Sunday, August 27

Weird Suggestion From An Old Hockey Writer

The Aug 25th column of Toronto Sun's hockey writer Al Strachan provided an interesting topic in an otherwise quiet Raptorland . In his column the man the Raptor Nation now called Weirder Al suggested that the Maple Leaf Sports And Entertainment (MLSE) , the owner of both the Maple Leaf hockey and Raptors franchises , kills the basketball franchise to boost the Leafs. ! He said ' to dump that money losing operation known as the Raptors to lower the hockey ticket price by 10% '. How Weirder Al arrived at that conclusion puzzles me in as much as MLSE is a private company and such no financial records are available . He further added that ' the building is half empty when the Raptors team play and no one outside Toronto cares about the Raptors . Again , Weirder Al ignores the fact that the only NBA team outside the US is no.11 in NBA attendance at 17,000 people per game .

Basketball fans in Canada always get this occasional ' basketball bashing ' . One time a popular Canadian writer put the number of Raptors fans at 20,000 or something as if they are minimal and they don't matter . This was at the height of the team's popularity when the Vince Carter led Raptors battled the 76ers to a 7 game playoff . These old hockey writers cannot accept anything besides their Maple Leafs . They seem to live in a time warp when there is nothing on TV , radio and sports talk show but hockey .Well , I've got news for these dinosaurs. Basketball is now as popular as hockey amongst the Canadian youth of today . That's the demographic that the advertisers cater to . Al 'Sipowich' Strachan should stick to hockey related topics in his writings .

Naismith : Al , it's now year 2006 .
NYPD Blues is off the air ! Wake up


Blogger dog hunter said...

Who listens to those hockey writers anyway . They want all radio air time to be devoted to hockey ! WTF .

6:28 PM  
Blogger Lil Dice said...

Myself included, I know more than a few people outside of Canada who are pretty excited to see what happens with the Raptors over the next couple seasons.

9:29 PM  
Blogger john said...

It's just frustration because the Leafs team has not won the Stanley Cup for so many years !

10:58 PM  
Blogger Foto Man said...

Sipowich is talking nonsense .Every NBA team gets a share of the TV money which is close to $ 8oo thou . The NHL
don't have this !

8:58 AM  
Blogger Lee Ann said...

I agree, he should stick to hockey!
Have a great week Coach!

10:38 PM  
Blogger Lee Ann said...

Hey Coach!
Hope you have a great weekend.

11:23 AM  
Blogger Greg said...

FYI - Al Strak is known as an idiot in the hockey world also!

However he does speak one truth, the Leafs will always be King in Toronto. Even the Blue Jays and Argos have struggled with this.

When the days get shorter and you can see your breath, it is Leaf time.


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