Throwback Thursday: 40+ Point Props

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Every week, with Thursday waving at me in the distance, I sit down and ponder the next throwback. And every week there are endless options when it comes to making, breaking or taking Raptors franchise records. Why? Because it’s a different kind of season, ain’t it?

Yesterday, NBA diehards took a moment to dwell in the purple and gold nostalgia of eight years prior. It was January 22, 2006 that Kobe Bryant went all superhuman with an 81-point game. That’s second in NBA history just under Wilt Chamberlain’s legendary 100-point circus. […]

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Throwback Thursday: And The Award Goes To…

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As we hurdle over the halfway mark of January 2014, the deja vu feeling of a similar month in Raptors history is already poking around.

January 2007: The Toronto Raptors were the talk of the league as the underdogs continued to shake off a sloppy start to the season. They finished the month at .500, stood atop the Atlantic Division and had a chance of making the playoffs for the first time since the ’01/’02 season. Sound familiar?

If that wasn’t positive enough, the Raptors became the first team in […]

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Throwback Thursday: Happy Birthday Muggsy

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Former Raptor fan favourite, Tyrone “Muggsy” Bogues, continues to be an inspiration with a heart that is probably bigger than he is. At 5’3″, he proved anything is possible including fourteen seasons in the NBA, closing his career here in Toronto. He helped the Raptors reach the playoffs for the first time in franchise history and he continues to make appearances at games and community events to the likes of loyal fans.

Happy 49th birthday, Muggsy!

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Throwback Thursday: The .500 Mark

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January 1, 2014: As countdown confetti was being swept up and the calendars flipped, the Raptors played the first New Year’s Day home game in franchise history. A sold out hometown crowd entered Air Canada Centre and 2014 with new enthusiasm for their team. Another tough challenge lay ahead for the Raptors with the league-leading Indiana Pacers in town. And once again, in front of dropped-jaw amazement, the Raptors stole the unexpected win with a 95-82 finish. They had won six of their last eight games. This one took them to […]

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Throwback Thursday: All Access

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Nostalgia triggers those ‘I’ll never forget’ moments and looking back on my time with the Raptors organization, some of the best ones were formed when fans were able to interact up close and personal with their idols. They realize that the monsters on the court are just like the rest of us with their drives to get where they are, constant cravings for Ma’s macaroni and cheese or their guilty pleasure of country music (Can you guess what current Raptor falls into the boots and hearts category?).

One of the ultimate […]

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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: 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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