Throwback Thursday: The Banner

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Think of it like a Plinko board. At the beginning of a night of NBA action, each team drops their chips from the top. They race through barriers, taking unexpected detours due to buzzer beaters or controversial calls. And they settle into their respective win-loss slots at the bottom when the final buzzer drops.

The result of last night’s Price is Right party took the Raptors from 10th place to 4th place in the East and top spot in the Atlantic Division. Pretty decent chip drop.

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Throwback Thursday: Raptors TV Timeouts

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This week called for a road trip and with the team out of the city, the game day routine changes ever so slightly.

Personally, my mighty “to do” list must be checked off before tip-off and a post-gym meal is coming out of the oven as the first bucket drops. Then the tweets begin arriving from the #RTZ Twitter chat about hustling home to make the game as we all settle into our comfy couchside season seats. Popcorn or peanuts?

Part of my shtick at home games is to provide some of ...

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Throwback Thursday: Gimme Some Mo

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Trends come and go. Some are just plain legendary and some are legendary for their laughs. Think of that prom picture of you framed on your parents mantel.

Our fashion flare came from our idols and if you grew up in the 80’s and 90’s, some famous NBA standouts may have been the trendsetters. Maybe you rocked the short shorts while channeling Jordan out on your driveway, or ate your PB&J sandwich/ wrote a test/ took swimming lessons/ played Mario Kart/ walked the dog all while getting the power from your ...

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Throwback Thursday: The Ghoul ol’ Days

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‘Happy home opener’ and ‘Happy Halloween’ tend to do a creepy crossover at the kick-off of every Raptors season. High-fiving the Bride of Frankenstein and a Werewolf wearing Raptors gear on the subway post game did happen. I wouldn’t argue his point if a vampire licked his lips of blood and said “Vut? It’s Raptor Red.” And as I take you through some fang-tastic nostalgia, feel free to moan at my witchy wordplay but for your own good, whatever you do, don’t fall asleep. (A Nightmare on Elm Street -1984)

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Throwback Thursday: Mean Muggin’

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The black cats are walking the streets and chocolate cravings are on an all time high. Have you decided what you’re dressing up as all bad and rad as for Halloween? With the goal of kickin’ butt this year in the costume war (because I am not a competitive person at all… #crickets), I was browsing through Halloween masks of the usual suspects along Yonge Street in downtown Toronto.

You know, your traditional Scream villain , Spider Man or the half eaten mask of some ghoulish no name monster that secretly ...

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Throwback Thursday: Early GM Training

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The school bell signaled the end of the day and you lugged your backpack full of tatted up textbooks home over one shoulder cause that’s what the cool kids did. The quarters from Mom and Pops jiggled in your pocket as you furiously planned your corner store attack. You had two blocks to decide the appropriate ratio between five-cent candies and trading cards.

Sitting cross-legged opposite my brother in front of the TGIF television line-up, it was the most stressful part of our Friday nights. We had our poker faces poised ...

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Throwback Thursday: Why The Raptor Rules

Golden State Warriors v Toronto Raptors

Yesterday the game night buzz was back. The familiar inhale of popcorn as you hit the concourse, the familiar squeaks of go-time shoes on the court and the familiar soundwave of amped up fans turning the noise meter up once again. It felt pretty good, eh? But there was one familiar missing. And from the reaction within the game night realm, it was really missing.

It was announced that the Raptor will be taking some time off to recuperate from a heartbreaking Achilles injury that he suffered at Training Camp, which ...

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Throwback Thursday: Drake Joins The Team

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Unless you’ve been locked up working on your jump shot since the weekend, you know that we have a new Raptors Global Ambassador on board. And the go-to Google machine has been overheating these last few days with people trying to get the dish on the dapper dude known as Drake.

The stand out sayings within the big picture story that Drake painted with professionalism and passion at the presser this past Monday, were all about his love and commitment to the city he calls home.

Don’t believe it? Here’s why the ...

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Throwback Thursday: On Rookie Duties, Pranks & Backpacks

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A new season brings new faces. New names splashed from shoulder to shoulder. That has definitely been the story here in Raps Nation for the past few. And some of those players reppin’ the claw are new to fans and also new to the whirlwind of the NBA. Ladies and ‘gents, our rookies.

The team has always taken care of them with warm welcomes and gifts to make them feel right at home as they tackle new grounds. To gently ease them into the mighty spotlight of the big bad NBA. ...

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Throwback Thursday: T-Mac Looks Back

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The nostalgia of Throwback Thursday; the ‘remember whens’ and good ol’ days. See the game clock drop four zeros and hang a jersey up one last time and it’s the start of the same nostalgic haze.

Here’s proof from a career that started right here in our city and tapped seven other systems along the way.

Recognize this young buck?

Throw back to a few weeks ago: Tracy Lamar McGrady, the Raptors fourth ever draft selection at the age of 18, announced his retirement after 16 years in the court race.

 

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