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Post#1 » by GED Education » Tue Sep 3, 2019 2:42 am

At first I think it's a no brainer as there really hasn't been anything to rival the championship.

However....

If Bianca Andreescu wins the US Open, I think that's the story of the year. This was debated today on sports radio. What are your thoughts on that?
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Post#2 » by gp2015 » Tue Sep 3, 2019 2:52 am

Winning the NBA championship is bigger than one person winning a tennis major IMO.

Bianca has the potential to win multiple majors in her career and there are 4 opportunities/per year to win one.
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Post#4 » by XxIronChainzxX » Tue Sep 3, 2019 3:12 am

gp2015 wrote:Winning the NBA championship is bigger than one person winning a tennis major IMO.

Bianca has the potential to win multiple majors in her career and there are 4 opportunities/per year to win one.


It's debatable to be sure. She's a home grown Canadian athlete. Obviously the Raptors are a Canadian franchise and the NBA title is a legendary moment but I can see how others might disagree.
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Post#5 » by dagger » Tue Sep 3, 2019 3:22 am

Canadian Press has a team of the year award, a male athlete of the year award, and a female athlete of the year award. The Raptors are team of the year without a doubt. Female athlete of the year is almost certainly Bianca. Mail athlete is tougher - could be Dennis Shapovalov, maybe pitcher Mike Soroka. That's a much tougher one. Then there is the Lou Marsh award for Canada's top athlete - this goes to an individual, amateur or professional, male or female.
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Post#6 » by Metallikid » Tue Sep 3, 2019 3:41 am

Raptors by a mile. No story in Golf or Tennis revolving around a single person could ever be as impactful as how many people needed to come together to achieve a NBA championship. Ten years from now the Canadians coming into the NBA are going to say it's because they watched Kyle, Kawhi and Pascal as kids.
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Post#7 » by niQ » Tue Sep 3, 2019 3:59 am

It better be the Raptors. Kawhi's legendary shot against the 76ers pretty much ices it.
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Post#8 » by LoveMyRaps » Tue Sep 3, 2019 4:02 am

dagger wrote:Canadian Press has a team of the year award, a male athlete of the year award, and a female athlete of the year award. The Raptors are team of the year without a doubt. Female athlete of the year is almost certainly Bianca. Mail athlete is tougher - could be Dennis Shapovalov, maybe pitcher Mike Soroka. That's a much tougher one. Then there is the Lou Marsh award for Canada's top athlete - this goes to an individual, amateur or professional, male or female.


Both Aaron Brown and Felix Auger Aliassime are better candidates for Male Athlete.
Raptors are a lock for team of the year.
Bianca is a lock for female athlete of the year.
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Post#9 » by LoveMyRaps » Tue Sep 3, 2019 4:07 am

Big time tennis fan but Raptors winning has to be a lock for Canadian sports story of the year.
Simply because it brought the entire nation together. No ones gonna celebrate Bianca winning a grand-slam like they celebrated the Raptors winning the LOB (i.e. the post-ECF/finals celebrations in DT and the parade).
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Post#10 » by duppyy » Tue Sep 3, 2019 4:42 am

LoveMyRaps wrote:Big time tennis fan but Raptors winning has to be a lock for Canadian sports story of the year.
Simply because it brought the entire nation together. No ones gonna celebrate Bianca winning a grand-slam like they celebrated the Raptors winning the LOB (i.e. the post-ECF/finals celebrations in DT and the parade).


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People won’t be lining up to watch her matches outdoors like people did for raptors.
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Post#11 » by OAKLEY_2 » Tue Sep 3, 2019 10:02 am

raptor jesus wrote:1. World Jrs team gets off bus wearing suits
2. Someone does 360 in Pinty's Curling Skins Game
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14. Toronto Raptors win NBA title


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Post#12 » by mowcrowbar » Tue Sep 3, 2019 10:12 am

gp2015 wrote:Winning the NBA championship is bigger than one person winning a tennis major IMO.

Bianca has the potential to win multiple majors in her career and there are 4 opportunities/per year to win one.


I suppose so, but no one important on the team is Canadian
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Post#13 » by Quattro » Tue Sep 3, 2019 1:35 pm

GED Education wrote:At first I think it's a no brainer as there really hasn't been anything to rival the championship.

However....

If Bianca Andreescu wins the US Open, I think that's the story of the year. This was debated today on sports radio. What are your thoughts on that?


Tough call. Obviously I'd go with the Raptors but Canada has never had a major winner in tennis and this kid legit looks like she is going to dominate the women's game for years to come.
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Post#14 » by tor1234567 » Tue Sep 3, 2019 1:37 pm

If we can get half the team to come out as gay, and Nurse to come out as trans... We're a shoe-in for the award!

P.S. I'm just messing around, lol (hold the outrage)
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Post#15 » by Mattd97 » Tue Sep 3, 2019 1:42 pm

Quattro wrote:
GED Education wrote:At first I think it's a no brainer as there really hasn't been anything to rival the championship.

However....

If Bianca Andreescu wins the US Open, I think that's the story of the year. This was debated today on sports radio. What are your thoughts on that?


Tough call. Obviously I'd go with the Raptors but Canada has never had a major winner in tennis and this kid legit looks like she is going to dominate the women's game for years to come.


Not really the way women's tennis usually works. Outside of serena no one has really dominated for lengthy periods. And let's not forget Bouchard reaching even higher highs (major wise anyways) before dropping off entirely

Also, as much as its annoying that hockey players win the lou marsh every year, you cant rightfully give the award to the 20th best tennis player in the world, or an all star pitcher despite their ages and impressive years when we have the best hockey players in the world. I get global game vs more regional, but unless you've got de grasse winning Olympic medals, Steve nash winning MVPs, gagne winning the cy young, it's just not likely to happen. You need to be fighting to be the best in the world, cause that's what the Crosby's and McDavids are doing
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Post#16 » by tor1234567 » Tue Sep 3, 2019 1:52 pm

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gp2015 wrote:Winning the NBA championship is bigger than one person winning a tennis major IMO.

Bianca has the potential to win multiple majors in her career and there are 4 opportunities/per year to win one.


It's debatable to be sure. She's a home grown Canadian athlete. Obviously the Raptors are a Canadian franchise and the NBA title is a legendary moment but I can see how others might disagree.


Who is Bianca Andreescu?

(said every Canadian ever)
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Post#17 » by dagger » Tue Sep 3, 2019 2:08 pm

Mattd97 wrote:
Quattro wrote:
GED Education wrote:At first I think it's a no brainer as there really hasn't been anything to rival the championship.

However....

If Bianca Andreescu wins the US Open, I think that's the story of the year. This was debated today on sports radio. What are your thoughts on that?


Tough call. Obviously I'd go with the Raptors but Canada has never had a major winner in tennis and this kid legit looks like she is going to dominate the women's game for years to come.


Not really the way women's tennis usually works. Outside of serena no one has really dominated for lengthy periods. And let's not forget Bouchard reaching even higher highs (major wise anyways) before dropping off entirely

Also, as much as its annoying that hockey players win the lou marsh every year, you cant rightfully give the award to the 20th best tennis player in the world, or an all star pitcher despite their ages and impressive years when we have the best hockey players in the world. I get global game vs more regional, but unless you've got de grasse winning Olympic medals, Steve nash winning MVPs, gagne winning the cy young, it's just not likely to happen. You need to be fighting to be the best in the world, cause that's what the Crosby's and McDavids are doing


Recent winners of the Lou Marsh trophy have included Mikael Kingsbury (last year) and Penny Olesiak. It isn't always a hockey player. The last hockey player to win it was Carey Price in 2015. Prior to that, the last hockey player to win was Crosby in 2009.
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Post#18 » by YogiStewart » Tue Sep 3, 2019 2:21 pm

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dagger wrote:Canadian Press has a team of the year award, a male athlete of the year award, and a female athlete of the year award. The Raptors are team of the year without a doubt. Female athlete of the year is almost certainly Bianca. Mail athlete is tougher - could be Dennis Shapovalov, maybe pitcher Mike Soroka. That's a much tougher one. Then there is the Lou Marsh award for Canada's top athlete - this goes to an individual, amateur or professional, male or female.


Both Aaron Brown and Felix Auger Aliassime are better candidates for Male Athlete.
Raptors are a lock for team of the year.
Bianca is a lock for female athlete of the year.

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Post#19 » by YogiStewart » Tue Sep 3, 2019 2:29 pm

Mattd97 wrote:I get global game vs more regional, but unless you've got de grasse winning Olympic medals, Steve nash winning MVPs, gagne winning the cy young, it's just not likely to happen. You need to be fighting to be the best in the world, cause that's what the Crosby's and McDavids are doing


at the age of 19, Bianca is (as of today) the 10th ranked tennis player in the world. not sure how you can deny this kind of accomplishment.
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Post#20 » by XxIronChainzxX » Tue Sep 3, 2019 2:55 pm

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Mattd97 wrote:I get global game vs more regional, but unless you've got de grasse winning Olympic medals, Steve nash winning MVPs, gagne winning the cy young, it's just not likely to happen. You need to be fighting to be the best in the world, cause that's what the Crosby's and McDavids are doing


at the age of 19, Bianca is (as of today) the 10th ranked tennis player in the world. not sure how you can deny this kind of accomplishment.


In a far more global sport than hockey. We can talk about excellence in a major sport (basketball, soccer, etc.) vs. something more niche like skiing, but tennis is not a niche sport. While it was unfortunate how it went down Bianca was about to take her shot at beating Serena at the Rogers' Cup. It's not her fault how it went down. The Crosby's and the McDavids by comparison are doing a thing that is quite a lot more regional.

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