Prime concern for Raptors/MLSE

When a columnist of Dave Feschuk’s stature writes 715 words on a specific topic in the world of professional team sports and not a single one of them includes the following collection of letters:

c, h, a, m, p, i, o, n, s, h, i, p,

it should tell you everything you need to know concerning the day-to-day M.O. of that franchise.


Won’t take much for Raptors to keep Colangelo

Quote 1: “I will make a recommendation to the board (on Colangelo’s future) at some point during the season. I’m not going to leave Bryan hanging out. He’s got kids in school here.”

Quote 2: “We still really believe in Bryan Colangelo.”

Quote 3: “Politicians don’t get paid much. They pay me well to do this.”

Quote 4: “Of the 14 clubs I’ve been around, I really like the attitude and culture of this club the best. There are no egos. They’ve very engaged. They’re enthusiastic as hell. But we’re young, very young. . . . I want to see them play hard and be active and be better defensively. And we’ll see where it goes.”

Quote 5: “I’ll just watch, and if I like where I think it’s going, we’ll re-up Bryan.”


When the specific person responsible for overseeing the overall operation of that pro sports franchise … within the environment of a business consortium … is quoted extensively in the piece and, over the course of his 123 words, declines the opportunity to include a single one which includes these same letters in combination with one another:

i.e. c, h, a, m, p, i, o, n, s, h, i, p,

it’s enough to make one nauseous, as a long-time follower of the team.

After reading nonsense of this type from an MLSE executive, die-hard fans of this team should ask themselves the following two questions today:

Q1. “What”, exactly, is the “this” Richard Peddie is “well paid” to do?

Q2. “Where”, exactly, is it that Richard Peddie thinks ”it” is going?

The sad reality is that, in today’s environment in the NBA, this specific franchise … with its current collection of players and coaches [and executives] … is not one step closer to eventually being able to win a NBA championship, anytime in the foreseeable future, than it was a decade ago … and, in fact, is further away from ever achieving this goal than it has been for the last several years.


P.S. If it walks like a duck, talks like a duck, looks like a duck, feels like a duck and smells like a duck; then, in all likelihood, IT IS a duck.

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6 Responses to “Prime concern for Raptors/MLSE”

  1. Scott G Says:

    I can’t believe the tone of that article… it’s as if the last 3 years didn’t happen!

    Peddie and BC seem like peas in a pod, no?

    Btw, welcome back from the hiatus!

  2. khandor Says:

    Scott G.,

    It’s almost enough to make one want to stop being a fan of this team, until it has new ownership.

    PS. Thanks for the welcome back.

  3. FAQ Says:

    khandor … do you believe that the current roster contains the seeds of another playoff team … and if yes, who do you favour and how much longer before the rebuild is near completion??

  4. Mike D Says:

    I personally love the fact that Peddie used the term “Re-up” in reference to Bryan Colangelo. What a gangster. It makes me think he’s one of the corner boys out there, just finishing up a G-Pack and now he’s gotta re-up with the stash. Boy, he sure sounds hungry. Building a winner seems to be the only thing on his mind.

    This team is hilarious sometimes. I tried to delude myself into believing that over the course of a few years, we could turn this mixed bag of garbage (aka the YGZ) into a winning hand – but these guys in the front office just aren’t serious. The thought process seems to be “Well, Bryan’s kids are in school, so lets go out and make a wise basketball decision.” Its ridiculous. People who should be feeling embarrassed about the fact that they’re responsible for presiding over this disaster, seem to be more interested in running for office than rebuilding the franchise. I dunno…Maybe I care too much.

  5. khandor Says:


    It is relative easy to become an 8th seed in the playoffs.

    IMO, there is no re-build taking place with the Raptors.

    i.e. In order to have a “re” anything it is first necessary to have a high end first/original version of the same.

  6. khandor Says:

    Mike D,

    Agreed, 100%.