Last night the Raps played – and won! – Game 1 of the NBA Playoffs and it began in the most memorable way!
First of all, let’s talk about the national anthem. The Canadian anthem, that is. Obviously, since the playoffs are happening inside the Disney World bubble, they can’t just bring in a singer to perform the anthem. Thanks, Covid. Instead, the Canadian anthem was sung by an incredible musician, in an incredible way.
Have you heard of the CN Tower? According to Wikipedia, it’s the third tallest tower in the world and easily the tallest in the Northern Hemisphere at 1815.4 feet. That’s 553.33 meters. 21784.8 inches. 55333 centimeters. A lot. It’s tall.
Tourists can travel up an elevator to the viewing deck of the CN Tower, which is 1122 feet above the ground. If you want to spend some serious cash – a minimum of $195 CAD – you can strap on a safety harness and do the EdgeWalk around the outside perimeter of the observation deck.
Back to the Raptors game… Guess where international recording star Jessie Reyez was kneeling as she sang her gorgeous rendition of Oh Canada? Yup, on the Edgewalk. Watch this video from the Raptors’ Twitter feed and you’ll see Jessie and the city of Toronto in the distance. I’ve been to the CN Tower and let me tell you, you couldn’t pay ME to do the EdgeWalk, nevermind kneel on it ALONE and SING. This woman has my respect.
Oh, and she wore a mask with Breonna Taylor’s name on it. Because Black Lives STILL Matter, whether playoffs are happening or not. #sayhername
National Anthems. NBA Playoffs. Game 1 Toronto Raptors vs Brooklyn Nets. 4pm est. pic.twitter.com/ok0GW8RlMG— Still no arrests. #BreonnaTaylor (@Jessiereyez) August 17, 2020
Now that I’ve blown your mind with that information, let’s discuss how the game starters were introduced.
Tonight’s starters were Marc Gasol, Pascal Siakam, OG Anunoby, Fred VanVleet, and Kyle Lowry and each one of them was introduced by recordings of their family members! Gasol’s adorable son and daughter were SO adorable with their little accents! Pascal’s brother is obviously his #1 fan, and Kyle’s boys were unbelievable with their “L-L-L-L-LOWRY!”
Of course, the Raps triumphed over the Nets, 110-134, so I’d say these introductions pumped the boys up in just the right way. If I were one of these starters, I’d never want a boring ol’ announcer to call me into the game ever again. The standard has been set!
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