Bosh: Saying TO is a hockey town is getting a little old.
Old 02-11-2010, 09:43 AM   #1 (permalink)
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It is a hockey town, but they know what basketball is. They cheer when the ball goes in, and when we win they cheer even more. It's a pretty simple game. People follow basketball all over the world. So for people who say its a hockey town, its getting a little old
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Old 02-11-2010, 09:44 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Sixers fans should be embarrased with how poorly they support their team.

Same with the people of Indianapolis, Memphis, Charlotte, etc.

Lots of those places are supposed to be basketball hotbeds - yet the Raptors from the great white north seem a better supported team. Crazy!!
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Ya Basketball fans hate this too chris.

We hate waiting for NBA and NCAA scores while Vic Rauter and Tommy Otoole are analyzing the hockey or curling situation.

We hate the fact that kids have to bother their parents thousands of dollars to play hockey while the youth ball program in Toronto is pretty dam good and affordable

we may be tired of it but its true
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To me, this comment is HUGE!

One big knock on Toronto by the US media is "Come on, it's a hockey town, don't you want to be somewhere where basketball is the #1 sport?"

And basically, to me, he just replied to that comment and said "Who cares? It's all good baby".
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still can't sell out the ACC, other than when contenders come
Leafs have sucked for a good time now and are always sold out
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still can't sell out the ACC, other than when contenders come
Leafs have sucked for a good time now and are always sold out
Richard Peddie has admitted this year was the first time the ACC has had some "inventory" left for Leaf games.

Raptors always consistently top half in the NBA in attendance
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still can't sell out the ACC, other than when contenders come
Leafs have sucked for a good time now and are always sold out
Not a lot of teams can sell out their arenas. The fact that the Raptors are in the upper half of attendance in the league says a lot. We're just coming off a recession. People don't have have disposable cash. In the case of the Leafs, those dudes have been selling out since it's inception.
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Not a lot of teams can sell out their arenas. The fact that the Raptors are in the upper half of attendance in the league says a lot. We're just coming off a recession. People don't have have disposable cash. In the case of the Leafs, those dudes have been selling out since it's inception.
YUP.

i look around at the crowds around the league in general when games are on TV and am not at all concerned with the attendance in Toronto.

I forgot to mention Millwuakee in my earlier post. That arena is like a ghost town - and they have a pretty entertaining team IMO.
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Not a lot of teams can sell out their arenas. The fact that the Raptors are in the upper half of attendance in the league says a lot. We're just coming off a recession. People don't have have disposable cash. In the case of the Leafs, those dudes have been selling out since it's inception.
Aren't the Raptors 7th or 8th in attendance? I was watching the news a couple weeks ago and they were running a story about season ticket holders for the leafs were trying to sell they're tickets on some ticket trading/selling website (forget what it's called?) and that scalpers have a harder time now then ever before in selling tickets. Now that was before the big moves but still.

As for the Raptors, they have alot of fans in this city and it shows with their attendance, and considering they're the only team having any kind of success in this city i can't wait for the playoffs. Let's hope they win a round.
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I forgot to mention Millwuakee in my earlier post. That arena is like a ghost town - and they have a pretty entertaining team IMO.
Atlanta is horrible for that too. They have a fantastic team, but whenever you see the highlights, there are vast amounts of empty seats. Even some of the players have complained about it, notably, Joe Johnson.

The Grizz have an exciting young team and they get a little over 13K.
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Sixers fans should be embarrased with how poorly they support their team.

Same with the people of Indianapolis, Memphis, Charlotte, etc.

Lots of those places are supposed to be basketball hotbeds - yet the Raptors from the great white north seem a better supported team. Crazy!!
Ask the Indiana, Marquette and NC, if they are "basketball towns" and the answer will be yes.

They are just not NBA cities
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Well if its any consellation I'd rather watch Marquette and Big EAst ball over the Bucks.

Heck Wade played their for a year and Cuse comes to town. Bring it on
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Toronto is big enough to have 2 major sports franchises during the winter and spring seasons. We are in the top five in population in North America, and the majority of business and wealth in Canada is in the GTA.
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Ask the Indiana, Marquette and NC, if they are "basketball towns" and the answer will be yes.

They are just not NBA cities
Yeah i realize my wording was poor. I just have a hard time understanding why the professional basketball teams of those areas are so poorly supported in apparent basketball country.
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Toronto is, was and always will be a "hockey town"...... but I don't see that label as meaning exclusively a hockey town. If Chris is hoping that someday hoops will be more popular than hockey, I think he's asking for too much.

Dallas is a good example of a place where basketball is certainly not number one, but I doubt you will hear Dirk complaining about it being a "football town".
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Toronto is, was and always will be a "hockey town"...... but I don't see that label as meaning exclusively a hockey town. If Chris is hoping that someday hoops will be more popular than hockey, I think he's asking for too much.

Dallas is a good example of a place where basketball is certainly not number one, but I doubt you will hear Dirk complaining about it being a "football town".
I think you're taking his quote out of context. I read it more as him saying that Toronto is much more than just a hockey town.
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I think you're taking his quote out of context. I read it more as him saying that Toronto is much more than just a hockey town.
or maybe Chris is taking the people who call Toronto a "hockey town" out of context?
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Old 02-11-2010, 10:59 AM   #20 (permalink)
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it doesnt matter if its hockey, basketball, or baseball. we cant really say were a hockey town, cuz our team sucks. we DO have crazy fans tho. thats pretty much T.O is known for, our loyal fans.
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