This year has been full of oddities and rarities, and the “anything goes” mentality has temporarily uprooted the Toronto Raptors to play home games out of Tampa Bay to start the 2020-2021 NBA season.
Due to Canada’s mandatory isolation regulations, coupled with the border closure, another bizarre disruption of 2020 has basketball fans in a frenzy on Twitter.
On Friday, Raptors president Masai Ujiri said the team worked “diligently with public health” to secure a plan that would permit the team to play the 2020-21 season on home soil.
But, 2020 being what it is, it didn’t work out.
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But if anything, a few Friday chuckles on Twitter might help to normalize the move a little bit more. Here are some funny reactions from around the Twitterverse.
Welcome to Tampa Bay! pic.twitter.com/FgKEg08mqw
— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) November 20, 2020
— Ben Johnson (@B3Ncommandments) November 20, 2020
— Tosum deGrasse Tyson ♠️✌🏽 (@its2sum) November 20, 2020
— Becca Laurie (@imbeccable) November 20, 2020
Been a Tampa Raptors diehard since day 1 #WeTheSouth
— Matt Koval (@matthewkoval_) November 20, 2020
The Tampa Bay Raptors new mascot pic.twitter.com/BhEL3BVua2
— #RingerNBA (@ringernba) November 20, 2020
Raptors been playing in Florida ever since Kawhi complained it was too cold ☹️
— i. (@_nopename) November 20, 2020
If you had told me this time last year that the Raptors would be playing their next season in Tampa Bay, I would’ve thought you’d bonked your head. Just another reminder of how insane everything’s been in 2020.
— Joshua Howe (@Howevolution) November 20, 2020
On the bright side, for once, Toronto will be close to the Stanley Cup.
— Ryan Wolstat (@WolstatSun) November 20, 2020
It’s been about five minutes and the raptors already have more fans in florida than the magic 💀💀
— 𝓥𝓲𝓻𝓰𝓲𝓵 💫💫 (@MahomesEra_15) November 20, 2020
— Jeff McDevitt (@JeffMcDev) November 20, 2020
Tampa becoming the center of the sports universe is very on brand for 2020.
— Natalie Egenolf (@NatalieEgenolf) November 20, 2020
The Canadian retirees/ snowbirds will rep for us in Tampa.
Gang Gang! pic.twitter.com/pJTxLT4zLi
— sandie (@sandiesideup) November 20, 2020
— sebastien p (@sebasti13730725) November 20, 2020
Out of all places to go…… pic.twitter.com/DSHtyvg5Ur
— Nick Charles 🇨🇦🇹🇹 (@NCCYYZ) November 20, 2020
scarves are 2019 anyway pic.twitter.com/OY6xJBemGQ
— Eddy Hew (@mx5eddy) November 20, 2020