Here's the problem, this is exactly how the Mayor of Toronto should feel. He should feel slighted by an online poll that quite clearly disparaged his entire jurisdiction. He should take pride in the fact that the Raptors advanced when everyone and their mother had picked the Heat before the series had even started. He should get a kick out of Dwyane Wade sitting at home - removing his 15th pair of kneepads that somehow hold whatever cartilage is left in his knees together - after he clearly showed a lack of respect for his country. He just shouldn't be taking time out of his day to write about it.
You want to people to treat you like North America's 4th largest city? Start acting like it. Stop responding to every little joke made at your expense. That's something "other" would do. If Toronto is that special then there simply has to be something more important to do than acknowledging a completely useless ballot that no one with a brain, job, or hobby is even taking part in. Even if there isn't something more important to do on a random Tuesday afternoon just pretend there is. Maybe have Norm Kelly throw a couple corny Dad jokes CBS' way on Twitter. Don't bust out the official letter head to defend yourself against something as insignificant as the opinion of those engaging in internet surveys. Toronto is never going to be a big time NBA city is they keep showing their insecurities at every turn. Like I said, I would feel exactly the same way if I were John Tory. However, I would just internalize it and keep it in the memory bank in case the unthinkable happens. That's when you start writing defensive PSA's, not before the Cavaliers measure you up and potentially do turn you into the "other" team in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Update: He beat me to the punch...