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    Default SVG disses Raptor's fans pizza promotion

    http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nba-ba...181042887.html

    "I mean, everybody's on their feet, standing ovation and the whole thing and then a guy in the crowd next to me sitting baseline said everybody gets a free pizza, so I guess that was exciting," Van Gundy said. "That was the loudest the crowd was all night. They were into that. That was a big basket by Ed Davis. They're going to put that on the highlight film at the end of the year. I was like, 'Wow, what happened, I thought they had like an 18-point play and tied the game or something."


    At that point, Van Gundy was informed the fans did not get an entire pizza; just a slice.

    "Really? We got a standing ovation for a slice? They told me they got a free pizza. A slice? A slice you have to sit in your seat and clap; you can't stand up on a slice, that's bad etiquette."
    Hard to argue against his assessment, they really should have scrapped the promotion a long time ago or changed it for a better use like some other teams:

    Some teams do it right. The Chicago Bulls smartly amended their promotion by making it so that the Bulls had to score 100 points and win in order for their fans to get a sandwich. The Los Angeles Lakers base their promotions on holding teams under 100 points. The teams, by and large, have done their job.
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    Let's put this in perspective. Some of these ticket stubs are collected at the end of games and donated to local homeless people so they can get a a hot meal. Who gives a crap how they get it. The raptos should do more to collect up the tickets.

    Who cares what Van Gundy thinks.

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    Im a complete sucker for a great defensive performance. I would love to see the raps go to a " keep your opponent under 100 points" reward system, and i really like the charity aspect of it. Wasnt aware that was happening.

    If youre gonna change the "culture" so to speak, lets change the whole thing.

    Not that it would probably effect the players much directly, but think of how much the crowd would go nuts when the opponent is creeping back in towards that 100 point mark, and we get a big stop? tell me that the players arent gonna get fired up on the defensive end.

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    ^
    Agreed. Getting it via a Raptors defensive performance makes much more sense synergy wise for the team's philosophy.

    Gotta say though, while I was amused by SVG's comments and the event in general, at least the fans (and others, as Katman pointed out) got something out of a completely botched game. Can not blame them at all.

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    I don't really care about this but it is bad form to have the fans going nuts when the team is down by 20. I have always wondered why they just don't do it every time Toronto wins. That makes way more sense. I also like the Bulls and Lakers ideas. Though, given that Casey is the coach, Pizza Pizza may not like the <100 points plan...

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    I can see the flaw in the promotion. This is an old idea built around an old system focused on scoring and not on playing the two way game. I like the Lakers promotion where if they hold the other team to under 100 point the fans then get something free. Although with Casey at the helm they better make it 95 or 90... We don't want to see anybody go out of business, do we?

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    Didn't they alter the promotion during the Kevin O'Neil era?
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    SVG is awesome, I love that he said something. It gets a bit much some times. You here fans booing on missed shots because they don't get the free pizza. It should be changed. I do like the defensive idea.

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    The other thing to keep in mind is that most of the cheers were probably sarcastic cheers.
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    Quote Nilanka wrote: View Post
    Didn't they alter the promotion during the Kevin O'Neil era?
    That was like 3/4 of a season. I can only remember diet coke and the best "George is getting angry" impersonation I've ever seen.

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    We need to switch it to the way Lakers do it, keeping teams under 100 pts = fans get pizza.

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    I never understood that promotion of getting a free slice after scoring 100 points. They might as well make it really retarded and award a free slice to the fans if a Raptor fouls out of the game - or for that matter give a free pizza to everyone if someone gets ejected. After all isn't Toronto mainly a hockey town?

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    It really makes Toronto fans look stupid too. It's like owners are saying, "We know your team sucks, but here's the silver lining..."

    And I don't think free pizza slices is gonna cure homelessness.
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    every word well deserved.

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    Quote Katman wrote: View Post
    Let's put this in perspective. Some of these ticket stubs are collected at the end of games and donated to local homeless people so they can get a a hot meal. Who gives a crap how they get it. The raptos should do more to collect up the tickets.

    Who cares what Van Gundy thinks.
    I initially was against the pizza promo until i read this post, and it puts the promo in perspective in this angle.

    I totally agree. Ive been to games when they scored a hundred and i dont think ive ever cashed in the stub. I really wanted to, but just forgot or didnt have the time to head over to pizza pizza. next time im at a game and this happens i will just donate the stub.

    But honestly, i think people just cheer for pizza just because Toronto fans are wild and crazy. People probably could care less about the pizza, they just want something to cheer for.

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    I think at the end of the day, its just a promo. doesnt matter if they shell out pizza when the Raps limit the opponent to less than 100 pts or making 100 pts themselves. the players/team could care less. but if a player sees the board at 98 and wants to make a basket to give the fans pizza then why not? even if theyre down 50 or up 50, who cares. i think its a nice gesture to the fans. and i support this more now because of what katman said. and yes, it doesnt cure homelessness, but every little bit helps.

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    They can show fan appreciation AND avoid league-wide embarrassment by simply restricting the promotion to Raptor wins.

    Hopefully wins (and free pizza) will be much more prevalent starting next season....
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    I really don't think the promotion was the point of his comments at all. I think it was more of a comment on the Toronto fans who disappear during the game it things aren't going well for the team only to reappear for a pizza promotion. Debate the promotion all you like, but it's the fans who should support their team win or lose that he was commenting on. Imagine the ACC with that kind of noise throughout the game, what kind of lift would that give to the players. Just a thought.

    And yes I know that you have paid for your ticket and have every right to boo or not cheer or whatever. But if you really want to be part of a culture change........

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    Quote CT2010 wrote: View Post
    I really don't think the promotion was the point of his comments at all. I think it was more of a comment on the Toronto fans who disappear during the game it things aren't going well for the team only to reappear for a pizza promotion. Debate the promotion all you like, but it's the fans who should support their team win or lose that he was commenting on. Imagine the ACC with that kind of noise throughout the game, what kind of lift would that give to the players. Just a thought.

    And yes I know that you have paid for your ticket and have every right to boo or not cheer or whatever. But if you really want to be part of a culture change........
    I agree in theory, but it's extremely hard to be genuinely excited about a regular season game in a lost season.

    We've seen how loud the ACC can be when meaningful games are being played. It's only a matter of time until we're back there again.
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    Quote Nilanka wrote: View Post
    They can show fan appreciation AND avoid league-wide embarrassment by simply restricting the promotion to Raptor wins.

    Hopefully wins (and free pizza) will be much more prevalent starting next season....
    I agree with this. Its good for the fans, and image of the team.

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