RR member tbihis asks with 7 losses in 8 games, 6 straight, is there a change brewing in the horizon? Should…… Jose start? Jack play 4th quarters? Weems start? Amir start? I dont know if now is the time to push the panic button and tinker the depth chart, if not, how many more games… Read more »
It’s already reaching the point where you look at the losses piling up, and they start resembling shiny, gleaming lottery balls. Yes, the Raptors level of play against some of the tougher teams in the Western Conference may have given reason to think this game was for the taking, but in light of last night’s performance, it’s possible that those teams took the Raptors lightly and played down to their level.
We’ve noticed more playing time for Julian Wright as of late, which seems to have pleased some of our fans. RR member grindhouse asks the question on whether or not he should be considered as a starter. As per some of his observations, Julian appears to be making all the right decisions when on the… Read more »
If defensive-ball is your thing, then this game was must-see TV. It fittingly ended with Stephen Jackson making a defensive play on Andrea Bargnani after Jay Triano’s poorly constructed “play” was easily countered by a Charlotte defense that appeared more amused than anything.
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"