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One of my favourite things to say is “Hindsight is 20/20.”
I don’t know the exact science behind it but it has proved to be a fantastic excuse for any time I make a mistake. I literally have never been guilty of anything because of that saying.
With that being said, there have been a few times where I and the Toronto Raptors could have used a little bit of foresight to avoid some emotionally taxing situations. Me for example, probably should have considered that just because I haven’t eaten gluten in three years doesn’t mean my celiac disease would just disappear before eating that sleeve of Oreos.
And the Toronto Raptors… well I just think moving to Florida for a year was something that could have used a little bit more foresight than hindsight cause that turned out to be a huge bummer.
It honestly showed a lot of guts for the Raptors to make home base in Tampa Bay after they drove a bus throughout the state of Florida last year brandishing a political message that upset 51.2% of Floridians who saw it.
I understand COVID-19 played a massive part in the re-location of the Raptors, BUT as far as I know all they needed to do was play in the United States of America, so using some hindsight let’s take a look at a few places that would have made a way better home than… Tampa Bay.
Bismarck, North Dakota
What was one thing the Toronto Raptors were missing this year? (Besides a good basketball team)
It was winter.
Bismarck has winter.
North Dakota actually has the coldest winters out of the contiguous United States.
How can you claim “We the North” when you’re on the beach? As far as I can tell, a Canadian winter is a tactical advantage for the Raptors and to simply just take that away?
If you own a husky, you’ll know this… you don’t just get a snow dog and move to… Tampa Bay! Those guys need snow to survive and I’m starting to think the Toronto Raptors do as well.
So that should have been greatly considered by Masai Ujiri and Raptors management – They all thought they were getting a vacation in the sun when in reality, distancing themselves from the North only drained their powers.
ANYWHERE IN CALIFORNIA
This is a broad one here but honestly, if you’re going to move to the States for a year, at least go to the state with the most Canadians living there.
California has the largest Canadian population in the US of A – albeit Florida is second but it’s Florida so… why?
But like I said why not just go all in and put your team in the most likely spot you’ll find supporters.
Floridians straight up booed the Raptors when they were allowed in the building. You can tell those aren’t Raptors fans because we never EVER boo our own team… we just cheer when the opposing teams star player suffers a severe injury.
Mentally though, for the players and staff playing 72 away games in a year is just a recipe for disaster. At least plop them in a spot where there is the best chance possible for a little bit of support.
Buffalo, New York
This just makes sense. It’s 45 minutes away from Toronto and fans could have watch parties at the Niagara Falls.
Honestly, knowing Raptors fans we would have lined up chanting “We The North” at the border which could very well have been interpreted as a declaration of war so maybe not going to Buffalo was the right choice.
Yas Island – Abu Dhabi – United Arab Emirates
If you are going to go to the beach, you may as well go all the way to the beach.
The UFC did it, why can’t Toronto? I’m sure fight island had some room to make it basketball Island as well.