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Thursday, August 24, 2006

ESPN - Eat It

When Chris Bosh was asked if he'd be at the World Games knowing he was a benchwarmer would he, his answer was less than dishonest.

"I can't say that I would, but I don't think anyone would have told me that."

That sounds like a good old fashioned up your bumb with a rubber thumb to that reporter. The right answer of course is the b.s. crapola 'it's a team game, and i'm just ready to go whenever they call me'. That's the answer Wade gave for Bosh.

I love Bosh. I think he can contribute no doubt. But my question is, with that attitude does the U.S. have anyone with the ballons to go talk to Bosh and say 'listen man, enough of that crap. talk like that when this thing is over'. This team needs leadership and a one for all for one attitude. Guys need to cheerlead and that is not cheerleading. He ain't just 'happy to be there'. Hunger is good. But selfishness kills.

For one unshining moment we saw Bosh being honest...a little too honest.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Colangelo - Mr Everybody?

Is Bryan Colangelo filling the void left by Matt Bonner? Not bloody likely, with those crisper than crips shirts and not red hair. But, he is agreeing to answer a bunch of questions posted by yahoo's like myself on EBS, a cool forum style site that has extremely friendly folks running it.

Once he answers those questions, sweet mamma I'll have something to write about in Raptors land again. Until then, enjoy your NFL fantasy drafts and burning questions like 'is Palmer okay? is he knee good? he's still here at the start of the 4th round...i'm sure his knee is fine."

Check out the EBS site

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

The 2006 Schedule

You know hoops news is running dry when the schedule is the talk of the town. Well the schedule sucks. These Raps don't need a punishing road schedule all the way up till new Years (half of our entire road games in the first two months) and then "5 games at home to end the year". We're bound to have a tough time gelling off the get go, like any new ensemble and getting humped on the road is a tough way to start it out.

We aren't looking at a 1-15 start b/c we'll stay close and Bosh won't let it happen. That said I'm not pleased and nor should you be. On the positive side if you figure we would be losing games home or away, because of the gel factor then maybe this is a good thing. By the time we've got it together we can get on a run win those 5 last home games and take that momentum into the playoffs! In one short paragraph I'm all of a sudden coming around to this new 'starting slow' on the road.

Now that we've got a new team what do we do with the old guys when they come to town? We know that Vince has a lifetime boo award as does T-Mac. Unfortunately T-Mac loves the boos and routinely demolishes us....but we do it anyways because Spite is a powerful ally.

The Return of the Raps: BOO or CHEER?

Charlie V (Nov 3rd) : Cheer
Chucky V played out of position and way out of expectation last year. And then Colangelo decided he was at his peak and it was time to move him. Charlie V gave us more than we could have asked for and deserves a little cheering action for the solid year.

Matt Bonner (Nov 5th): Standing O
San Antonio teamates will wonder how we let this guy go, and what we know that they don't. What we know is that the Red Rocket is a Toronto legend, from the first reports that he drove a beater and walked to work. The ACC will go wild when Bonner comes in the game and Bonner will once again be sad for a moment he is gone (Single Tear)...and then he'll remember he has a shot at the title.

Araujo (Nov 20th): One last about a sarcastic cheer?
How many times have I booed / heckled this guy? Even I got tired of it. He warmed up like a beast but played like a panicked pansy. Had he been drafted 25th, nobody would have really cared. But he wasn't. So this is your last chance to boo the man....but let's just be happy he's gone and the Humpty Dance (Chris Humphries) is in. I propose that if he does get into the game we apply the 'sarcastic cheer' because we are clearly ecstatic that he is gone.
note: Toronto likes to boo better than Sarcastic cheer but I think we have it in us!