Toronto Just Won the NBA Finals, and Canada is Uniformly Ecstatic
While she was in high school, my daughter played basketball, A LOT of basketball. We watched hundreds of games over her four years at school. Because of this, basketball became one of my favourite things to watch. But when she stopped playing, I drifted away from the sport.
Until recently, that is, when, for the first time in the history of the NBA, a Canadian team made it to the final round.
Of course, nobody dared to think the team might actually win. We were just thrilled that they’d made it this far.
We Canadians take our sports seriously. Hockey is what usually comes to mind when you think of Canada, and on a national level, we do pretty well in this arena.
But basketball? Nope. Definitely not. Of the thirty teams in the NBA, only one is located in Canada.
The Toronto Raptors.
Mention basketball to pretty much anyone, and I’m quite certain not a single person will automatically think—Canada.
Until now, that is, thanks to the underdogs of all underdogs, The Toronto Raptors…
My family watched this team progress through the championships to the final round, hopeful, but not expectant. But, I was certain we were in the minority when it came to people who actually cared.
Last night may have proved me wrong.
My husband and me, along with two friends were at an amazing concert last night. Andrea Bocelli performed at Roger’s Arena in Vancouver, BC, along side a symphony and choir of at least 30 people.
The stadium was sold out, 18,350 people all dressed in their fanciest outfits, there to listen to this gifted opera singer. That’s right. OPERA.
My husband was a tad miffed that he was missing the finals of the NBA championship, but we were recording it.
During one of the songs, when Andrea performed a duet with a stunning young woman, there was a rather muffled roar from a few of the upper boxes. I remember thinking that perhaps they were either friends of the young woman, or huge fans.
We broke for intermission. When we came back the conductor addressed the audience. “So. I had to do some explaining to Andrea. He wondered what the cheering was about earlier. I told him, “Apparently some team just won a championship.” He smiled broadly. “I understand some congratulations are in order.”
At which point the entire stadium of 18, 350 people broke out in uproarious cheering and whistling and hollering. This went on for quite some time. One gentleman stood up wearing his Raptors jersey. More than one person jumped to their feet.
Yep, that’s right. 18,350 OPERA fans, were cheering wildly for a basketball team. And how cool is that?
Like I said, we Canadians take our sports very seriously. And now we’ve just added basketball to the list of sports we can claim as our own.
There is something special that happens when a group of people are all hoping for the outcome. Even something as simple as cheering for the same sports team can unify us and make us forget our differences.
And in my eyes, that’s pretty darn amazing.