Chris Bosh has a simple request to Toronto basketball fans: Get rowdy!
And the Raptors forward is once again using YouTube to spread wide his message to the masses. Last time, Bosh humorously pleaded with NBA fans to vote him to New Orleans for the All-Star Game. But now he has a new favor to ask, and it concerns his home court.
(Video after the jump.)
In a clip posted up last Thursday, Bosh has a heart-to-heart with you, the viewer. Or more specifically, a heart-to-heart with attendees of the Air Canada Center, which Chris coolly calls the “A.C.C” - no doubt confusing any video viewers from Carolina.
Bosh starts with a standard polite greeting, saying how he loves the fans, loves the city, yadda yadda yadda. But he soon gets to the meat of the matter - the quietness of the hometown crowd, and what he wants done about it:
Sometimes it gets quiet, sometimes we play bad. You know what? That’s all in the past. Starting tomorrow, Friday night against the Nets, let’s just make it just crazy.
Chris throws in how the arena used to rock the roof for the Raptors:
And I heard the A.C.C. last year, and let me tell you, it is one of the loudest places in the league. It is capable of being that way every single game. And, you know, that’s what I expect now. ‘Cause you know what, it makes it hard for other teams to come in there and beat us if the crowd is just loud and rowdy, and just talking, and booing the other team, and everybody’s just going crazy! The team will go crazy! I’ll go crazy! We’re all gonna have a good time! OK?
Chris conculdes by offering a propostion:
So, if you’re reading this, or seeing this - let’s all bring it together, OK? Is that a deal?
We got a deal. Let’s go!
But Dave Feschuk of the TORONTO STAR takes exception to Bosh’s online beratement of timid Toronto crowds, and argues the real reason for Raptors fans’ feigning interest:
Isn’t it up to the Raptors, who’d lost 11 of their past 16 games heading into last night, to give the loyalists a reason to cheer?
… The local $13 million man … is telling folks not only to like this season of underachievement, but to revel in it, get wild about it, make a crazy ruckus despite it.
Being Canadians, the fans are probably just too polite to make any noise at all. Of course, swap the hardwood for the ice rink, and sportsmanship goes right out the mezzanine exit. Just ask these Flames fans.