Raps playoff promotion has me seeing red

JODY VANCE -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 7:06 AM ET

First and foremost, I applaud Toronto basketball fans for showing their support so emphatically for the Raptors this weekend -- I also applaud the club for coming up with a uniform way for them to be united behind their team.

"The Sea of Red" set the tone at the Air Canada Centre Saturday for the Raps playoff opener vs. Vince Carter and the New Jersey Nets -- it was impressive.

Fans were loud, and it looked like just about every single solitary one of them donned bright red t-shirts the club handed out at the door.

The playoffs have arrived in the Big Smoke, and the faithful showed their preparedness to drive the fan bandwagon as deep into this thing as they possibly can.

Then the teams took to the floor.

Could it be? Was it possible? This couldn't be right! Was Vince Carter, public enemy numero-uno for Raptor fans, wearing the same colour as the sea of fans surrounding him?

My eyes searched for, and quickly found, Chris Bosh --wearing white. Of course he was wearing white as a league rule mandates the home team must wear white in the post-season. So, why a sea of red? Why not stage a white-out?

Even the annoying balloons fans wave behind the basket were red. I've always questioned their effectiveness to begin with, but I'm sure the idea isn't colour coordination -- contrast distracts and distraction needs to be the goal when it comes to those balloons.

Purple, white even black ... anything but red.

Realizing what the plan was on Bay Street, the Nets of course chose to wear their alternate red jerseys, therefore winning "Project Runway" prior to winning Game 1 at the ACC.

In fact, Richard Jefferson thanked the fans of Toronto for their hospitality and support in donning the visiting team's colours.

Canadians are well known as gracious hosts, but this is ridiculous.

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


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