If you have never been to a Raptors game, then you are surely missing out. I had the entertaining pleasure of going to the Raptors vs. the 76ers game on Sunday, November 9th with a few friends. It had been a few years since I saw my last NBA game, so it was time to relive the excitement and energy. What is awesome about watching this sport, is that the game is fast paced, high scoring, and there is hip hop/rnb music in the background while the game is being played.
The Raptors band wagon is starting to get big again and I am totally jumping on it. To be honest, I have not followed the Raptor’s franchise history year over year, but key player’s names from years past still stick out in my head like Chris Bosch, Vince Carter, and Tracy McGrady. Today, the team is sitting on a goldmine of some great talent. The Raptors are stacked with the names of DeMar DeRozan, Landry Fields, Amir Johnson, Kyle Lowry, Terrance Ross and Greivis Vasquez. Having this roster costs the team a pretty penny though: $75, 424 914 to be exact.
Prior to the game on Sunday, the Raptors were on a winning streak having won Friday night’s game against the Washington Wizards and wearing their retro purple jerseys in celebration of their 20th anniversary. Their opponents for the Sunday night game, the Philadelphia 76ers, were the last placed team in the league, so there was really no excuse for them to lose.
The game was fantastic, and the Raptors won. The final score was 120-88 for the Raptors. Kyle Lowry had minimal playing time (probably because they were playing the lowest ranked team in the league). Terrance Ross made sure to show off his slam dunk moves (he is the reigning dunk champion from last year’s All Star game). Greivis Vasquez, contributed a good amount of points too.
Let’s not forget to mention that a couple of local celebrities were in the building:
- Drake aka their brand amabassador
- resident Raptor’s Superfan aka Nav Bhatia
Can we talk about Drake’s outfit for a moment? I think George Costanza from Seinfeld should be knocking on Drake’s door asking him for a royalty fee. Drake certainly dated himself and it looked like he had borrowed his dad’s sweater and George’s glasses. Nonetheless, it was super awesome he was in town to support his home team. I was certainly excited to be in the same building with him. What was funny though, is that they did not play a single Drake track during the game. I wonder if they have some sort of agreement to omit his music when he is in the building. I mean, if I were Drake, I wouldn’t want to hear my stuff everywhere I went.
Whoever came up with the new Raptors slogan “We the North” is a genius. How suiting it is for an NBA team that has an entire country to support it vs. the US that has to spread it’s love across 29 teams. Outside the Air Canada Centre, we exited by the big painted “We the North” wall. It was more of a happen-chance type situation, but was a really cool way to end off a fabulous night. We posed like paparazzi against it.
I can’t wait to go back and see another game. Tickets have already been purchased for the March 13th game with the Miami Heat playing the Raptors.