Doug Smith: Raptors

Doug Smith: Raptors

Covering the #Raptors for two decades - I've seen a thing or two.

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Extend Charlie! (Or whoever caught that base running gaffe)

The election is over already? Way to go, Canada

And now the Raptors are filled up for camp after officially adding forwards Svi Mykhailiuk and Reggie Perry. Lots of choices, lots of options for final few roster spots once things get going on Monday

Pre-emptive point: Tomorrow, when you have show proof of vaccination to get into most Ontario places, DO NOT abuse the minimum-wage workers at the front who ask for proof If you do, you're a dick who should stay the hell home.

And sometimes late September baseball is just late April baseball

Drilling a guy in the 8th inning of the last game of a three game series is weak. Weak

Change in Raptors broadcasts Per release just now Alvin Williams replaces Leo Rautins as Sportsnet analyst alongside play-by-play guy Matt Devlin Devlin and Jack Armstrong return as TSN's duo

A question I really don't want answered but will throw out there Ryder Cup? Laver Cup?

Not sure where you can see it (the saloon has a powerful satellite I guess) but Auger-Aliassime vs Berrettini is some exceptional tennis right now.


An emotional Fred VanVleet. "I'm in a different place today, emotionally speaking." "What are we willing to give up? Do we actually give a f--- about what's going on, or is it just cool to have Black Lives Matter on the backdrop or wearing a T-shirt?" ...

Some days, we write good stories. Some days, we just write paragraphs around great quotes from insightful young men Today was one of the latter days

Man, I hope all these folks killing Siakam have never had a bad couple of weeks at work

"I will retire as a Toronto Raptor. One-day contract, whatever" Kyle Lowry just now

Before we tip off, a reminder that Canada's Indigenous population is at greater risk of suicide, an issue tackled by the great @TanyaTalaga  in her book All Our Relations. Hope for Wellness Help Line: 1-855-242-3310 Also: