Happy Anniversary

November 3, 2011 doesn’t seem like that important of a day for basketball bloggers.

The NBA is locked (pardon the pun) in its second major labour dispute in 13 years, wiping out at least a month of the regular season and probably more. The two sides won’t meet again until the weekend, so there isn’t much to say about the lockout that hasn’t already been written a thousand times.

The only Raptors-related news we could try to come up with would have to revolve around players playing in Europe and former stars appearing on talk-shows. Heck, the college basketball season hasn’t started, so even if we wanted to, we can’t write prematurely-formulated opinions on Raptors draft targets just yet.

But amidst these dog-days of the empty NBA calendar, boredom allowed me to realize this: Today is the 16th anniversary of the first game in Toronto Raptors history.

I guess, considering we’re RaptorBlog, this might be a big deal.

The Raptors played their first game in franchise history on November 3, 1995 – a 94-79 win over the New Jersey Nets at the SkyDome.

Things have kind of gone down hill since then…for both the Raptors and Oliver Miller.

In more refreshing news, don’t forget to “like” our RaptorBlog facebook page. Where else could you share wholesome memories like this with fellow sports masochists?

Comments (4)

  1. I MISS NBA BASKETBALL :-( … can we get a post about what this lockout is all about?

    • This lockout is about a bunch of rich owners realizing that they can really stick it to the players, since it is hard to sympathize with a bunch of young, black, tattooed millionaires, especially in this economy. The owners, like mega-hypocrite Michael Jordan, are determined to ram a bad deal down the throats of the talent who make the games compelling, because they know that they can out-last the players – none of whom, no matter how wisely they’ve invested their earnings, have the deep pockets, tax write-offs, and taxpayer-subsidized arenas that the owners do.

      • The worst part is, this plan by the owners to absolutely destroy the players is being masked by noble causes like instituting competitive balance in the league and making it easier for small market teams to keep their star players.

        As a Raptors fan, I just want to hurl when the owners say they are crusading against the very things that they benefitted from for years (inequality spurred by polarizing dynastic teams and stars joining forces in big markets).

        There will be virtually no systemic changes, the players will just get a significantly smaller cut of the profits.

        Will this team ever win?

        • PBI, we’ve had our share of differences of opinion over the years, but you and I are in full agreement on this one.

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