All i can say is wow.
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  1. commontongue
    Posts: 1864

    Posted 09/07/2012 9:51 PM

    Andy Kamenetzky writes that the Portland Trail Blazers were ranked No. 81 among professional sports teams in ESPN The Magazine's annual Ultimate Standings franchise rankings, a drop of 50 spots from the 2011 rankings.

    The rankings include fan sentiment, the direction of the franchise, ownership, coaching, the cost and value of cheering for the team, and the stadium experience.

    Here's Kamenetzky's write-up, which inexplicably includes quotes from some idiot.
    The Portland Trail Blazers tumbled a whopping 50 spots in our rankings, but the free fall is hardly shocking. As much as any city, Portland takes its identity from the Trail Blazers -- and it clearly didn't like what stared back in the mirror. To begin with, the team lost a face and heart in Brandon Roy. His exit (via the amnesty provision) coincided with a team collectively losing its spirit, and the squad eventually was dismantled down to the studs at the trade deadline (coach Nate McMillan included). The postseason was predictably missed, putting an ugly stamp on the campaign. "The loss of Brandon Roy was an absolute killer," says Ben Golliver of Blazers Edge. "He was as popular as any Blazer in decades ... The 2011-12 team was, at times, despised for their lack of effort and for quitting on their coach."

    In addition to being soulless, the Blazers also seemed headless. They operated without an official general manager for the entire 2011-12 season. Ex-president Larry Miller alienated himself from the fan base with, as Golliver puts it, "public bumbling and broken promises," before his eventual resignation. As for owner Paul Allen, he was reportedly among the hardest of hard-line owners during the lockout -- which didn't endear him to the fan base -- and spent less time around the team than during the previous few seasons. Figuring out who's calling the shots in that environment can be difficult. Then again, when the decisions are so unpopular, does it really matter? "The level of investment of the average fan in Portland is significantly higher than the average fan in many NBA markets," notes Golliver. "The failures of ownership and management are magnified in that environment."

    Portland ranked No. 19 out of the 30 NBA teams. No. 1 in the NBA and overall: the Oklahoma City Thunder. Here's the full chart.

    I am a fan of our new roster playing with and for eachother.
  1. commontongue
    Posts: 1864

    Posted 09/07/2012 9:53 PM

    Whats even more sickening is that this is absolutely accurate.
    I am a fan of our new roster playing with and for eachother.
  1. CarlJ1
    Posts: 399

    Posted 09/08/2012 1:18 AM

    Well you know what they say there no where to go but, up I just hope we have the people who are willing to take the journey it will be tough but, I know we can do it.
    I am a fan of Respect, Loyalty, Honor & Pride the same thing the Blazer & their true fans are made of RIP CITY STAND UP!
  1. riverman
    Posts: 1431

    Posted 09/08/2012 11:10 AM

    Did anyone really expect us to climb the ratings after firing the coach, losing our superstar and waiving our highest draft pick in recent history after yet another knee injury, trading away 3/4 of the starting lineup and missing the playoffs?
    I am a fan of A team that plays like Tower of Power on a big stage on a good night
  1. Simpson
    Posts: 303

    Posted 09/08/2012 12:52 PM

    @ riverman, nope; I expected this sort of thing too after all that (which IS a lot ;)  W/ all that stuff happening to OUR Blazers, ONLY the TRUE fans (the fickle 1's come & go & I'd rather if they went... they STAY away ;) stay AND support OUR team/guys!  :)  Even w/o getting all the awesome rooks that we did (we might have the ROY every1!  Muah!  Haha!), I'd STILL b here rooting for OUR Blazers (BUT I gotta tell ya, I AM MUCH happier/optimistic now that we got the awesome rooks that we did; they will make getting bak to being 1 of the deadliest NBA teams A LOT faster process than any1 had previously anticipated! :)!  Some teams have NEVER been serious contenders for the title; we've been fortunate enough to where OUR Blazers have won it once AND have been there a few times; w/ this group, OUR guys WILL eventually return to Championship form!  :)
    I am a fan of OUR Blazers!
  1. Siccolo
    Posts: 1250

    Posted 09/08/2012 3:36 PM

    No lie, Im a 14 year old 6'0 dude, and Ive cried thinking about the fall of the Blazers. 
    To see us not reach the success we should have got, to see my idol/favorite player retire has been so painful to endure. I will always be a fan though. Through the rouch times like we have been going though right now, to when Rip City Playoff Basketball Resserects. I love the blazers and always will. FOREVER A BLAZER FAN!!!!!!!

    lol kinda sappy

    When I get older what kidna of Blazer tatoo should I get and where?!? Thanks
    I am a fan of This Quote "One Love. One Heart. One Human race."
  1. kenny c.
    kenny c.
    Posts: 418

    Posted 09/10/2012 4:23 AM

    This is truth
    I am a fan of Winning
  1. DHawes22
    Posts: 6488

    Posted 09/10/2012 11:55 AM

    This listing is 90% performance on the court, 10% everything else. When you lose two building blocks of the franchise, it's going to look bleak for some time.
    I am a fan of
  1. commontongue
    Posts: 1864

    Posted 09/10/2012 12:21 PM

    Hey Siccolo, get you a muscle bound fierce looking raindrop tattoo ripping a backboard in half .
    I am a fan of our new roster playing with and for eachother.
  1. schwabbii
    Posts: 205

    Posted 09/13/2012 5:25 PM

    Get some three goggles!
    I am a fan of
  1. uprised
    Posts: 136

    Posted 09/13/2012 6:47 PM

    Sometimes the truth hurts.  
    I am a fan of winning
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