Raptors caught Olympic fever
Old 03-02-2010, 12:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Jose Calderon gets on the team bus and comments what an exciting game it was as the Raptors headed for the arena in Oklahoma at the end of the second period.

Yes, it was a very good timing on the call of departure time by team travel secretary and equipment manager Kevin DiPietro.

More evidence that all of North America was hypnotized by the gold medal tilt:

We arrive at the arena and every police officer in the building is in the front hall as the Raptors walk into the joint. Why? Thatís where the TV is and they were glued to the game.

* In walking to the locker room from the bus, Andrea Bargnani asks Jim LaBumbard, a duel citizen of both Canada and the U.S., if the game will be on in the locker room.

* The U.S. scores a goal in the dying seconds of the third period after pulling their goalie in favour of an extra attacker. I didnít see it, but I knew it happened since I had just finished my interview with Kevin Durant and seconds later there is a loud cheer in the arena.

* Hedo Turkoglu is pulling the leg of the Canadians in the locker room during the overtime chanting "U-S-A, U-S-A," while looking like a kid singing the chorus of YMCA by making a "U" with bent arms in the air, an "S" by doing a bicep flex with one arm above the waist and the other below the waist and, an "A" by placing his arms over his head as if they were the roof of a house.

* Raptors assistant general manager, Canadian Marc Eversley, runs out of a courtside lounge when Sidney Crosby scores the winning goal as if he just made a game-winning, buzzer-beater running off the court, leaving my broadcast partner Eric Smith to apologize to the Americans.

* And finally, Jay Trianoís pre-game media availability is delayed until after the hockey game ends and the first question asked by a local reporter is about the hockey game and not basketball.

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Oh yeah, there was all kinds of interest among the Raptors in the big pucks game of Sunday afternoon.

Some good natured trash-talking, too.

Let’s see, in the locker room when I was there during the overtime, Turk was paying pretty close attention (and jokingly mocking the Canadians), Patrick O’Bryant was paying rapt attention and Andrea was checking out the game when he came back in from warming up.

And Antoine Wright knew how big it was in our country compared to his. He said if the Americans won, they’d get on a Wheaties box and be forgotten in a week; in Canada, those guys are now national heroes and jerseys will be jumping off the shelves. Pretty good observation.

Toss in all the support staff watching and cheering and the coaches checking out the OT in the office (none of us cared that Jay was 15 or 20 minutes late for his pre-game media thingy, there were other ways to occupy our time) and it was pretty cool, actually.
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