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Toronto Raptors Lose Mascot to Torn Achilles

raptors mascot torn ACLThe first devastating NBA injury of the season has happened: Raptor, Toronto’s mascot, has torn an ACL blown out his Achilles and is out for the season. It was significant enough news to trump the Raptors’ preseason loss to the Timberwolves. From the Star:

You could make a pretty good argument that the Chicken (a.k.a. The Raptor) is this franchise’s standout performer. He’s a Canadian all-star. A 19-year veteran. Doesn’t have off years. Appreciates our TV selection.

There have been nights — oh God, so many nights — when the only reason to stick around past the third quarter was to see the Inflatable Raptor ‘eat’ security guards on the sideline.

We’re not sure what he’s paid. We’re sure it’s not enough.

“My daughter cried,” coach Dwane Casey said of the news.

The Raptor has never been named in this publication. In the spirit of streaks and good wishes, we won’t do so today. But send him some anonymous love. Unlike so many others involved in this organization, he’s never let you down.

That’s just outstanding. If you haven’t seen the Raptor devour a cheerleader, well, stop what you’re doing and fast-forward to the 1-minute mark:

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