Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 12
Results 31 to 53 of 53
  1. #31
    RPB Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    Gone
    Posts
    3,075
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Prof View Post
    the obvious insecurity of our so called sportscasters in this country is to put something down that they do not know/understand, thus the continuous bias against soccer.
    "most people are happy so there's little controversy"

  2. #32
    RPB Member
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    Section 110 Row 24
    Posts
    6,618
    Mentioned
    5 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by PizzaEatingYeti View Post
    "Baseball and American football are virtually non-existent sports anywhere outside of North America."

    Corrected you.
    Hockey is a popular sport in many countries outside USA and Canada!
    So is baseball. Japan is the most obvious example. the Caribbean would be next

  3. #33
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Posts
    6,291
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Bellzy View Post
    You're completely off the mark around hockey's global footprint. Most countries outside North America call it Ice Hockey for differentiation sake but that has nothing to due with it's popularity outside North America. That's simply a bad take and you should apologize
    Not sure if you're being serious about this or not. I exaggerate this slightly for argument's sake and because it's fun to get hockey fans all mad at times. But, honestly, what percentage of the world would even think about hockey as a top of mind sport?

  4. #34
    RPB 2019
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    221
    Posts
    14,141
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    #likemysport has no boundaries

  5. #35
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    Scarborough
    Posts
    4,038
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Canary10 View Post
    But, honestly, what percentage of the world would even think about hockey as a top of mind sport?
    Canada and maybe Scandinavia & Russia. That's it.

  6. #36
    Registered User
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    beautiful downtown bolton
    Posts
    3,158
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Ultra & Proud View Post
    Canada and maybe Scandinavia & Russia. That's it.
    i love me some hockey...but i think its not even in the the top 10 in the world

  7. #37
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Jul 2013
    Posts
    887
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    Go Raptors go , look it’s great that they won and winning in the best league in the world, but just like all the other sports that are really big here in North America, go Raptors go is the only chant they have lol that’s it , go Raptors go haha!

  8. #38
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Aug 2015
    Posts
    830
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by SoccMan2 View Post
    Go Raptors go , look it’s great that they won and winning in the best league in the world, but just like all the other sports that are really big here in North America, go Raptors go is the only chant they have lol that’s it , go Raptors go haha!
    You forgot “Defense!”

  9. #39
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Jul 2013
    Posts
    887
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by stegosaurus View Post
    You forgot “Defense!”
    Oh ya forgot that one lol !

  10. #40
    RPB 2019
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Fort Kickass!
    Posts
    5,328
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    After the 2017 MLS Cup, I remember how crazy the entire area of Liberty Village was. Lots of celebrating, high fiving, and all around happy feelings. But when I returned to my downtown hotel around midnight, it was just another Saturday night in Toronto. You wouldn't have thought one of the city's teams had won a championship with how quiet the streets were.

    So I'm not surprised at how easily TFC is overlooked when compared to the other major league teams here. To some, TFC and MLS are considered minor league compared the other soccer leagues around the world. Even among hardcore soccer fans here.
    TORONTO FC, 2017 MLS CHAMPIONS!!! (Still the greatest in league history!)

  11. #41
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Victoria BC formerly from Hamilton
    Posts
    1,380
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    It makes me sad for Canada when we buy in to this “Big Four Sports” narrative/bullshit.

    Ice Hockey (NHL) - 7 Professional teams
    Baseball (MLB) - 1 Professional team
    Basketball (NBA) - 1 Professional team
    Football (NFL) - 0 Professional teams

    Thats it...second biggest country in the world, 35 million plus people, 16 cities with > 300k. The fact that the population accepts being voyeurs on the US sports orgy rather than participates itself is beyond me. Even the Raptors - where are the Canadians? We are renting glory. We aren’t participants...we watch another country’s sport on TV. Accepting a metro area of 5 Million should only have 1 hockey team for its most beloved sport - is just pathetic.

    CPL - drawing 3,000 people in Toronto...because “its not bigtime” is just sad. It says something truly bad about Canada’s love of sports to me. A 16 team CPL with live games across the country will do more for big time development of sport than any of these so called Big 4 sports.

  12. #42
    RPB 2019
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    221
    Posts
    14,141
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    It takes a long time to build the minor league infrastructure that allows an individual sport to develop.

    Yes, we have youth clubs.

    We don't have this


    62 Junior C level clubs across Ontario

    C level - this is the 4th division of Junior hockey in this country

    http://pjhl_site.wttstats.pointstrea...seasonid=18456

    The demand for people to play & watch soccer in small towns across this country isn't anywhere close to what it is for hockey - nor is it close to what it is for football in Europe.

    This is going to take decades to build out. When every 5K-10K size town in Canada has a team from May through August, then soccer will have arrived as a part of the consciousness of this country.
    Last edited by OgtheDim; Yesterday at 09:04 AM.

  13. #43
    RPB 2019 Moderator
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    On the Interwebs
    Posts
    16,555
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    It's interesting watching about 5 minutes of the Raptors victory parade on TSN. Very reminiscent of the TFC victory parade with the cup and team on top of the busses, only the crowds are even larger.

    We shouldn't get discouraged about the "big four" narrative. Germany's traditional sport was gymnastics, way bigger than football. It took decades for the Bundesliga to get to where it is now. It will probably happen here too with soccer in Canada. I may not be around to see it but there are those around today who probably will.
    Last edited by Oldtimer; Yesterday at 09:27 AM.

  14. #44
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Jul 2013
    Posts
    887
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Hamilton_Red View Post
    It makes me sad for Canada when we buy in to this “Big Four Sports” narrative/bullshit.

    Ice Hockey (NHL) - 7 Professional teams
    Baseball (MLB) - 1 Professional team
    Basketball (NBA) - 1 Professional team
    Football (NFL) - 0 Professional teams

    Thats it...second biggest country in the world, 35 million plus people, 16 cities with > 300k. The fact that the population accepts being voyeurs on the US sports orgy rather than participates itself is beyond me. Even the Raptors - where are the Canadians? We are renting glory. We aren’t participants...we watch another country’s sport on TV. Accepting a metro area of 5 Million should only have 1 hockey team for its most beloved sport - is just pathetic.

    CPL - drawing 3,000 people in Toronto...because “its not bigtime” is just sad. It says something truly bad about Canada’s love of sports to me. A 16 team CPL with live games across the country will do more for big time development of sport than any of these so called Big 4 sports.
    Oh yes you are so right brother, In terms of pro sports a sport like hockey which is a religion here in Canada we only have one NHL team in a city the size of Toronto is pathetic ,there should be like at least 4 never mind just 1! How many pro teams does London in the UK have just in the EPL alone never mind the lower divisions. How many stadiums with 20 or more thousand are in London England? At least 10 or more, how many in Toronto 20 thousand or more , like 3 . I love this city and country but when it comes to sports there are so many things that just puzzle me in this city and country.

  15. #45
    Registered User
    Join Date
    May 2013
    Location
    The Earth
    Posts
    773
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    Can anyone explain how NBA is a World Cup when it’s only played in the USA and one town in Canada ?

    Are Man City world champions too ?

  16. #46
    RPB 2019
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    Somewhere, Anywhere.
    Posts
    9,502
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Oldtimer View Post
    It's interesting watching about 5 minutes of the Raptors victory parade on TSN. Very reminiscent of the TFC victory parade with the cup and team on top of the busses, only the crowds are even larger.

    We shouldn't get discouraged about the "big four" narrative. Germany's traditional sport was gymnastics, way bigger than football. It took decades for the Bundesliga to get to where it is now. It will probably happen here too with soccer in Canada. I may not be around to see it but there are those around today who probably will.
    So did you enjoy watching the parade? It was really quite spectacular to see the city and beyond come it in the numbers they did yesterday. I think even us TFC diehards will admit we can only dream of such a receptions for our Reds. A post I read yesterday by a fellow TFC supporter really said it well. The 2017 parade was for us where yesterday was for everyone.

    Remember The Man, The Legend, The Goal 5-12-07 and All That #9 Left On The Pitch, Thanks For The Memories !!!

  17. #47
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Posts
    6,291
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Leedsoronto View Post
    Can anyone explain how NBA is a World Cup when it’s only played in the USA and one town in Canada ?

    Are Man City world champions too ?
    They shouldn't use the term world champions. It's a relic of America thinking it's the centre of the world.

  18. #48
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Dec 2016
    Posts
    143
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    This is a simple thing...MLS is far from being the best league in the sport, NBA is by far the greatest basketball league. Nothing more than that, stop comparing its apples and oranges.

  19. #49
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    Toronto, Ontario
    Posts
    142
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    Also TFC does not gather all football fans like raptors does. How many people snub MLS overall even though they love football? More than half?

  20. #50
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Nov 2017
    Posts
    68
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Leedsoronto View Post
    Can anyone explain how NBA is a World Cup when it’s only played in the USA and one town in Canada ?

    Are Man City world champions too ?
    LOL, it's just semantics. THE NBA is by far the best club league in the world where you cannot say that about the Premier League, La Liga, etc.. There's no way, say, CSKA Moscow, the EuroLeague Champs could beat the Raptors or Warriors over 7 games; the talent level is too great. Plus...they're Americans, that's what they say about their Bowling Champions

  21. #51
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Nov 2017
    Posts
    68
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    This argument is much ado about nothing, I agree, but I do sympathize with those who get irritated. It's the hypocrisy of it all, isn't it? A poster earlier mentioned Derringer...I remember him singing a VERY different tune when TFC were making their Cup runs and ratings were through the roof. Same with Simmons, McCown, etc.

    My beef is why is this issue even raised. The Raptors have won their first NBA Championship. What does it matter when the Jays won a World Series or the Leafs a Cup, or, my favourite, the <insert imaginary team here> a Super Bowl?

  22. #52
    RPB 2019 Moderator
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    On the Interwebs
    Posts
    16,555
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Red CB Toronto View Post
    So did you enjoy watching the parade?
    "Enjoy" is a bit strong. I'm not really into parades of any kind. It was interesting.

    I did watch the TFC parade go by live for about 45 min max, a very happy occasion, that's about all I can take.
    "Victory needs no explanation." - Gyula Grosics

    Supporting since 2007


  23. #53
    RPB 2019 Moderator
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    Centre of My Bloody Universe.
    Posts
    18,832
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default

    Guys

    2 million people were at the Parade.

    I don't care

    How many of them follow every game?

    It's what we do

    It's how much we should care

    To listen to Sports radio repeat the mantra of Best Fans in NBA is hilarious.

    I'm glad they're having fun but come on

    "We've waited 20 odd years..."

    Sure they all have
    Womens World Cup Canada vs Netherlands June 20th, 12pm!
    Gold Cup Canada vs Cuba June 23th, 6pm.
    FORMER FULL TIME KOOL-AID DRINKER

 

 

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •