Ah, the 1990s … when gas was a dollar a gallon, Jenny McCarthy wasn’t making sociopolitical statements and all you needed to launch an expansion team was a bad market and the color purple (or teal). It was a time that gave us the Colorado Rockies, the Florida Marlins, the Vancouver Grizzlies and the most 1990s team of all, the Toronto Raptors. You saw Jurassic Park, didn’t you? Of course you did! And you loved it, right? Of course you did! HERE, HAVE A BASKETBALL TEAM. If they’d come along a few years later they would’ve been the “Toronto Independence Days.”
If you’re like me, you’ll be horrified to realize that Jurassic Park was released 20 years ago and that you are now old and think movies where dinosaurs eat guys on the toilet are dumb. Not Jurassic Park, though, the other ones. Jurassic Park is still amazing. But yeah, time marches on, the Florida Marlins go black and neon (and depressing) and become Miami, the Vancouver Grizzles drop the teal and relocate to Tennessee to become a real team, and the kids of 2013 don’t immediately think “RAPTORS” when you ask them to name something cool.
From The National Post: