You might consider yourself a true Toronto Raptors fan.
Sorry, but you’re going to have to take a place in line behind Angie Taylor, Tyler Seaton, and Zac and Doug Tiessen.
Most likely way back in line.
On Saturday afternoon, they were the first four people queued up in the corral for Jurassic Park, the fan space outside Scotiabank Arena where ticketless Raptors aficionados gather to celebrate communally while viewing televisually on game nights.
The fifth and possibly deciding game between the Raptors and the Golden State Warriors for the NBA crown — which would be a first for the Raptors — isn’t until Monday night.
They started lining up at 12:30 a.m. Saturday. Game time isn’t until 9 p.m. Monday, which will mean a wait of nearly three days — standing, sitting and sleeping alongside busy Lake Shore Blvd. as the cars whiz by 24-7. They’ll take turns snoozing in their single cot.
“I just wanted to be here to witness history,” Taylor said, as Seaton nodded in agreement. They’ve brought with them a tent, a small portable grill, food for several days, a bar of soap and dry shampoo to use for freshening up in a nearby washroom.
Taylor has a book to read — comedian Russell Brand’s Recovery: Freedom From Our Addictions. Seaton doesn’t have a book, but he has a case of beer “in case I get bored.”
“She planned it all,” said Seaton, who grilled a steak for himself and Taylor to share for lunch.
“Our plan is to eat up all the food, and then take the tent back to the car.”
The two pals have technically been in line for more than a day longer. They first joined the Jurassic Park queue at 10:30 a.m. Friday, to watch the Raptors trounce the Warriors on their western road trip, in Game 4 of the best-of-seven NBA championship series.
Soon after the game ended late Friday, Seaton and Taylor grabbed their camping gear and got right back in line to wait for Monday’s game.
The pair were also in Jurassic Park last Wednesday, for Game 3 of the Finals. They’ve been working their way forward in the line, mirroring the Raptors’ season-long steady progress toward No. 1.
“We were probably 30 or 40 back for Friday’s game,” Seaton said. “The game before that, we were 950 back.”
Now they’re at No. 1 and 2, just ahead of the Tiessens of Stoney Creek, Ont.: father Doug, 55, and son Zac, 22.
The Tiessens are relative johnny-come-latelies, having joined the Jurassic Park queue at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. They were surprised to find just two people ahead of them, Taylor and Seaton.
“We thought there would be a hundred, at least,” Zac said.
“We just showed up and saw them and said, ‘Hey, great, at least two people are here!’” Doug said.
Doug has brought with him C.S. Lewis’s fantasy book The Chronicles of Narnia: The Last Battle, which seems like an appropriate read to prepare for Game 5. Zac, a musician, has a music textbook he plans to peruse to while away the hours.
Their original plan was to begin queuing up Sunday afternoon for Monday’s game, which almost seems like a normal thing to do, considering how Raptors fever is raging these days.
“But my wife said, ‘Why don’t you go tomorrow (Saturday)? I’ll get the food ready,’” Doug explained. “So it was her idea to get here this early.”
Doug’s wife, Julie, is almost as ardent a Raptors fan as her husband and son. But she didn’t want to camp out next to Lake Shore Blvd. for three days. Go figure.
“We’ve been watching all the games together (on TV), but she wants to be in a nice, warm place,” Doug said.
Not all family members of the Jurassic Park early birds have been so supportive.
Taylor said some killjoy relatives consider her an “idiot” to line up for days outside an arena, just to watch a game on television.
And Zac said he had to do some explaining to his skeptical grandmother.
“I called my grandma on the way here and she actually didn’t believe me. She thought I was lying, at first. And then I explained it to her, and she said, ‘Oh, I guess it actually is really exciting.’”
He promised more excitement if the Star returns to their spot on Monday.
“We’re going to do you the favour of passing out on the pavement!”
Peter Howell is the Star’s movie critic based in Toronto. Follow him on Twitter: @peterhowellfilm