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Toronto Raptors Set to Change Tipoff Times

While sports fans concentrate on the Toronto Blue Jays’ and Toronto FC’s efforts to end their respective playoffs droughts, some interesting news has emerged regarding the Toronto Raptors. Okay, it may not be that interesting to you, but the rumors, courtesy of the excellent Doug Smith, certainly intrigued me.

Word has it that the Raptors are going to change their weeknight start times from 7:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. What this means for people will obviously depend on your perspective/situation.

The way I see it, players, fans and media alike will settle into one of three camps: happy with the move, annoyed, or just don’t care. Leaving the latter to one side, let’s look at the other two options.

Happy with the Move

1) Players: An extra 30 minutes to prepare for the game… Oh, who are we trying to kid here? In reality, it means bonus time to spend enjoying the company of the groupies you met the night before.

2) Media: More time to talk to your friends, flirt with any nearby female journalists and enjoy the food and drinks that have been laid out for you. (By the way, I’m not judging. This is exactly what I do. Well, except for the whole friends thing.)

3) Fans: Extra time to meet that deadline before you leave the office. This should hopefully mean fewer mistakes, although you only have yourself to blame for leaving things to the last minute. Again!

What do you think about the Raptors starting games at 7:30 p.m.?

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Annoyed with the Move

1) Players: Less time in the local bars to celebrate a win or console yourself after a tough loss, together with tighter time constraints to find groupies. (Plus, if the pressure gets to you and you regret your choice in the morning, you may have to spend an extra 30 minutes with her. Or him. We’re not judging.)

2) Media: Less time to flirt with female journalists after games, because you have more strict deadlines to submit your stories. (Although, to be honest, she was never going to agree to go out on a date with you anyway. Not that I’m talking from experience or anything…)

3) Fans: You’ll be getting home later from the game, which potentially means less time to spend with your loved ones. Sorry, what’s that? Ah, I see. The Raptors are your loved ones!

It should be stressed this move hasn’t been finalized yet. In fact, there’s every chance the story was leaked to get some initial reaction from people. As such, please feel free to add your two-cents worth in the poll above.

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