Toronto Raptors fans organize a petition to stop free pizza promotions
Old 04-23-2014, 01:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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At some point last week, an account titled “#StopThePizza” started following me on Twitter, and though I don’t block all that many non-spam accounts, I felt like swiftly blocking the minds behind that title almost out of principle. Stop the pizza? What kind of godless, heathen monster would want to suggest such a thing?

It turns out the account isn’t really devoted to stopping the creation and consumption of the Greatest Food Ever full stop, in actuality the account was designed to encourage the Toronto Raptors to dump a campaign that gifts fans a small personal sized pizza from a local chain to ticket holding fans should the home team top 100 points in a win. The promotion has been around for years, as have similar NBA promotions throughout several of its home arenas, but the exercise often encourages ill will from fans to players that the players absolutely do not deserve.

Especially if the players commit the pizza-killing crime of scoring less than 100 points, which some vocal lame-brain fans often prefer to a win. From the organization’s petition, pitched in order to stop the embarrassment:

class="MsoNormal">The Toronto Raptors are Canada's team. They deserve respect and admiration when they win games, regardless of how many points they score. Booing a winning team on their home court is unacceptable.

Without caveat or excuse, it is unacceptable. And there’s a reason why the “boo” works so expertly, it’s because a few stray instances of booing can nearly overwhelm a 20,000-strong crowd that otherwise is heartily cheering or somewhat silently supporting the team that has worked to a winning end in front of them. Boos make noise, and they stand out. And while the paying customer is well within his or her right to boo a team that is underperforming in relation to reasonable expectations, there is absolutely no reason for a patron (who likely paid a huge chunk of change for their ticket) to complain about missing out on a small bit of free fast food.

Even if pizza is, as we all know, the best.

If this comes off as hand-wringing, good. This situation isn’t exactly ubiquitous, it’s not an epidemic, but Toronto’s situation is not unique. Some Chicago fans have infamously booed a roster that over the years as acted as the NBA’s Great Plucky Overachiever when the Bulls (who have been a miserable offensive team for most years dating back to the 1990s) failed to hit 100 points in a win, securing the punters a free fast food cheeseburger. Former Philadelphia 76ers coach Doug Collins once offered to buy the entire Philly crowd a round of burgers if they would just find a way to pipe down and not boo his players for rubbing things in and shooting for the century mark, and subsequent free food.
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Old 04-23-2014, 02:23 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Absolutely. Change it to pizza for winning at home, or scrap the whole idea.
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This is from over a month ago.
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The promotion isn't the problem,it's the idiots who boo the Raptors when they don't score 100........and maybe the Pizza itself lol(Pizza Hut>>>>).
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Old 04-23-2014, 04:49 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I was at the game yesterday and the announcer said if we won we get pizza regardless of the score.
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The promotion isn't the problem,it's the idiots who boo the Raptors when they don't score 100........and maybe the Pizza itself lol(Pizza Hut>>>>).
Pizza Hut is disgusting. Pizza Nova is pretty good. Better than the Hut or Pizza Pizza.
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I was at the game yesterday and the announcer said if we won we get pizza regardless of the score.
I too was at the game and I liked how it was free pizza for the win regardless of the score. That is the way it should be.

I fear though that they just set it that way because it was a playoff game and they just wanted to "give back" to the fans that showed up. Also, in a playoff game that is supposed to be more defensive they probably assumed that 100 points is less possible so they changed the stipulation. I can see them going back to the usual stipulations when its the regular season.
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I too was at the game and I liked how it was free pizza for the win regardless of the score. That is the way it should be.

I fear though that they just set it that way because it was a playoff game and they just wanted to "give back" to the fans that showed up. Also, in a playoff game that is supposed to be more defensive they probably assumed that 100 points is less possible so they changed the stipulation. I can see them going back to the usual stipulations when its the regular season.
yeah cause it'd be too costly for pizza pizza. If they did that this season, they'd have to give out pizza 48 times....
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yeah cause it'd be too costly for pizza pizza. If they did that this season, they'd have to give out pizza 48 times....
48 home wins, huh? Nice job there.
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The promotion isn't the problem,it's the idiots who boo the Raptors when they don't score 100........and maybe the Pizza itself lol(Pizza Hut>>>>).
You can never fix the idiots - so you aim to fix the promotion instead...
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You can never fix the idiots - so you aim to fix the promotion instead...
True,maybe every Raptors win by double digits ? Fans will probably still boo lol.

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Pizza Hut is disgusting. Pizza Nova is pretty good. Better than the Hut or Pizza Pizza.
Pizza Hut not one of your faves?? Understandable...Pizza Hut disgusting?? OK,now you've completely lost it LGR!! jk,to each their own. I think Dominoes and Pizzaville are down there with Pizza Pizza. Pizza Nova is good,I like Pizzaiola and Sbarro too. Papa John's is popular in the US but i didn't like it anymore than Pizza Pizza tbh....ah well,it's just preference at the end of the day.
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