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This Is What Happens When You Diss the Toronto Raptors

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Toronto’s mayor, John Tory, was feeling some type of way after seeing that the Toronto Raptors were left out of a poll by CBSSports.com — and like most sports fans, took to his Twitter account to air his grievances.

The poll in question asked fans who they thought would win the NBA Finals, giving them four options to choose from: the Golden State Warriors, the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Cleveland Cavaliers and “other.”

Since the Raptors are the only other team in the playoffs not listed in the poll, Tory took offense on his hometown team’s behalf. The mayor wrote a scathing response to CBS Sports chairman, Sean McManus, in which he, much like Birdman, asked McManus to put some respect on his city’s name.

In his response, Tory took shots at CBS Sports, the Miami Heat, and even Dwyane Wade. He then posted the whole thing to Twitter, even adding a personalized hashtag, #WetheOther.

While this is a fierce and admirable defense of the city’s very earnest basketball team, Tory got upset up for nothing because it turns out that the poll was created before the Raptors beat the Heat. CBS Sports explained the unfortunate timing in a since-deleted tweet, showing there was no intentional shade thrown toward Toronto and the Raptors. Although, given the track record of sensitivity and defensiveness of Toronto’s residents — Drake, Norm Kelly — perhaps there should be.

Tory, Kelly, Drake…maybe Toronto is just a haven for people with all the feelings to reside.

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Write to Cady Lang at cady.lang@timemagazine.com