Eight questions from the Raptors’ first 8-game losing streak since 2012

Title: Eight questions from the Raptors’ first 8-game losing streak since 2012
Date: March 21, 2021
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I went into eight questions that are unavoidable as a result of the Raptors’ first eight-game losing streak since 2012.

I was never a particularly skilled minor hockey player. I wasn’t bad, but much like my basketball, lacrosse and baseball careers — and arguably my writing one, too — any success was driven more by strength, smarts and effort than skill. Outworking people can get you pretty far. Once you hit a certain age, suddenly you’re now an undersized defenceman and your status in even Single-A can be put in peril. Your numbers might sag accordingly.

Luckily, there was Flamborough.

Flamborough wasn’t in the same division as us in Cambridge, but because of the proximity, we played them in exhibition games once a year or so. When you’re a kid, exhibition versus regular season doesn’t really matter; stats are stats. Your hockey card looked like whatever you told your school friends the next day. One year, I was moved to the wing as a trial against Flamborough in a midseason exhibition game. I don’t remember the specifics, other than we blew them out as usual and I had seven points. (This is going somewhere, promise.) Everyone needs a Flamborough once in a while, even if it only prolongs the inevitable conclusion.

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