We should demand more

January 26th, 2010 | by torontosportsmedia

If I were in a US market where the non traditional hockey team was making strides and the traditional basketball team were down in the dumps again, I would hope that the local press would shine the light where it is deserved.

We consumers in this town let the sellers of information off to light. Our beloved Toronto Maple Leafs lost there last three games to bad teams in Atlanta, Tampa and sunrise. Our basketball team won it’s last 2. yesterdays game was fantastic, a nail biter down to last shot against the league best LA Lakers. The ACC was buzzing like a Mapl Leas playoff game. The Toronto Sun had the Raptors on page 6 of the sports page! Page freaking 6!

That’s after the leafs and the NFL. Now, you know I love the NFL. I want a team here. The same paper that editorializes on the failure of the games that have been here now puts a league that in their own words can’t make it here ahead of the NBA Toronto raptors???? When they are finally making noise!!!!!!

That’s messed up. Again, I love the leafs, I’m a huge NFL fan, but our one hope for any type of success may be on the brink and page 6??????

It’s unacceptable.

I love that the Vancouver Canucks aren’t talking to HNIC over pompus Ron gate. I’d love to see the Raptors do the same to the Sun, but the Raps need the attention.

We fans have to demand better quality.




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  2. Mike says:

    Not to mention that the Raptors beat the defending champs and the most popular team in the NBA. I think it should have been on pg 3 at the worst with a caption on the front of the section.

    I think this is just an example of what Eric Smith was talking about a few months ago. Someone high up at the Sun doesn’t think too highly of the team and decided to bury them in the paper.

  3. Ged says:

    This is a hockey town first and foremost. To a fault.

    One of those faults is that fans continue to flock to the ACC to support an annual loser that can’t even make the playoffs – giving the powers that be absolutely no reason to make changes since they are still making money. Morons. Not the management, the fans. Morons.

    A secondary fault is that the Leafs could hold a practice on the day the Raps win the NBA championship, and the Leafs practice would make page 1. Ok, that’s obviously a humungous exaggeration, but you get my drift.

    Not saying it’s right, it’s not. It’s just the way it is.

  4. Daniel says:

    I agree with you 100% TSM. Great article.

    Obviously this city is hockey crazy. But I think that people sometimes forget that there’s 8 million people in the Golden Horseshoe. There are sizable pockets of NBA/MLB/NFL fans etc who get regularly overlooked by the Toronto sports media (in my opinion – as a big Jays/Raps fan).

    To be honest, the hockey at all costs coverage sometimes comes across more as a d*** measuring contest than anything else to me. 640 makes Leaf Lunch, so 590 does HC at noon. TSN and Sportsnet will quibble over who broke the signing of some 4th line player on the Blues. Where is the line between great coverage and indulging yourself?

    I’m not saying that hockey shouldn’t be covered far more than other sports here. Clearly it should. But I think it has reached a point where it has become way overdone and other sports routinely get overlooked.

    Honestly, I think some of this comes from a weird resentment that some ‘old school’ hockey types seem to have toward basketball in this city. I really don’t understand why, but there seems to be an attitude among some older generation hockey fans that basketball shouldn’t even exist here. I’m not trying to offend hockey fans there – I’m a Leafs fan myself – but I really have noticed that. Anyone else?

    Anyway…it will be interesting to see how coverage changes over the years as Toronto become more and more multicultural. I think some people would be surprised to see how popular the Raptors already are among certain ethnic communities in the GTA.

  5. Daniel says:

    And by the way, it doesn’t bother me when I see the Leafs get far more coverage than the Raptors. That clearly makes sense. But it DOES bother me when, say a station like AM 640, will spend a show focusing more on American NHL teams rather than the Raptors/Jays etc. I mean, they cover non Toronto NHL teams better than they cover Jays/Raps/Argos etc. Toronto is hockey crazy, but I’m sorry, that’s overdoing it.

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