Raptors Reasonablists, Volume III, Part IV: Royal Rumble Reasonablists

Title:Raptors Reasonablists, Volume III, Part IV: Royal Rumble Reasonablists
Date: January 28, 2019
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: Eric Koreen and I will be doing a semi-regular email exchange column about the Raptors, dubbing ourselves The Reasonablists. The latest edition was a live running commentary of Raptors-Mavericks and the Royal Rumble.

Welcome to another edition of Raptors Reasonablists Royal Rumble Reasonablists with Eric Koreen and Blake Murphy. Throughout the year, Raptors staff writers Koreen and Murphy discuss hot-button issues surrounding the Raptors Royal Rumble, but with an even-keeled approach in pursuit of finding a reasonable middle ground. If we have faith in anything, it is that reasonable middle grounds lead to: a) workable long-term solutions; b) increased empathy and understanding for others; and c) more wins — at least more wins when they truly matter — probably. We hold these truths to be self-evident, and we hold these truths to be good truths.

The Pre-Show

Murphy: Eric, let me tell you the problem with American wrestling. Or one of the problems, rather. Because we all keep this kayfabe of time zones that shouldn’t actually exist, Japanese wrestling has the benefit of coming on in the middle of the night for us here, allowing for people like me to just roll right through from Raptors-Spurs I to Wrestle Kingdom. We’re not as lucky with WWE, and so we run into the second-greatest conflict of my career: the 2019 Royal Rumble overlapping with our latest look at the Raptors against Luka Doncic and perhaps our last look at Dirk Nowitzki. (The only greater travesty of scheduling was when Raptors-Magic, Raptors 905-Austin Spurs in the G League Finals and Wrestlemania all overlapped last year.)

We are nothing if not resourceful, though. The Royal Rumble demands it. And so here we are, skinning the cat as the NBA schedulers try to toss us out of the Royal Rumble coverage mix. For the next several hours, we’ll both be watching Raptors-Mavericks and the Royal Rumble, performing a live Reasonablists as we go. What we discuss will be entirely at the mercy of the entertainment in front of us. Doncic is catching fire? Well, Kofi Kingston just did his annual elimination-avoiding stunt. Ronda Rousey is defending her title? Well, Nowitzki just hit a one-legged fadeaway over Serge Ibaka. You get it. And obviously, the Raptors get preferential treatment in the event of a tie unless it involves Becky Lynch.

Continue reading at The Athletic.

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