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Today Is Raptors Day!

That's why Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly is cozying up to that big red dinosaur.

Photo from Norm Kelly’s Twitter account.

“WHEREAS the Toronto Raptors captured the Atlantic Division championship with an impressive franchise breaking record of 48 victories.” So begins the City of Toronto’s official Raptors Day proclamation, signed by Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly, on behalf of city council.

Norm Kelly kicked off Raptors Day in a fine and appropriate way: taking to a stage in Nathan Phillips Square with Raptors head coach Dwane Casey and player Greivis Vasquez and embracing much-loved Raptors mascot, the Raptor.

“We’ve been doubting ourselves lately,” Kelly said. “Our static economy, the friction between the downtown and the suburbs, a sense of being overwhelmed by the challenges of our success, the disturbing revelations of our leadership, and the sudden, unexpected onslaught of an aggressive nature haven’t ranked these past few years as among our best. Then along came the Raptors … first in their conference and in the playoffs. The magic word: playoffs.”

The Raptors were eliminated from the playoffs by the Brooklyn Nets after an excruciatingly suspenseful and down-to-the-wire game seven, but they’re a solid, young team with a future (we’ve been told), so here’s hoping that next year will bring with it more excruciatingly suspenseful (winning) games and official appearances by the Raptor outside City Hall—and fewer of those “sudden and unexpected onslaughts of an aggressive nature.”


  • OgtheDim

    They get a day because they made it into the playoffs….which they have done before.

    Like, it was fun and all but that’s pretty low standards.

    • Rocky Saganiuk

      A Toronto team making the playoffs is going to be enough for a parade soon.

  • Torontopoly

    Yay mediocrity!

    • Hank

      Winning the Atlantic Division championship and a franchise breaking record of 48 victories. Is that mediocre?

      • Torontopoly

        Getting to the playoffs and losing in the first round is pretty mediocre. We’re probably the only city to ever make a “[insert team name here] Day” for a team that made it into the playoffs for the first time in 6 years. The Atlantic division was a joke and going 7 games over .500 isn’t exactly earth shattering, even if it is a franchise (operative word) record.

  • dsmithhfx

    I thought the big red dinosaur was in rehab!

  • hamish

    One good dinosaur deserves another, as the TOroglodyte Kelly doesn’t seem to think climate change is real. And just look at the Executive Committee – all male, though a third of Council is women. Diversity our Strength, but no women allowed aboard.

  • Notcleverguy

    It was a fun season.