hard but if it’s possible, it’ll only happen if the Raptors figure out how to beat the “bad” teams. The Knicks aren’t world-beaters, and as visitors to the ACC last night they were an opponent ripe enough for the Raptors to devour with a great crowd behind them.
i think about this topic alot... a few other effective/efficient ways to create a more soccer-like atmosphere in the arena:
-Use the jumbotron: all euro soccer fan groups have a leader to shout out instructions/songs etc.. the jumbotron could be used in the same way at the acc - for example: if a player gets hot his name can flash up on the screen (kind of like they have now with "D-Fence!"), "everybody jump" to get everyone in the arena to jump (looks great), flash up longer chants than just few syllables - some euro supporter group chants are full songs
-Eliminate the music: please please please stop with the music during play... it adds absolutely nothing and creates a Disney-like mood which is an atmosphere killer... possibly just leave the drum to serve as rhythm for chants
-Eliminate the circus surrounding the game: mascots, cheerleaders, stupid games during time outs... this is absolutely unnecessary... you are watching the best basketball players in the world, appreciate it! there is no need for anything else there to entertain you... focus on the basketball game
-More flags, especially like the big "We The North" one we had in the playoffs... should have those large flags for every big game and with different things drawn/written on them (not just "We The North")
-Banners - encourage fans to bring banners and hang them from the upper bowl terrace... it would look amazing if the entire upper bowl was covered in flags/banners... the banners can also indicate different parts of toronto/ontario that different fans come from
Just a few things off the top of my head, but i think these can be easily implemented and would significantly improve the atmosphere in the arena
For anyone that wants to see a good basketball atmosphere, youtube "partizan basketball fans" or "red star basketball fans"