TO Sports Teams: Standing High?

Rahman Mohamed
Toronto sports teams: building fast transit over historical gridlock?

imageOnce upon a time Toronto was was called the worst sports city.  Native Torontonians were willing to admit: worst in the province, worst in the country, worst on the continent, worst in the world.  Today street walkers in TO are likely to shake it off.  The sports scene in Toronto has made a dramatic shift.  A new lane seems to be opening.

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John Tory: The Lucky Mayor Winning Moneyless Bets

He doesn’t dominate the slots but he could dominate the bar
Rahman Mohamed

Toronto sports teams.  With fans they’ve been a joke for years.  A win by a Toronto team was considered a miracle.  Recently, as they actually improved, entered the post-season and won games , even championships they’re getting more respect from fans and rivals too.  Toronto is considered the city to have the most loyal fans, fans that will support the team even if they’re dead last and have no chance; proof: Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors, and Toronto Blue Jays have had full stadiums and sky high ticket prices even when their records were bad.

Nobody has found the most loyal and fanatic fan; selfies and media are always trying to out-perform.  There’s a competition: where will you see the crazy fans – Instagram, TV, local paper, in person.

Toronto’s mayors have always been involved in fandom, trading in the suite for a jersey during playoffs and declaring support for the team in open council and to the media.  Whether or not Mayor John Tory is a crazy loyal fan is not known.  What is known: he’s the good luck charm for Toronto teams, knowledgeable about sports, the mayor of a city with teams that have drastically improved, or just lucky.

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Raptors Roaring and Rebranding; Showing the North a Canadian Game

Toronto Raptors; returning from near extinction to conquer a Canadian game
Rahman Mohamed

Raptors Logo

Official Raptors Logo; Retrieved 19 April 2014

Not only that, there’s a new campaign.  CTV reported that the Raptors, the only NBA team north of the 49th parallel are advertising themselves as “We The North” in a new identity campaign to rally all of the Great White North behind them.  But why?

Basketball is a Canadian game.

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