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Newmarket Brian

  • joined Oct 20, 2011
  • last login May 11, 2012
  • posts 16
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A middle-aged but still active hockey & basketball lover...I'm a season seat holder since Day 1 of the Toronto Raptors.

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  • MLB Toronto Blue Jays
  • NBA Toronto Raptors
  • NHL Toronto Maple Leafs
  • Tennis Milos Raonic
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Who kidnapped James Johnson & replaced him with this guy?

I was at the Celtics game last night, which was every bit as bad as it appeared, particularly the first half. Anyway, some guy claiming to be James Johnson entered the game to start the second...

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A conundrum for you

What if the ping pong balls are friendly this time, and we end up with the #1 pick in the draft? What should BC do? It isn't a straightforward decision, as there's a wild card in the deck, by the...

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Statistics aren't everything

Stephen Jackson, the captain of the Malcontent All-Stars, was traded last night. I mention this non-Raps news to illustrate a point which I think our current management "gets" very well: DON'T...

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The impact of Andrea's return

Several sources indicate AB will be back for Sunday's Bucks game . Assuming that's true, what does it mean? I'd venture to say not much. Here's why: Coach Casey isn't going to damage next...

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Wading into the trade talk

I'm seeing a lot of chatter along the lines of "Let's trade Calderon while his value is high". That's got me wondering what I would do if I were BC, with the trade deadline approaching. My short...

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Interim report card

Let's grade our players, and offer some comments. L. Barbosa --> B+ : consistent & effective A. Bargnani --> B : mark will be higher next semester, we hope J. Calderon --> B : reliable...

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"Go Raps Go" - "um, Daddy; what's a Rap?"

A successful sports team name has some major elements, and some lesser ones. Major: (1) Have a clearcut association with the team's city (Boston Celtics, New York Knickerbockers, Houston ...

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Time for a facelift?

A struggling pro sports team will often start hearing calls for a trade. Our Local Heroes are no different, as a six-game losing streak which has featured (?) some truly unsightly b-ball has fans...

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Guidelines for assessing players

"Big men mature later" - attributed to Bud Grant, NFL Hall of Fame coach While the early struggles of Bargnani are all too well known to us Raps fans, I didn't jump on the "Amnesty the guy"...

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Where is here?

As I mull the Raps' season so far, I'm also trying to figure how right, or how wrong, I was with my earlier thoughts. For example, I proposed the Raps declare Andrea their starting SF. That...

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Raps vs. Celtics - what to watch for?

Your Obedient Servant and his family will be wasting spending Sunday afternoon at the ACC, for our first glimpse of Casey's Ballers. I'm going to be paying particular attention to the following...

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"Garbage Time" for an entire season?

Our GM seems to be going out of his way to ensure no Raps fan thinks we're doing anything this abbreviated season. Usually a sporting team's most senior manager will make blustering comments about...

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APB for Raps' ownership

It's long past time for someone new to thrust themselves onto the NBA lockout stage.  As Bill Simmons points out in his Grantland piece www.grantland.com/story/_/id/7250994/business-vs-personal ,...

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If contraction occurs, will Raps survive?

I am continually astonished by the paucity of knowledge about Toronto exhibited by the US b-ball media and fans.  Doug Smith of the Star has mentioned that he has had to correct his sportswriter...

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Unexpected help?

I have read in different places that Solomon Alabi (!) is in top shape.  Apparently he was injured (does anyone know about this?) last season, and thus was unable to play to his ability.  Coach Jay...

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The '11-'12 starters for the Toronto Raptors are....

This post assumes that Jonas Valanciunas will not be joining the team this season, and assumes there will be one, someday.  My guards are Jerryd Bayless on the point, DeMar DeRozan at the 2, Andrea...

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