How Toronto's Papers Covered The Raptors Season Coming To An End
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How Toronto’s Papers Covered The Raptors Season Coming To An End

In Front Page Challenge, Torontoist analyzes the best and worst of Toronto’s major dailies.

The Toronto Raptors lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals, bringing an end to their best season in franchise history. In this special edition of Front Page Challenge, we review the four Toronto papers that publish a Saturday edition to see how they capture this bittersweet moment.


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The Globe and Mail


The Globe‘s weekend edition only tersely acknowledges the Raptors exit from the playoffs at the top of the page “Raptors loss ends championship dream” but for any more information the reader is directed to the sports section. The Globe has other stories on the front burners this morning, including the upcoming Brexit vote to determine if Britain should leave the European Union, and a profile of the chief of Médecins Sans Frontières and her fight “to hold the world elite accountable”. Columnists this morning include Doug Saunders, who wonders whether killing terrorists makes us safer (spoiler: probably not) and Margaret Wente, who predictably weighs in (a few weeks after everyone else did) on “the culture war’s new frontier: bathrooms.”


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National Post


It’s a very sporty front page for the weekend edition of the Post. Like the Globe, the Post gets the bad news about the Raptors over with at the very top of page one, though their description of last night’s outcome is more critical “Raptors Fall: Cavaliers Crush Toronto’s Hopes Of Reaching NBA final” (in fact this story doesn’t even make the front page of the Sports Section). The Post‘s top story “Blame It On Rio” pays tribute to the #problematic 1984 Michael Caine sex comedy while detailing the growing (yet unlikely) calls for this summer’s Olympic Games to be cancelled because of Brazil’s political unrest, hazardous pollution and of course the outbreak of the Zika virus, all depicted through a nauseating illustration. The Post seems to be in a particularly grumpy mood this morning.


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Toronto Star


The Star splits the difference in their coverage of the Raptors defeat: “Our Greatest Season. The End” acknowledges the city’s heart was broken by LeBron James and his top-seeded Cavs but that “the Raptors gave their fans a magical playoff ride” in “a season to remember.” The Raptors exit is but one of several stories on page A1 of the Star today, including an exclusive on a NATO exercise involving a Canadian submarine in the North Atlantic last fall that almost turned deadly when Russia activated five attack subs. In addition, Royson James reminisces about the joys of summer camp, and Chantal Hebert provides grim reportage on the Conservative convention in Vancouver, as the party struggles through a post-Harper landscape without a clear heir apparent.


Toronto Sun


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JURASSIC PARKED” is the slightly-forced but acceptable pun deployed this morning by the Sun (perhaps a reference to our dreams of making the NBA Finals being stalled until next year). The Sun is clearly disappointed that this good thing has come to an end, but they choose to accentuate the positive, describing this as the end of the “Greatest season in Raptors history” with an evocative shot of Bismack Biyombo staring up into the heavens. For the Sun there is no other story on page one this morning, directing the reader to “7 Raps Pages Inside”.


This week’s winner: It’s a tough call this morning, but the judges are giving the victory to the Toronto Sun. This front page is the most scrapbook ready for the die-hard Raptors fan to clip out as a capper for a magnificent season. For Lowry, Biyombo and the rest of the squad, there’s always next year…but for the Toronto papers hustling for Front Page Challenge glory, there’s always next Tuesday.

Newspaper Number of Wins
Toronto Star 8
Toronto Sun 8
Metro 7
National Post 4
Globe and Mail 3


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