John Chick from CBC (@roofthatpeach) and RR-cameo artist Atique Virani (@AtweetVirani‎) join the ‘cast and dissect the highs and lows of a week that saw the Raptors conquer the world on Friday and end up giving it all back on Sunday.

There’s the general Jonas Valanciunas talk where we all, for a while, pretend he’s struggling and end up executing a carefully orchestrated group-hug and accept Valanciunas for what he is: the guy we took instead of Andre Drummond! Joking, joking, potential listener. That’s not it, but there’s Drummond v Jonas talk and the unanimous winner by knockout is…ooh, teaser alert.

That’s not all, though, there’s a quest for justice as Stripe is demoted but should he be? After all, ‘The Raptor’ has taken us through reams and reams of crap seasons, whereas Stripe has energized the franchise and set the Raptors on a franchise-high win course. What to do, tough decisions ahead.

We give some light to the @StopPizzaPromo movement and dismiss it as something for some guys to do. There’s even analysis of Leo Rautins which never ends well, except when Syracuse is on and we discover a weird, touchy-feely connection to Syracuse from one of the pod guests.

There’s the usual lookahead where we make fun of the Hawks, Drake, and wonder if Kevin Durant’s musical choice will guide him to Toronto. There’s that and even an investigation on who the mystery man Vince Carter spoke of in his Sportsnet interview (which was a total conspiracy, as we find).

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  • rapierraptor

    To me the whole revamping of Vince’s image thing is all about gearing up for the 20th anniversary season and reflecting back positively on the last 20 seasons of basketball in Toronto. Purple jerseys and smiles.

  • golden

    Stripes has shown the potential to perform at this level even as a rookie, but given Casey’s preference for veterans, it’s obvious that he won’t even see the court now that ‘The Raptor’ is back. That said, I also don’t believe in losing your job to injury and let’s not forget that The Raptor is ‘elite’ at what he does. lol.

  • Bendit

    “Leiweke is big on history and tradition…..”? Lol. I thought he wanted to tnt the Leaf old timer pics off the ACC walls. Nah. He just wants to put lipstick on a pig (Vince) for the 20th anniversary/allstar game festivities. TL is a Barnum disciple.

    • arsenalist

      Kind of agree here. Leiweke is big on MANUFACTURING history and tradition as fast as possible.

  • why

    Basketball existed in Canada before Vince Carter and The Raptors. Do you really think that 6′ 10″ Tristan Thompson wouldn’t have played basketball without the two? or that Cory Joseph or Anthony Bennett would have been hockey players if it wasn’t for Vince and The Raps? Kids like Kevin Pangos and Brady Heslip come from families where at least one of their their parents were basketball players.
    Personally I think the impact of the two is greatly exaggerated – the growth in Canada basetball has way more to do changing demographics of the GTA and Montreal IMO.