The game will mark the first time the Raptors have been on national television south of the border since 2008 and the first time on TNT since 2004. Fans have been longing for that kind of exposure for some time, but for obvious reasons, this announcement should not be met with any sort of celebration.
I chose to write about it briefly here because this is a gathering place for passionate Raptors fans, and a Raps game being on TNT is something I thought fellow fans would want to know about, but again, it’s a horrible way to get there.
Part of the beauty of sports is the ability to serve as a distraction from the grind of reality and everyday life, and while the game itself means little in the standings or in the grand scheme of life, hopefully the Raptors and Hawks will be able to provide some form of entertainment and distraction for basketball fans, if even just for a couple of hours.
So by all means, try to enjoy watching your team in a TNT game tomorrow night, as you shouldn’t feel guilty about that passion. But keep things in perspective and keep the victims, first responders, their families and all those affected by the attack in Boston in your thoughts and prayers.