Rolling Stone thinks Toronto could be the next best North American sports city

Mar 4 2017, 4:43 am

Have you heard the deafening roar in the SkyDome when the Jays are on a hot streak?

Do the words “WE THE NORTH” make your heart swell with pride?

Or perhaps, you’ve sacrificed half a months’ rent to watch the Leafs (likely) lose?

It won’t phase you at all then that Rolling Stone magazine posits in a recent article that Toronto might just be the next great North American sports city, up there with New York City, Chicago, Boston and Los Angeles.

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The article goes on to point out that “The city has not won a major sports title since Joe Carter ended the 1993 World Series…” and is quick to list they city’s recent shortcomings; The Jays eliminated before reaching the World Series in back-to-back seasons; “Toronto FC [falling] short in the MLS Cup”; The Raptors being “bested” by the Cavaliers in the 2016 finals; and the, Maple Leafs? Well… Don’t get us started.

Regardless, Rolling Stone calls Toronto fans across the sporting spectrum “rabid” and despite being “starved of a major sporting championship for nearly 25 years, the fans continue to show up through the good times and the bad.”

Toronto is, of course, not alone in suffering a major sports title drought. It’s been almost a quarter century since a Canadian team took home the Stanely Cup, and we have yet to celebrate an NBA champion.

The big take-away here, is that win or lose, “The mentality of Toronto sports fans has evolved from defeatist to excited…” It might just be the game-changer we need considering that just two years ago, the city was named the second most miserable sports city on the continent.

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