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    HAHA ... my online petition just got a boost courtesy of TSN. Put that in your pipe and smoke it Ballswin.

    Although, according the rep from the MLSE it won't matter, I still think its nice to have our voices heard.

    Apparently we struck a nerve here. Talk of changing the Raptors name to the Huskies happened to be the most read story on TSN.ca on the day the suggestion of swapping names was put forth.

    The support was overwhelming, with the vast majority agreeing with the thought that the name change from the Raptors to Huskies was the way to go.

    Within hours Huskie-nation or the 'Dawg-pound' was energized.

    Bram, one of those hard working dudes that you see behind the scenes on SportsCentre every night informed me of a petition that was started...http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/torontohuskies2010/

    A twitter site was created... http://twitter.com/torontohuskies

    Warren, a frustrated Raptors season ticket holder forwarded me a link to this facebook site requesting the Raptors be renamed the Huskies…

    http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gi...4688735&v=wall

    I went to Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment and informed them of what was happening and asked them if they'd consider the name change. Here's what Tom Anselmi, MLSE's Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer had to say on the matter…

    "We're pleased that a lot of our fans like the Huskies third jersey. It's a great traditonal brand that has ties to Toronto's strong basketball roots. That said, there have been no discussions about changing the Raptors name permanently. It has been our name since inception and we know our fans love it and identify with it."

    Fair enough. We can take it for what its worth OR we can let MLSE know its time to make the dinosaur extinct. Make your voice be heard. Sign the petition. Join the facebook group. It all helps. Remember, the Raptors are Canada's only pro hoops team so this encompasses all of Canada. Forward the petition to your friends and make your voices loud.

    The numbers will make them think twice.

    Go Huskies? Yes we can!
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    This whole huskie thing is stupid. Do you really think they didn't think of this already? The reason we aren't the Toronto Huskies is because there is already the minnesota timberwolves.

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    Hey, if there is money to be made they'll do anything including strapping Peddie as the lead dog on the sled...and he'll yap too. Mush.

    So, Doc, come up with a plan on how to cross brand "Huskies" the basketball team with a dogfood and you might get your wish...as well as a new job...marketing director possibly???

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    I agree, Ark23. I don’t get the Huskies thing at all. It was a failed franchise that operated for one year back in the ’40’s ... and I’ve never known of anyone who recalls anything about them at all.

    The name might’ve been cool had the Raptors initially gone with it, but trying to get them to change it now is a waste of time and even a bit silly, imo ... ‘though it seems I’m in a small minority, there.

    As for selling Huskies jerseys at Raptors games ... just a meaningless (and heartless) cash grab by MLSE, as I see it. And I think Raptors fans already do more than their share. (But ... fill your boots if it makes you happy. Lol.)

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    So, Doc, come up with a plan on how to cross brand "Huskies" the basketball team with a dogfood and you might get your wish...as well as a new job...marketing director possibly???
    I was thinking about the dog litter pads. (http://www.ugodog.net/) With interchangeable NBA team logos for you and your dog to urinate on. I think the Celtics and Magic will likely be two of the most popular ones. Once that takes off I'll look at adding specfic players like VC, T-Mac and by next fall Chris Bosh, for fans and their pet dogs to golden shower on.