Sportnet.ca just recently did a piece asking if this current Raptors team is the best ever. Arguably Vince Carter’s 2000-01 team who finished with a franchise best 47 wins is still considered the best to most. Does this current squad rival that one?
Inspired by the most recent MVP rankings on NBA.com which suggests that Raps are “under the radar”, would you consider the Raptors to be perhaps the most underestimated team in the league at the moment?
*quote* No disrespect to the Raptors, but they may be the worst No. 3 seed I’ve seen since I started covering the NBA. What they are accomplishing is commendable, but Toronto being so high in the standings is very much a reflection of the sorry state of the Eastern Conference. *end quote* True or false?
Most have already commented that the only way the Raptors make the ECF would be if Indy or Miami suffer significant injuries to their star players, but lots of other interesting responses being discussed as well. Check it out.
I wish I was as smooth when it comes to recruiting like the “Big Cheese” Tim Leiweke is. Let’s hope he pulls out similar tricks to his trade like he did when he went after Jermain Defoe for the TFC recently. Extremely impressive!
A couple bad losses last week to teams we should of beaten. To some fans its just a couple off nights, but to many others it continues to make them skeptical of this team at the moment. So, what are your thoughts of our current state?
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"