Toronto Raptors Mascot Tears Achilles, Will Miss Entire Season

By Connor Muldowney
Toronto Raptors
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In possibly the most devastating news of the day, word has come out of the Toronto Raptors camp that The Raptor, the team’s mascot, has suffered a season-ending Achilles injury. What does this mean for the team up north moving forward? Let’s just say the city will be stripped of any and all spirit.

This has to be the biggest loss the city has ever suffered since losing Tracy McGrady and Vince Carter from the glory days. The Raptor has been with this team game in and game out, through the good times and the bad. All cliches aside, the fiery-red mascot has been one of the most dedicated in the league and this loss has to be crushing to all those involved with the organization.

Head coach Dwane Casey knows just how much this lovable mascot means to the team and the city:

“I was disappointed. My daughter cried, you know, she was upset. He’s a good man. He’ll bounce back. He’s in good hands with the physicians. The Raptor will be back, he will be back. We need his spirit.”

This injury is single-handedly making young Raptors fans cry. Wait until they get older and have to cry at the end of each season knowing that their favorite team is nothing more than the definition of mediocrity.

While this injury might devastate the entire city and leave young fans crying, wondering where their favorite mascot is. I’m not sure how this mascot doesn’t strike fear into young fans and even opponents with his prehistoric look and sharp, jagged teeth.

Perfect idea: the Raptors could call up Chris Bosh and have him act as the mascot for the remainder of the season. He’s not doing too much this year anyway and he looks just like the previous mascot.

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