Rogers in $1.3B talks to buy majority stake in Leafs empire – thestar.com
As a Leafs and Raptors fan this is great news. It has been clear for some time that the current majority owners, The Ontario Teachers Pension Plan didn’t care much about winning as long they were making a certain amount of money every year. Being under the Rogers umbrella should change that.
The OTPP just needed good merchandise sales and gate receipts and the Maple Leafs brand is good enough to provide good numbers there even when the team isn’t performing well. Rogers will need the team to do well in order to improve their TV numbers. They have more of an incentive in making sure that the team performs well.
By the way, did you guys watch Jeopardy last night? The “Final Jeopardy” question was Maple Leafs related.
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Coming into the year I had really high hopes for this team. Key injuries throughout the year pushed that optimism to the side somewhat but when the Raptors drew Orlando in the first round I along with many others let out a sigh of relief. I thought it was a favorable match up for the Raptors. Hats off to Dwight Howard. Man did he play like Superman.
Going into next year the Raptors need to trade away T.J Ford. I like what he brings to the team. I was even in the minority that somewhat liked the trade when he was brought to Toronto. His time with the team has passed by though. The team plays with a much better flow with Calderon on the court. I look at Calderon as being from the Steve Nash /Jason Kidd/John Stockton mold. Guys who don’t need to take shots but make guys around them better. Calderon needs to be the starter on this team. Ford obviously has a problem with that…..why let him return next year and cause a distraction?
CB4 is CB4. I don’t have many worries about him but he needs to be tougher inside. That goes for the team as a whole. The Raptors as a team need to be much better at the glass.
I like Bargnani. Definitely want to see him have a bigger role with this team next year. I think his jump shot is such a major asset to have. Hopefully he can draw the opposing teams big men out to the perimeter helping out the team on the glass.
Trade Nesterovic as fast as possible. His value will never be higher. With him and Ford the Raptors actually have a couple of nice trading chips.
Parker needs to take more plays. I don’t get why he doesn’t shoot more or create more plays? He’s definitely a lot more talented then his stats from this year reflect.
Moon was a big surprise this year. Looking forward to see what he brings to the table in year two. I love the energy he brings to the court.
Being at Games 4 and 6 in New Jersey last year was amazing. Watching the team in person I thought for sure that it was the start of something great for the city of Toronto. Hopefully the 08/09 group can restore that promise.
Chuck Swirsky, an icon with the Toronto Raptors radio and television broadcasts as play-by-play announcer for the past 10 seasons, is leaving the organization for personal reasons related to his family.
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Having lived in the US since 2000 I obviously didn’t get to watch much of his TV work with the Raptors but I have thoroughly enjoyed his work with the Raptors. I’ve been a regular reader of his blog CCI(Chuck Checks In) which made a regular appearance on Raptors.com. Definitely listened to as much of his radio show as possible. His fan base as a play by play was as big if not bigger then pretty much any Raptor ever.Definitely didn’t see this departure coming. “Chuck the Canuck” even got his Canadian citizenship last year. Good luck in the future endeavors.
Where does your team Rank?
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Every year ESPN releases this Fan Satisfaction Rankings. They rank the major sports franchises from the big 4 in eight different categories. Each of those eight categories are weighted accordingly.This year the Colts rank as the #1 team. Coming in dead last at 122 are the New York Knicks. How do your teams stack up?
Angels 1st in MLB 5th overall.
49ers 24th in NFL 102nd overall.
Raptors 14th in NBA 44th overall.
Maple Leafs 30th in NHL and 121st overall.
Keep in mind that there are 30 teams in the NBA, NHL and MLB while there are 32 in the NFL. Check out the report to see previous years results too.
What a win for the Raptors. The ACC crowd is really quickly becoming one of the better ones in the league. The atmosphere was electric. Yes, Howard got another double but the Raptors dominated him all night. Hats off to Calderon(he needs to be starting)and Ford. Between the two they play exactly 48 minutes. Get 39 points on 13-22 from the field, 12 rebounds and 16 assists. Can’t wait for game 4.
Raptor calls comment made about him playing soft like former NBAer Manute Bol ‘classless’
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Does Stephen A. Smith do anything other then making ridiculous statements? I mean no wonder this man can’t stick at one job. How on earth are you going to call Bosh soft on the eve of a series against a team he’s owned this year?
With the recent slide the Raptors have been on I’ve been asked on more then one occasion whether I’d like to retract my pre-season prediction about the Raptors. My response?No. The Bosh injury was obviously a big factor in the the slump. This group plays like a team more then any group in the history of the franchise. In the short history of the Raptors the team has had a lot of “me” players…..you can not say that about this team. When Calderon replaced T.J Ford in the starting lineup the team didn’t miss a beat. Both of these guys have played their position well over the past year and a half. You want your Point Guard to be a leader….a general on the floor if you will The Raptors have two guys who do that. To prove my point more…..Calderon volunteered to give up his starting spot today to Ford. The result? A 89-82 win over the Pistons.
Already a much better 2nd day then Day 1. The Duke/Belmont game game was pretty much the only thing that stuck out for me on Day 1. Eventhough it would’ve hurt my bracket I as always was rooting for the upset. What a game it was though. Definitely an early favorite for the game of the tournament.
UConn game today again falls into the same category. First George Mason and now San Diego? That’s a rough 2 game stretch for UConn as far as the NCAA Tournament is concerned. Saw it on a CBS graphic that this is the first time UConn has lost in the first round of the tournament under Calhoun(14-1 now).
What a game for Stephen Curry. Its crazy that he wasn’t recruited more heavily. I got a chance to watch his father Dell Curry, day in and day out when he was with the Raptors and he became an instant favorite of mine because of that 3 point shot. The son is pretty much the same.
Jay Triano tonight becomes the first Canadian to coach in the NBA. He will be the acting head coach for the Raptors tonight against the undermanned New Jersey Nets while Sam Mitchell is away tending to family matters.