Tonight the Raptors unveiled their retro Toronto Huskies jerseys for their matchup vs. the Minnesota Timberwolves.
My initial verdict is ME LIKEY MY FRIENDS. The Raptors game is barely 3 minutes in (oddly enough they haven’t given up over 35 points yet) and I’m already ready to join a movement to get the Raptors to change their moniker to “Huskies” permanently. I’ve never been keen on the Raptor being their team name. I never understood why John Bitove and pals decided on the dinosaur theme. I’m sure I can google the reason which probably revolves around either of 2 things:
- Isaiah Thomas was running the team and choosing a stupid moniker was far from his worst decision. (Remember the Vincenzo Esposito signing folks and the trading away of Damon Stoudamire for reference if needed)
- A movie (that to this day I am proud can honestly say that I haven’t seen) like Jurassic Park was a box office bonaza and the fine marketing machine that NBA is thought to themselves “Hey….Canadians like movies……Canadians must like dinosaurs….Now lets pick the Raptor as their moniker because it goes well with the crappy purple uniforms that we have envisioned”.
Now I grant you the version of the Huskies jerseys the fellas are wearing tonight would have to be updated for the NBA merchandising wizards, but I think that the blue and white would fall in line with MLSE and pension puppets (I love you guys says the teacher side of me). What are your thoughts my friends?