My Blazers Story (How I became a fan)
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  1. BlazeTheTrail
    Posts: 21

    Posted 02/17/2011 8:07 PM

    So I wasn't sure where to post this. Not sure how many looks it would get in the off-topic board, but I’m afraid of spamming the main board if this isn’t appropriate. Mods, you can move this if it isn’t.

    I figured I'd share my odd route to becoming a Blazers fan.

    As some background information - I'm a 22 year old college student living in South Florida. As a kid (maybe 9 or 10) I randomly started following Portland, during the Sabonis/Grant/Stoudemire/Wells days. After a couple of years, my interests turned almost exclusively to hockey (yes, hockey in S. FLA) and football.

    I host a sports talk show at my college's radio station, and my co-host is the prototypical American sports fan. Big into everything, including basketball, and not hockey. In order to get myself back into basketball, we held a segment called "The Decision" mocking Lebron's. The goal was to finally help me choose my official NBA team in order to get me following basketball on a regular basis. People called in and suggested a bunch of teams, and I had a list I made up of some of my personal favorites.

    It would have been very easy to pick the Heat, living right in the heart of Heat country, but it didn't sit right with me. The whole attitude turned me off, and I knew right away that I wasn't comfortable choosing them.

    The final three ended up being Atlanta, Oklahoma City (which had a strong push, people urging me to get on with a young team as a new fan) and of course Portland.

    At the beginning, I had pretty much narrowed it to Atlanta and Oklahoma City, feeling strange attractions to both teams. I went to the store to pick a hat (that was the gimmick – I was going to reveal my choice by donning a hat on the air). They didn’t end up having hats of any of the finalists here, so I decided to go the jersey route.

    I noticed, about a day or two before “The Decision” that I was having an extraordinarily difficult time in my mind, choosing between the Hawks and Thunder. One minute I was envisioning a Joe Johnson jersey, and the next it was Kevin Durant. However, I never felt THAT enthused about it. It finally dawned on me that the reason I wasn’t excited about this was that neither team actually felt right.

    The day before “The Decision,” I woke up thinking about Portland. I recalled the enjoyment I had watching them in the late 90’s/early 2000’s. I remembered saying “Arvydusssss Sabonissss” in my public address voice. It was settled. I went to the store and got my red, Brandon Roy jersey, and revealed it on the show the following day.

    Ever since, it’s felt completely right, and I know I made the right choice. I’ve watched the nationally televised games, and followed the others on CBS Sportsline’s game tracker.

    I’m a Blazer for life, and I love it! I just wish I could see them in person, and I wish it was easier to find merchandise for the team. I ordered a sweet Blazers hat on the internet for the holidays, and wore it today around campus. I may be the only one not rooting for the Heat down here, but I could care less.

    Go Blazers!
    I am a fan of cheering the Blazers on from South Florida!
  1. blazerdarren77
    Posts: 216

    Posted 02/17/2011 9:36 PM

    hope you got a ticket to see them play the heat on march 8.
    I am a fan of THE ROSE GARDEN FOREVER!!!
  1. Tobyus Sanchezo
    Tobyus Sanchezo
    Posts: 1669

    Posted 02/17/2011 11:07 PM

    I became a Blazer fan cuz of Merlin, he can see the future n' stuff.
    I am a fan of multiple All-Stars on the Blazers roster this season!
  1. Lapinnoir
    Posts: 43

    Posted 02/18/2011 12:14 AM

    Great post was a pleasure to read, look forward to more posts from you in the future.
    I am a fan of a team who values integrity and shows great heart.
  1. Justin.Molter
    Posts: 53

    Posted 02/18/2011 10:12 AM

    This looks like it would make a great blog BlazeTheTrail!
    I am a fan of
  1. ***Jason***
    Posts: 259

    Posted 02/18/2011 2:44 PM

    That's awesome! Maybe just my opinion, but the Blazer hat in south Florida is WAY cooler than a Heat hat. i hope you got a flat bill. There are a lot of front runner Heat fans now, and nobody can call you a front runner down there rockin the pin wheel. You made the right choice.
    I am a fan of Im a fan of the nba, players and owners, doing what they have to to earn the fans back.
  1. BlazeTheTrail
    Posts: 21

    Posted 02/20/2011 8:21 PM

    Thanks for the feedback everyone!

    @blazerfan7 - I haven't yet - as you can imagine tickets are crazy here. But I'm definitely going to try.

    Thanks Lappinoir!

    Thanks Justin - should've put it there I suppose, but who knows who would've found it. :)

    Jason - I definitely enjoy rocking the hat down here. This is the one I got ( It looks sick! Almost everyone is a bandwagoner down here and it feels good to know I'm not one. Thanks!
    I am a fan of cheering the Blazers on from South Florida!
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