Lithuania And The Raptors: A Comparison

Posted: November 18, 2012 in Uncategorized
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Lithuania and the Raptors have more in common than you might think.

Today’s game was billed as “Lithuanian Heritage Night”, which made me stop and think for a couple of reasons. First of all, I wondered how a game played at 1pm could possibly considered a “night”. But more importantly, I wondered if there was more to our connection with Lithuania than just the two bearded gentlemen pictured above. So I did a bit of research, and found that Toronto Raptors organization and the country of Lithuania match up pretty well.

The Republic of Lithuania The Toronto Raptors
Country name begins with an L. Most games end with an L.
Located at the geographic centre of Europe. Located at the geographic centre of the universe.
Last occupied by the Soviets in 1990. Last occupied the playoffs in 2008.
President Dalia Grybauskaite, nicknamed “The Iron Lady”, has a black belt in Karate. Coach Dwane Casey, nickname pending, has a Frequent Buyer card at Baskin Robbins.
The Rock Pigeon, a national bird, is celebrated in the month of April. The Rock, a symbol of commitment to defensive play, is celebrated until the playoffs begin in April.
Part of the economically-challenged European Union. Part of the winning-incapable Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment.



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