The City is loving the Raptors
Old 05-12-2014, 09:46 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have been an NBA fan since high school. (70's)

When the Raptors came here in '95 , I had all the shirts , jackets and whatever. I always wore something Raptors during a game day.

Here I am at the FIRST Raptors introduction luncheon with Brendan Malone.



Here I am teaching in 1997 with my Camby jersey on.



An interesting thing use to happen around 98-2000 ish. I'd have my Raptor jacket on and go shopping. The security guards ALWAYS followed me around the stores. Back then, only homeless and thieves wore Raptors stuff. I would turn around and scream "I'm a Raptor fan, not a crook! You can stop following me!"

Anyways. To present day.

I was buying beer. I had a Raptor shirt on and a red Raptor hoodie. A big gruff dude buying beer grumbles out. "Really cool jacket bro". I was stunned.

And then out in the parking lot I saw an older women looking at my car. I looked at her and she said. "That's an awesome license plate" (I have my nic name and Raptors logo on it)

So there you have it. The city has embraced the Raptors. I am witness.
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Old 05-12-2014, 09:49 AM   #2 (permalink)
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History in the making. Well done raps, and this city.

We really should all be thankful for Vince. Yeah he was a shithead. But without him who knows where interest in ball would be for this city right now.
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The last 6 months or so I have never seen more Raptors hats/shirts/hoodies etc.... I've seen a lot of those gold and black OVO shirts lately too.
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The last 6 months or so I have never seen more Raptors hats/shirts/hoodies etc.... I've seen a lot of those gold and black OVO shirts lately too.

I have seen that as well. I think they wear it more so for the OVO label unfortunately. But, hey who cares if that's the case. More fans is never a bad thing especially when we are winning, even if most of them are bandwagoners.
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Oh man, the day of game 7 around the morning while I was out, I rocked my Raptors/OVO sweater (and that's my second Raptor gear I own to my home Calderon jersey which I don't like to wear because I generally dislike wearing basketball jerseys but I'm not big on Drake, just prefer the overall design) and just random people here and there who recognized my Raptor gear gave a shoutout and cheered in appreciation... like it was awesome, a family-like feeling, a whole lotta positive vibes. I know for sure I'll be buying some proper Raptor gears before the season start...
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thanks also to our very first celebrity endorser.

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Raptorman, maybe they just thought you were Ben Affleck. You stud, you.

I can't say I've seen it really grow in my time, aside from the bandwagon jumpers trying to strike up Raptors conversation with me. I'm cool with it staying the way it is, more free tickets for me! :P
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Raptorman, maybe they just thought you were Ben Affleck. You stud, you.

I can't say I've seen it really grow in my time, aside from the bandwagon jumpers trying to strike up Raptors conversation with me. I'm cool with it staying the way it is, more free tickets for me! :P
I look more like fat Elvis these days. But thanks.

And about the free tix. As I was saying in another thread. A good friend has Leaf season tix so he has to buy the same Raptor season tix. These are center court lowerbowl. Face value $250ish a seat. All his puckhead friends BEG him for the Leaf tix. He says to "get rid" of the Raptor tix, he has to include a $100 so guys arnt out for parking/food/etc. So he cant even give them away for free.
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I look more like fat Elvis these days. But thanks.

And about the free tix. As I was saying in another thread. A good friend has Leaf season tix so he has to buy the same Raptor season tix. These are center court lowerbowl. Face value $250ish a seat. All his puckhead friends BEG him for the Leaf tix. He says to "get rid" of the Raptor tix, he has to include a $100 so guys arnt out for parking/food/etc. So he cant even give them away for free.
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I look more like fat Elvis these days. But thanks.

And about the free tix. As I was saying in another thread. A good friend has Leaf season tix so he has to buy the same Raptor season tix. These are center court lowerbowl. Face value $250ish a seat. All his puckhead friends BEG him for the Leaf tix. He says to "get rid" of the Raptor tix, he has to include a $100 so guys arnt out for parking/food/etc. So he cant even give them away for free.
Wanna introduce me? Shit he doesn't even have to give the tickets i'll just take the free money
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I look more like fat Elvis these days. But thanks.

And about the free tix. As I was saying in another thread. A good friend has Leaf season tix so he has to buy the same Raptor season tix. These are center court lowerbowl. Face value $250ish a seat. All his puckhead friends BEG him for the Leaf tix. He says to "get rid" of the Raptor tix, he has to include a $100 so guys arnt out for parking/food/etc. So he cant even give them away for free.
They got alot of businesses with this "scam". Friends of mine are they same. Hard for them to give them away usually.
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I look more like fat Elvis these days. But thanks.

And about the free tix. As I was saying in another thread. A good friend has Leaf season tix so he has to buy the same Raptor season tix. These are center court lowerbowl. Face value $250ish a seat. All his puckhead friends BEG him for the Leaf tix. He says to "get rid" of the Raptor tix, he has to include a $100 so guys arnt out for parking/food/etc. So he cant even give them away for free.
Kind of funny because this was brought up on McCowan's show last year when he was talking to some guy from Forbes and McCowan said how this happens, the guy said it isn't as much the case anymore. He made it sound like that was being fazed out. He basically said it wasn't as much a factor as it was 10yrs ago. Could be that he was wrong, he was from Forbes after all.
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Old 05-16-2014, 08:29 AM   #13 (permalink)
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The city isn't loving shit.. they're a bunch of gloryhunters who will only be back if we make thew playoffs next year.. They fill up Nathan Phillips and the ACC to be apart of something..
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The city isn't loving shit.. they're a bunch of gloryhunters who will only be back if we make thew playoffs next year.. They fill up Nathan Phillips and the ACC to be apart of something..
This might end up setting a record for most down voted post in rf history. The old record, I think, was -46.
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Old 05-16-2014, 09:38 AM   #15 (permalink)
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The city isn't loving shit.. they're a bunch of gloryhunters who will only be back if we make thew playoffs next year.. They fill up Nathan Phillips and the ACC to be apart of something..
thanks for your input negative nyall!
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This might end up setting a record for most down voted post in rf history. The old record, I think, was -46.
What was that -46 post for? I remember the -46 but not the poster or the topic.
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I don't think Nyall is totally wrong, though. You really think we'll see the same vibe next year if the team doesn't make the playoffs. Come on.
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