Doretta Lau on Watching the Toronto Raptors in the NBA Finals
To tell you the truth, I didn’t know that the Toronto Raptors were in the playoffs until my Twitter feed went insane when Kawhi Leonard hit that buzzer shot in game 7 against the 76ers. I watched that clip ten times–it was awesome. Who doesn’t love a display of athletic prowess and high drama?
Then I happened to be in Toronto during game 6 versus the Bucks. I watched the game with friends and it was exciting as fuck even if we were dejected for a stretch because it appeared the Raptors were going to lose. (An aside: I love courtside Drake much more than musician Drake. I live for his outfits and general extraness.) But they won and I thought I was going to die in the Lyft back to the hotel because there were so many cars honking on the freeway.
So I’ve been watching the NBA finals. I even went to a sports bar the other night, which was a first for me. (I think the bar was filled with people attending Congress at UBC, but that’s an academic nerd story I don’t really need to tell.) At one point I think I stopped breathing while I was watching the game.
Anyhow, I lost a bet (I wagered that the Raptors would win I guess I’m an ignorant optimist) and had to write a poem. I’m posting it here!
For Tyler on the Occasion of the Raptors Losing Game 2 Fulfilling a Bet We Made on Instagram
Make room on the bandwagon,
I’m all in.
Raptors in 6.
I have the confidence only a fair-weather
fan possesses. I haven’t watched
this much ball since the heyday
of Michael Jordan and my favourite
player is Jeremy Lin even though I know
he won’t play a single minute this series.