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  • When did you first become a Raptor fan?

    When did you guys first become an avid Raptors fan? I did in the early Chris Bosh era. I'm not sure what year exactly it was when I really started to watch them because I didn't have satellite tv at first so I could only see the rare game on global, or cbc. Whatever was on the good old bunny ears ( which wasn't many lol). I had a PlayStation 2 with basketball games so I knew all the players in the league but couldn't watch many games. I remember when Mike James was our starting point guard in 2005, man there were some rough years back then. Back then I just hoped for the chance to make the playoffs, even if they got swept.

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    Looking at the Raptors past rosters I can see it was the 2004-2005 season when I started to avidly watch them because that's when we got satellite tv. I remember Rafael Araujo #55, god that guy was awful. Raptors could of drafted Iggy instead of him. My dad must of regretted getting satellite because I watched every game, luckily he'd usually just fall asleep on the lazyboy after dinner at night anyways lol.

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    • #3
      Half Man / Half Amazing

      I'd seen games before that... but after his arrival, I haven't missed many.

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      • #4
        This will be fun to retrace everyone raptors fandom

        First started casually watching when the roster was made up of the likes of Alvin williams, Carter, Davis, JYD. (maybe 2001-2002)
        Junkyard dog was always my favorite player back then even tho he was far the most hyped talked about i loved his hustle, heart do it all play. Influenced the type of basketball player that would forever be my favorite.

        Vince departure really hurt, i was at the age where that betrayal really hurt. I really went all in with the Bosh era when i would say i became an avid watcher probably watched over 50 games a season. Would live and die with those late season games trying to make the playoffs. Also around this time i starting to really love those maverick teams specifically Dirk.

        The addition of the Colangelo brought hope and i really thought we got one of the greatest G.M in the league (those suns teams were great). Little by little i watched B.C sell away the teams future for a shot at a low playoff seed. This really hurt my fandom went back to being casual viewer during those Bargnani days. And was an admitted mavs fan on the side mainly for Dirk. Watching him win the title in 2011 was amazing

        Then when we got rudy i came all the way back in. The experiment didnt work but i was all the way back when we traded him to sacremento for a bunch of role players. That year was the start of something special i didn't know it yet but i was in the process of watching a slow 6 year build until eventually triumphing with a title. Im so glad i got back in when i did. I would have to guess i watch 90% of all games starting with the year we first made the playoffs and faced the nets.
        Last edited by bertarapsfan; Wed Mar 18, 2020, 12:04 AM.
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        • #5
          Always an NBA fan b4 that especially the knicks.
          But became a Raptor fan from the get go. Name contest, draft - Fans booing we didnt draft Ed O'Bannon over Damon S etc

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          • #6
            GOLDBLUM wrote: View Post
            Half Man / Half Amazing

            I'd seen games before that... but after his arrival, I haven't missed many.

            Chris Mullin subbed himself out and retired, immediately after that play. Lol.

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            • #7
              I first started watching the NBA around 2011...my first major memory of the league was the 2011 Finals, which is why I'll always love Dirk. I didn't have a preferred team for a bit, almost became a Portland fan as that's the team my dad supports, but eventually chose the Raptors.

              The first Raptors season I remember is 2012-13, and Amir Johnson was my favourite player. I was definitely a casual fan at the time hahaha. After Rudy Gay was traded and the whole We The North era kicked off, that was when I fell into being a die-hard fan. Coincidentally, that's the same time I found this board.

              I'm glad I didn't become a Portland fan lol

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              • #8
                Casual NBA fans for years, with the Raps from the day they announced they awarded us a team ($125M franchise(?) fee was a deal in retrospect) and they proceeded to job us and Bitove in the draft.

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                • #9
                  It was the first year. I was a young boy playing rep ball, obsessed with Jordan. I was cautiously optimistic, about the Raptors. I knew we were bad, I knew the Leafs had never won a cup while I was alive(still haven't). So I was a reserved Raptors fan. I was admiring the amazing season the bulls were having, and I watched every Jordan game I could. When the Raptors played the bulls (I want to say it was their 72 win season) Damon hit a 3 in Jordan's face and we actually won that game. In a historic Bulls season, we were one of the few losses. At that moment my allegiance to the Raptors became much stronger. I haven't looked back.

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                  • #10
                    Shredder wrote: View Post
                    It was the first year. I was a young boy playing rep ball, obsessed with Jordan. I was cautiously optimistic, about the Raptors. I knew we were bad, I knew the Leafs had never won a cup while I was alive(still haven't). So I was a reserved Raptors fan. I was admiring the amazing season the bulls were having, and I watched every Jordan game I could. When the Raptors played the bulls (I want to say it was their 72 win season) Damon hit a 3 in Jordan's face and we actually won that game. In a historic Bulls season, we were one of the few losses. At that moment my allegiance to the Raptors became much stronger. I haven't looked back.
                    Always felt the Raptors were doing relatively well for an expansion team in those early years, especially when you looked over at the Grizzlies. Then there were the Vince years. I think bottom of the barrel for me was the Bargnani years.

                    And yeah, the Raptors beat that 72 win Bulls team. I wasn't at that game but I did see them that season at the Sky Dome. Horrible venue for basketball, it was hilarious.
                    "We're playing in a building." -- Kawhi Leonard

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                    • #11
                      I've been watching basketball since the late 80's when Detroit and LA were going at it. And Michael was amazing. Highlight year for me was the '88 dunk contest between MJ and Nique. Still consider that my favourite mainly for nostalgia reasons.

                      Anyway.. became a huge Bulls fan. Back in Winnipeg it was so hard to watch a basketball game so when NBC would show a game you would be all over it. I still remember those NBA Inside Stuff shows prior to games on weekends. I would tape those in case I would miss them. When the Raps and Grizz became teams I was stoked but it was so hard to watch a game. We'd have to wait until CBC aired one.. and usually the only game we got were the Naismith Cup games.. which were a joke. I switched allegiances to the Raps completely when MJ retired (for the second time). Before he became a Wizard. Same year Vince was a rookie.. at that point we were getting more Raptors games because of Vince.. and I'd usually follow the team through the Winnipeg Free Press using box scores and articles I could find or TSN highlight reels. I eventually moved to Toronto in 2000 and that's when I just became a full time supporter since I could see every game.

                      Joined RR in 2010 because I was looking for any Raptor related stuff online. At that time I was reading Eric Smith blogs because I was desperate and he mentioned he was doing an interview with RR.. that's when I first heard about this site and got hooked.

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                      • #12
                        G__Deane wrote: View Post
                        Casual NBA fans for years, with the Raps from the day they announced they awarded us a team ($125M franchise(?) fee was a deal in retrospect) and they proceeded to job us and Bitove in the draft.
                        Me same, Day 1. I also remember when they had the presser with Isaiah Thomas walking through that Raptor logo and then going out and playing ball on my driveway for the next few hours.

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                        • #13
                          planetmars wrote: View Post
                          Joined RR in 2010 because I was looking for any Raptor related stuff online. At that time I was reading Eric Smith blogs because I was desperate and he mentioned he was doing an interview with RR.. that's when I first heard about this site and got hooked.
                          I got here after Scott Carefoot shut his blog down, anyone used to hit that site? Was good content & discussion.
                          "We're playing in a building." -- Kawhi Leonard

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                          • #14
                            S.R. wrote: View Post

                            I got here after Scott Carefoot shut his blog down, anyone used to hit that site? Was good content & discussion.
                            Oh yeah.. he "retired" when we had to go through another Bargnani year and Bryan landed Gay as his big move IIRC. Dark times.

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                            • #15
                              I remember watching the Celtics when Bill Russell was playing. Just the odd game on "Wide World of Sports." I became a die-hard Raptor fan when they announced there was going to be a team in Toronto. It was tough in the early years. A lot of games weren't televised. I remember moving the radio a few degrees one way or the other, in the southwest corner of the house so I could hear the Fan 590 radio broadcasts. I was working shift those early years, so would take a radio to work and sometimes be able to hear parts of a game during the coffee break. Always anxious to turn on the car radio driving home to hear what happened. I remember the newspaper coverage of the momentous win over the 72 win Bulls. One of MJ's quotes was something like "Before tonight I never even heard of Zan Tabak, and during the game, we're double-teaming him." Probably watched 90% of their games that were available to me over the years. Missed a few west coast ones, missed a few during the Bargs years, but since the PVR era started, over 95%.

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