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Raptors fans trend #WeTheOther after perceived CBS poll snub

On Tuesday morning, Raptors fans found an online poll on CBSSports.com that asked its readers which team would win the NBA Championship. They were aghast that, instead of "Raptors," the poll listed the team from Toronto as "Other."

CBSSports.com poll asked who would win title: Warriors, Thunder, Cavs or 'Other'

On Tuesday morning, Raptors fans found an online poll on CBSSports.com that asked its readers which team would win the NBA Championship. 

They were aghast that, instead of "Raptors," the poll listed the team from Toronto as "Other." 

In response, sports writers and Raptors fans embraced the moniker and coined their own twist on the team's "We The North" slogan 

And as news of the CBS poll with the missing option spread…

…the results shifted  

And other polls on Toronto websites sprang up in response 

 

On late Tuesday morning, an explanation was published. According to CBS Sports, the omission wasn't a snub against Toronto – it was simply an old poll that hadn't been updated 

The poll option "Other" was changed to "Raptors" on CBSSports.com shortly thereafter.

The name had stuck, however. It even got a mention on the Twitter profile page of the Raptors themselves.

It also inspired Toronto Mayor John Tory to pen a delightfully tongue-in-cheek letter about the perceived slight.

The letter, presented on official City of Toronto letterhead, is addressed to the chairman of CBS Sports – and in true Canadian fashion, it's as sharply snarky as it is polite.

"We're not the slightest bit offended. In fact, we're accustomed to being underestimated," it reads. "Just a few days ago LeBron James said he was looking forward to playing the Heat — a team that is now golfing."

"In Toronto, North America's 4th largest city, it's actually quite exciting for us to have our Raptors in the Conference Finals – a first for a Canadian team," Tory continued. "Especially since basketball was actually invented by a Canadian. You're welcome!"

"Please don't hesitate to have your people call my office to get prime camera positions for the parade after the Toronto Raptors win the NBA Championship," the mayor concluded.

"We will mark their space as 'other.'"

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