By Fred Wallace
Hi, this is Fred Wallace with " Off the Wire. "
The beautiful thing about sports is that there's always hope, there's always promise of a better tomorrow.
You don't have to go far from where I'm sitting to see that exhibited at the professional level in Toronto, and it doesn't matter which major sport we're discussing.
In the NBA, the Raptors are in the Eastern Conference Final against the Milwaukee Bucks, a series that opened last night.
The Raptors have never won a championship since entering the Association in 1995.
But, the hope is they can survive Milwaukee and then defeat likely Golden State, maybe Portland, for an NBA title.
Then there's the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The Leafs made news this week with a contract extension for team president and alternate governor Brendan Shanahan
Shanahan has been with the Leafs since April of 2014.
Of course, Toronto hasn't won the Stanley Cup since 1967 and since Shanahan joined the franchise, they've missed the playoffs twice and lost in the opening round the past 3 years.
But Shanahan gives the Leafs stability at the top, and keeps the promise alive for their fans.
And finally, we see the Toronto Blue Jays who haven't won the World Series since 1993.
The Jays have made just 2 playoff appearances in the interim and there's NO WAY, they'll get to the playoffs this year.
........BUT Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit his first 2 homers this week at San Francisco, which rekindles hope for the future.
Which brings up the natural question, who will win a title next ?
The Raptors ?
The Leafs ?
Or the Jays ? .....or TFC ?
The likely answer is the CFL Argos, a team in a league that Torontonians are generally indifferent to.
I'm Fred Wallace