Monday, 17 June 2019

The Toronto Raptors’ Victory Parade

This morning I was at the Princes’ Gates, the entrance to the CNE, to watch the start of the Toronto Raptor's 2019 Victory Parade. It was crowded. It was fun!

Here are some pictures of the crowd.

The parade starts. Below is a shot of a band marching by. Ha! It got better.

Here's the better part of the parade!

This girl was smart. She brought a fold-up stool!

Here comes the show!

The trophy! So much jostling around I never got a shot of the MVP award.

The workers at the nearby condos had a great, yet far away overview of the parade.

And then it was over. Here's the crowd filtering out. Many more followed the parade or went to Coronation Park across the road to watch the celebrations from City Hall. It was a fun morning. I'm looking forward to next year's celebration!

Saturday, 15 June 2019

Toronto Wolfpack Run Over the Dewsbury Rams

This afternoon, the Toronto Wolfpack (15-1) played host to the Dewsbury Rams (4-12) at Lamport Stadium or what we affectionately know it as, "the Den".  It was a cool day, and threatened rain as you can see by the cameraman behind us. Thankfully it held off.

The Canadian Heritage Warplane Museum is about a 40 minute drive away and home to one of only four, WW2 Lancaster Bombers still flying in the world. We see it in the air over Toronto regularly and it flew over again today. Always cool to see.

Some pregame activities.

The Wolfpack Dance Squad

Here come the Wolfpack!.

God save the Queen and Oh Canada are sung.

Opening kickoff!

Some first quarter action.

At halftime the Wolfpack led 40-4.

The beer garden is popular throughout the game and for two hours afterwards.

Second half action.

No, this isn't a lovely moment. This Dewsbury player took a hard hit and didn't move for a few moments. He's being checked out by the teams physiotherapist.

In the end, the Wolfpack took the match, 70-8 in front of 6,735 fans. The visiting teams fans always sit on the east side of the stadium. After the game the Dewsbury players go over to salute them.

Toronto now has an 8 point lead on first place going into next Saturday's home game against the second place Toulouse Olympique. It should be a loud fun game and of course, Teena and I will be there.