Here’s some of the most entertaining reads of the past week, you know…

 

Landing In Mumbai Season 2 Episode 5.

The most unusual sports venues.

 Incredibly ignorant comments in defence of Joe Paterno.

Toronto glass condos could face a short life span.

Notorious B.I.G. calms crying baby.

Good article on the NBA lockout.

Before you take out a $80,000 loan for college, watch this expose.

Sad story about a 16 year old losing his life on the ice.

This definitely HAS to be done. Glass walkway, 4000 ft above a ravine.

So that’s what going 462 mph looks like. I got next.

Toronto interested in the 2024 Summer Olympics.

Politichicks. A conservative version of the view. These chicks are insane.

Mila Kunis (my future wife) is amazing, and has found the cure for the cold?

The Toronto Blue Jays new logo. It’s a beauty.

A picture of a booth at a Mental Hospital themed restaurant in Tokyo.

Monster dog for sale, with a great street name.

Why Heavy D. matters.

Anger, despair, disappointment and sadness are the general feelings of a Toronto sports fan. However, there’s one more feeling Toronto sports fans are also accustomed to over the last 17 years. Hope. Why hope? What else are we supposed to feel? It’s all we have to hold on to. It’s either hope or apathy and it’s not in my nature to feel apathy. The day I feel apathy is the day I give up watching sports.

There have been many articles written about how bad of a sports town Toronto has become. ESPN has a yearly sports city ranking and Toronto has been near the bottom annually. ESPN, being the giant conglomerate that they are, uses vast resources to come up with a ranking system, in which they use attendance, ticket prices, player salary, and success. Being that I am a much smaller conglomerate with far fewer resources, I’ll use just one piece of data. Winning.

I don’t care how much ticket prices are, or that beer at the arena costs $10 or that a slice of pizza is $6.50. This is Toronto, and being a Torontonian for almost all my life, I’m used to corporations gauging money out of my wallet at every possible turn. It’s part of being a Torontonian, we pay more than anyone else for everything and we bitch about it. Good times.

All that matters are wins and loses. Where are they in the standings? Are they going to make the playoffs? Do they have a shot at a title? The ranking of a city in terms of its sports teams always comes down to one thing. Winning. So where does Toronto rank in terms of success? I decided to look at the numbers and made a spreadsheet. Thanks to Sports And The City’s older brother for teaching me the art of the spreadsheet. He is a master.

The data simple, enough so that most NFL players could understand them. I collected data from 1994 to 2010. I started at 1994, because 1993 was the last year a Toronto sports team won a title. Every city with at least a team in one of the 4 major sports organizations: NHL, NFL, MLB, and NBA is included. The data includes the total number of seasons played over the time period (17 seasons per franchise from 1994 to 2010), playoff appearances, finals appearances and championships. Click on the chart below to take a look.

As the chart above indicates. San Antonio has by far the best success rate of any city. They win a championship roughly every 4 years. However, the data is skewed due to the fact that the city of San Antonio has only one franchise, the Spurs. A city with one or two franchises that wins a title will have higher success rate due to a fewer number of seasons compared with cities that have three to five franchises.

To get a better indication of success I  broke the data down further into two charts. The first chart includes only cities with three or more professional franchises, and the second only cities with two or fewer franchises.

The data above gives a better indication of the futility we have had to go through here in the city of Toronto. Of the 20 cities with three or more franchises, only Oakland has had less playoff appearances in the last 17 years than Toronto. It gets worse. Minnesota and Toronto are the only two cities that have not had a franchise reach a finals in the last 17 years. The final knife through the heart is that Boston and New York have been the most successful cities over the last 17 years. I just threw up in my mouth.

Looking at the data, you can deduce that the most successful sports towns have a team in the playoffs roughly every two years. It’s no surprise that cities around a 50% playoff appearance rate (PAR) also reach the finals more with a finals appearance rate (FAR) of around 25%. There are of course outliers, Chicago & Tampa Bay both have a FAR over 20% while having a PAR in the low 30’s.

However, if there is one franchise that other teams should model them after, it should be the San Antonio Spurs. In the last 17 years, the Spurs have reached the playoffs 16 times, winning a championship 4 times. Luck has had some part to play in their success, getting the #1 pick and drafting Tim Duncan the only year you miss the playoffs. Having said that, the type of sustained success the Spurs have experienced over the last two decades is due to an exceptionally run organization, from the owner down. The Spurs are the perfect sports franchise model.

I wonder what it feels like to have your franchises reach the playoffs once every two years or the finals once every four years like in Boston, Los Angeles or New York? I wonder, if I experienced that level of success here in Toronto, would I also turn into an absolute arrogant douchebage like the Massholes or New Yorkers? I doubt I would, but I all I want is the opportunity.

Last Saturday at about 8 at night a couple of friends and I decided to hop in a car and make the drive to Cooperstown, NY to watch Roberto Alomar get inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame. The first player ever go into the hall in a Blue Jays cap. So around 2 am we hoped into the car and made the 6 hour drive. I’m so glad that we did.

Many Canadians made the drive to Cooperstown, which was expected. What I personally didn’t expect was the large number of Puerto Rican baseball fans. The Puerto Rico flags were out in full force in support of Alomar. I knew that Alomar was revered in his home town of Salinas, Puerto Rico, however I never expected it to be on this level. Many were from the US, but a few had made the trip from Salinas. I’m glad that they did make the trip, because they truly made the atmosphere something special. Something I’m glad I was a part of.

While Roberto’s speech wasn’t the greatest, due to English being his second language, it was heart-felt. He started his speech in Spanish, which was a beautiful touch. I just wish I understood Spanish. Judging from the reaction of the Puerto Rican fans, they definitely approved of what he said. What I personally loved about his speech was the fact that he thanked every organization he ever played for, leaving Toronto for last. As he spoke of his time in Toronto, I felt like I was 11 again, watching my favorite player. Roberto Alomar was the reason I fell in love with this great game of baseball. It’s only fitting that I was there to watch him get inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame.

On a side note. If you ever plan on making the trip down to Cooperstown. You MUST go to the Cooperstown Diner and have the Cinnamon Roll French Toast. It is quite possibly one of the greatest things I’ve ever eaten.

What up Toronto?

It’s May, the weather is consistently in the mid teens and it’s officially patio weather. What this also means is that most of ya’ll will be heading downtown on the regular. Regardless of how you get downtown, one thing is sure, you’re gonna need something to vibe to. Wether it’s in your ride with the windows rolled down driving 2 miles an hour so everyone can see you; or in your ipod, I got you covered. Hip Hop, House and everything in between, these mixtapes will have you bumpin’ your head all summer long.

DJ M-Rock 

The Best of A Tribe Called Quest

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DJ Surreal Sound 

The Last Stand Mixtape (Hip Hop)

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Soul Shocker

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DJ Miss Kittie

Blahzay Blah

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Boot Camp Kit Sessions V.7

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