Wednesday, April 25

Raptors - Must See TV .

It was New Year inside the Air Canada Center last Tuesday as confetti rained down from the roof at the sound of the final buzzer. Game 2 was incredible . Incredibly noisy . It's like you are in Sacramento King's home arena before Ron Artest. Twenty thousand people all hyped up. It's like being in an NCAA basketball game. A Duke vs. North Carolina game. The fans went wild from the moment coach Sam Mitchell was announced the NBA's coach of the year and handed by David Stern the Red Auerbach trophy. It good the Raptors beat the Nets. It would have been a real downer if the Raps lost that night.
TNT was wrong not to cover the Toronto-New Jersey game. Yesterday's game was far more interesting than the 2 blowup games they featured later that day. Oh well. This is not the 1st time the network was wrong in featuring what games will offer nailbiting results. Even their panelists were wrong in picking who will win the match. ' The Nets will win. The Raptors will never beat the Nets ' said Charles Barkley last night before the Bulls-Heat game and at halftime of the Raptors-Nets game. Maybe , the Nets will eventually (?) win the series but Toronto will surely win more important things than this series. New fans .The Raptors won a lot of new fans especially in the period when the beloved Maple Leafs hockey team is out fishing . ' Hey Chuck. I'm a new basketball fan . I enjoyed the game last night. Will you talk about the rules of the game in your show today ? ' asked a caller to Chuck Swirsky Show. I bet a big number of those who showed up at ACC are Maple Leafs fans and/or their kids. As sports followers of the 2 sports will note , in Canada hockey fans are older than basketball fans .Raptors fans belong to the younger generation. Some or should I say , many Leafs fans are not happy about the increasing popularity of basketball. The usurper sports they say. That's why there are non stop debates about the merits or demerits of both sports happening in forums , in schools and between family members. ' The problem with hockey is , it is not made for TV. It's hard to follow the puck even in the age of high def TV '. I said to a friend , a Leaf fanatic. He quickly answered ' The problem with basketball is that you just need to watch the last 2 minutes 'cause that what matters ' . Not with this Raptors team. Every second is must see TV !


Blogger Sam said...

freaking chuck. he takes so many emails/calls about the elementary aspects of basketball/raptors because he can easily avoid putting his flag down in the sand. genius on his part, but makes my blood boil.

12:23 PM  
Blogger john said...

A city as big as Toronto should accomodate at least 3 major sports.I'm surprised hockey still dominates football,Blu Jays baseball and now,Raptors basketball there.Time to change the sports landscape there Raps fans.

12:42 PM  
Blogger Sam said...

hockey is encoded at the genetic level here. much like football/baseball in the states. it will require lots of work, and great achievements to supplant that.

1:59 PM  
Blogger Sam said...

but you are right, this city can/should accomodate many sports.

2:00 PM  
Blogger coach said...

The TV ratings showed 'respectable' nos. but still far from Leafs nos.

Game 1 TSN : 330 thou
Game 2 Score : 220 thou

2:33 PM  
Blogger che said...

Must see TV for the excitement but must be in the ACC for double the excitement.
Some people said game 2 is ugly basketball because of the low scores.I think it's great ball because of the defense!

4:04 PM  
Blogger Sam said...

im not sure the defense was what kept the score down. bad shot selection, some nerves, and the over whelming cheering/jeering from the crowd.

5:35 PM  
Blogger coach said...

The so called experts ,Eric Smith and
Jack insist the the sked between games in the NBA playoffs accounted for the low scores.How do you explain the scores of the games in the West and some East playoff games !

12:36 PM  

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