Don’t tell anyone… their sports teams are growing on me
-by Sam Shoai
As a born-and-raised Vancouverite, I enjoy taking in part some of the best activities the city has to offer:
– Running forest trails.
– Biking the seawall.
– Bashing Toronto.
I’m not talking about the city or its people. Full disclosure: I’ve only been to Toronto once, and I had a perfectly pleasant time. I’m talking about the “Center of the Universe” attitude about their sports teams that many of us Vancouverites resent.
– SportsCentre opening shows with highlights of Maple Leaf practices.
– The Leafs being on Hockey Night in Canada every Saturday.
– Leafs games in Vancouver being scheduled early to accommodate Toronto viewers.
– Sportsnet and TSN pushing the Raptors and Jays down our throats as “Canada’s Teams”.
Now, I have a secret I will never admit (but I will blog about): I’m a big Raptors and Blue Jays fan, and the Leafs are even starting to grow on me.
There, I said it.
I’ve watched tons of Raptors game this season, before they even turned things around… or at least turned them slightly sideways. I’m more excited for the start of the MLB season than I’ve ever been before because of the recent bold moves by the Jays.
So while part of me still bristles at the Canadian media selling a team 3,000 km away as “my team,” I have to admit it’s kind of working.
I used to cheer for the Grizzlies and Expos, but you know what happened there.
The Raptors are a fun, young team with a great future (if GM Bryan Colangelo doesn’t mess it up… which I shouldn’t assume), and the Blue Jays are becoming so relevant that we may actually see a current player in a commercial instead of Joe Carter awkwardly advertising joint medication.
So here’s my admission: I cheer for Toronto’s sports teams. Unless you, the reader, are from Toronto, in which case… LEAFS SUCK!!