Raps deserve your devotion

JODY VANCE -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 7:32 AM ET

I have an apology to make. It may be too little too late to actually see it accepted, but I'm going on the assumption that it's never too late to try.

Bryan Colangenlo, Sam Mitchell, everyone associated with the Toronto Raptors, I am sorry for not giving you your due this season.

Sold-out arenas -- check. Die-hard fans -- check. Exciting games, night in and night out -- check.

So why is this just the third time this season that I have written about the Toronto Raptors?

I have no excuse.

What I can do is guarantee the trend will change.

Call me a bandwagon jumper -- I probably deserve it -- but the priority here is giving the sports spotlight where the sports spotlight is due.

The Raptors have earned our attention. Sure it started slowly for Toronto leading some to fear deja vu all over again when they started 2-8 in their first 10 games.

Wow, how things have changed since.

Seemingly out of nowhere we would hear news on "the first-place Raptors" -- then Sunday punctuation came in the form of home-court advantage for round one of the playoffs.

This may be a hockey-crazed nation, but something tells me that should Chris Bosh and the boys find themselves going against Vince Carter and the Nets in the first round, this will all go to a whole new level.

They've got me enthralled and I will be watching on The Score tonight as Toronto goes for their seventh straight victory and with it a new franchise record for wins in the regular season with 48.

The drama will only build from there as eventually we will see some spectacularly dramatic matchups.

Toronto sports fans love a winner, so now is the time to take notice of the winner right under your CN Tower.

Consider the hype around a Raptors/Nets first-round match-up, If things go well for Toronto, it will be Vince Carter apologizing next.

Jody Vance is a sportscaster with Leafs TV. Her columns appear Tuesdays and Thursdays in 24 hours. 


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