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Toronto mayor rips CBS Sports, Wade and Heat for poll slight

Toronto Mayor John Tory walks the red carpet at the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game at Ricoh Coliseum on Friday, February 12, 2016, in Toronto, ON.
Toronto Mayor John Tory walks the red carpet at the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game at Ricoh Coliseum on Friday, February 12, 2016, in Toronto, ON. Ryan Emberley/Invision/AP

The Toronto Raptors may be in this year’s edition of the NBA’s final four, yet an webpoll still online Tuesday morning asking fans to choose who would win the championship left them out.

CBSSports.com published a webpoll Tuesday giving fans four choices in who would win the NBA title this season: Golden State, Oklahoma City, Cleveland or OTHER.

Toronto, obviously, is the other.

And Toronto mayor John Tory noticed.

CBS tried to defend itself via Twitter Tuesday morning, writing the poll had been up since before the Raptors beat the Heat in Game 7 of their second-round series on Sunday.

“We love you Canada!” the now-deleated tweet read.

The hashtag ‘WeTheOther’ began trending, a clever nod to the Raptors’ slogan of ‘We The North.’

Tory later fired off a letter to Sean McManus, the chairman of CBS Sports.

“I thought I would write to you about the questionable value represented by your poll on the most likely winner of the NBA Championship,” Tory wrote in a missive also sent out through Twitter.

After extoling Toronto’s large population, Tory continued by writing “we’re not the slight bit offended,” before continuing to sound a slight bit offended.

Tory wrote his town is used to being slighted and mentioned LeBron James saying “it would be great” to play the Miami Heat — LeBron’s former team, mind you — in the east finals.

The Toronto mayor made sure to mention the Raptors’ most recent vanquished foe, calling the Heat “a team that’s now golfing.”

Tory didn’t mention that his hockey-playing Toronto Maple Leafs have been golfing since last month, but, whatever.

Tory continued on with his Miami theme, writing “Dwyane Wade thought he could take practice shots during our national anthem. Well we showed him how we feel about that.”

Wade did apologize for continuing to shoot during the playing of ‘O Canada’ at AmericanAirlines Arena before Game 3.

The final part of the letter mentioned a championship parade through the streets of Toronto for the Raptors — one his Leafs haven’t partaken since winning their last Stanley Cup back in 1967.

“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,” Tory wrote.

“We will mark their space as ‘other’.”

By Tuesday night, the CBS sports website had a new poll up offering fans to vote for their choice in the Eastern Conference finals: Cleveland or, yes, the Raptors.

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