Maybe it’s because no Canadian team has won a title in any of the big four North American professional sports (hockey, baseball, NFL football or basketball) in a very long time.
Since then: zippo.
So that might explain why things things are getting just a little bit crazy in Toronto.
In a good way, of course.
It is Toronto, after all.
And over what, exactly?
A basketball team, game and series.
The Toronto Raptors host the Golden State Warriors tonight in Game One the National Basketball Association championship series,
Actually, nobody should really be all that surprised that the game has struck a nerve.
A closer look reveals that some of the best basketball players in the world are playing in scholastic and amateur leagues in Toronto.
Many will tell you basketball is the fastest growing sport in Canada.
And it is apparently is paying off for a lot of kids with dreams of glory.
Canada now has the most players not born in the United States in the NBA (13 at the start of the season).
And there is no shortage of star power and brilliance to stir the emotions in this series.
The Raptors are led by a brilliant Zen master of a player from California named Kawhi Leonard, possessor of an uncanny ability to bide is time until he is really needed to secure victory and then provide it (at least so far).
Should the Warriors win this series, there are few who would disagree that will have to be included in any future conversations about the greatest teams of all time.
But get this: the Raptors are slightly favoured. Very slighty–mainly, some would say, because they hold the homecourt advantage over the next seven games, an advantage, of course, that disappears should they lose tonight.
With any luck at all, this could get really, really good.
Enough to make people forget the last 26 years?
Heck, that’s why they play.
Looking for an omen?
With files from CP, AP, Sports Illustrated, FiveThirtyEight, Sportsnet