Big Cat's Corner | ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Big Cat's Corner We’re two-thirds of the way into the 66-game season. We usually have an 82-game season, but even though we’re playing lesser games, the frequency makes it seem like a full season…and then some! Normally we would play four games a week at the most—and that would only happen once or twice during the season—but now, sometimes we have five or six games a week and trust me boy, it’s starting to take its toll on this veteran’s body!

Traveling can be tiring! From the arenas, to the hotels, to practice, to the flights, and airports, and buses, and back to the arena, it is definitely exhausting. Thankfully, the Raptors have done their best to make our accommodations as comfortable as possible and Air Canada provides the team with a chartered plane.

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Big Cat's Corner | MARCH BREAK
Thursday, 08 March 2012

Big Cat's Corner It’s been a nice winter. Decent weather. Not too cold for my first season back in Canada. It’s no Miami…but it’s definitely been refreshing. This is the time of year when spring is just around the corner, and everybody is ready to transition into a new mode. I think I can speak for most people when I say that I’m ready to shake off the winter and get ready for some sunshine!

I remember when I was young, March Break was always that sign that the school year was almost done…almost. It was so important to have that week off to relax and refresh. We didn’t realize it at the time, but we probably physically needed that rest before finishing off the school year. I didn’t do much during March Break as a child, but hang around and just enjoy my time off with my friends.

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Big Cat's Corner | COHESION IN OUR COMMUNITY
Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Big Cat's Corner I love my community. I love my culture. I love my history. I love it all. But boy…I can’t stand the badmindedness! As much as there is greatness to celebrate and appreciate, I think we can improve in the area of cohesiveness.

It’s everywhere…not just in our community. I know every race and culture has their own qualms about one another, their own pet peeves and their own wish list of things they want for their people. At the top of my wish list: I wish our people would learn to support one another better.

A simple thing. But easier said than done.

So February comes, it’s Black History Month. It’s all about Martin Luther King’s dream and coming together and who invented such-and-such, and big speeches, and even bigger events and corporate recognition, holding hands, and all is good in the world and everyone is optimistic. And then March 1st comes and sometimes all of that positive thinking and community building disappears. The spotlight is off for another eleven months, and some of us seem to quickly forget about the bigger picture: the unity, the history, and the future of our community.

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Big Cat's Corner | REMEMBERING ST. TIMOTHY'S
Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Big Cat's Corner The Raptors have had a series of home games these past few weeks, which has given me time to get some rest (no flights!) and reconnect with the city. This past Sunday, I also had the opportunity to attend church, which was a nice luxury. I went church in the neighbourhood where I grew up and attended elementary school: St. Timothy’s Catholic Church.

As I listened to the priest, I couldn’t help but reflect on how fortunate I have been. I was grateful for my health and strength, and grateful that I had the opportunity to sit in the very place of worship where I would sit as a child. It was a nice feeling to be back.

Back in the day, I used to sneak my hand into the offering slot and attempt to take money out. Horrible, I know, but I was a child and it seemed like a good idea at the time. Now that I’m in a position to give back to the church, it feels good. Not out of guilt for my childhood mischief…but just out of gratitude! Out of thankfulness! Out of appreciation that God has never left me.

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