Mar 26

Bonding over the Blazers

By Kassandra Posted in: Blazers, ChrisJohnson, geraldwallace
The little brown-haired girl's dad was sitting on the couch watching his favorite team play. All of two-years old, she was already entrenched in her role as daddy's little girl. She crawled up on the couch and plopped herself next to him.

He smiled.

Watching this team was an event in the household. This was the home-town team. Mom would be tending the baby, lifting her eyes to the television to see a great play. The girl's older brothers, ages six and four, would take time out from their tussling match to watch portions of the action on the screen. They were fans too, but had little time and patience for their little sister as she posed her questions.

"What's that?" she would ask her father. "Why did that guy run over there? What is a rebound?" 

She was curious and he liked that, though he probably wasn't very pleased with her timing. He would do his best to explain the play to her while the action was still going on. If he was annoyed, he hid it well.

It was late in the fourth quarter. Their team was battling in a close game. 

The girl was still asking questions of her dad. In the midst of the action, she asked him another.

He took an impatient breath and began turning toward her. "honey, just a ..." He stopped. He wanted to wait until a timeout or at least a stoppage of play before answering her. The game was going down to the wire.

He wanted to ask her to wait a moment, but he couldn't.

His daughter's bright, big brown eyes were looking up at him. He simply smiled and answered her question. She was more important to him than a basketball game. She felt the same for him.

*      *      *

I don't remember exactly what I asked my dad during that game -- or any other game for that matter -- I am sure it was an excuse to spend time with him; to share something which he loved with him.

Though in college now, I still am daddy's little girl and always will be. Seeing his love for the Blazers, it rubbed off on me in a big way. So much so, that our phone conversations -- and also those in person -- are filled with a great deal of Blazers talk. We've always connected like that when talking about them.

My dad texted me about the February trade. I e-mailed him when I learned the team was calling up a new player from the D-League for the remainder of this season. Whenever one of us learns some news, we rush to tell the other. It's a little game we like to play.

It doesn't matter what the topic is, being Blazers fans has been an extremely wonderful thing to share.

Being Blazers fans transcends wins and losses, players coming and going, and what may happen in the future with our favorite team. For me and my dad, it's given us just one more thing to bond us together.

I continue to ask him questions about the Blazers.

~ Kassandra

Note: This remembrance came after I saw a question in one of the message board's here asking how did you become a Trail Blazers fan? I thought I would share the story.


  1. Awww, such a sweet story Kass! Thanks so much for sharing! I hope everyone is as fortunate as you are to have something, whether sports or otherwise, that brings them closer together as the Blazers brought and continues to bring you and your dad. Wishing you and dad many more years of Blazer-related conversations and special moments.
    PS Kind of inspires me to write my own Blazers-bonding post, but we'll see. . . :-)

    by Anees on 3/26/2011 2:27 PM
  2. Love it Kass. Great blog, as usual.

    @Anees, YES! WRITE! Tell us about your Blazerness in Prague!

    by sarahhecht on 3/26/2011 2:29 PM
  3. Good read Kass,
    It reminded me of watching the games with my little girl (now 23) back in the day. I bought her some little red pom poms, and she would cheer at the to of her lungs. Great memories.

    by Albert Hoy on 3/26/2011 5:56 PM
  4. ty kass for that as a daughter i can relate mine was not always the blazers but the u of o and i shared those things with my daddy. i guess there are a lot of us who have those memories with our daddies asking him questions and learning about his team...

    by oregongal47 view (TG) on 3/26/2011 6:13 PM
  5. Great story Kass. Unfortunately, my girls don't snuggle up to me when I watch a Blazer game (which are very rare not having the cable stations to watch) but I do hope to one day take them to a game when the opportunity affords it.

    by blazerdarren77 on 3/26/2011 9:46 PM
  6. Great Memories Kass! I'm sure your Dad is proud of your street cred here too. Now if only Nate would take some of your suggestion to heart, their Playoff seed (and homecourt advantage) will improve! But it wouldn't be as exciting. Don't change, your passion for things you love are impressive to witness.

    by BlockParty aka Teamship on 4/1/2011 7:25 PM
  7. Thats a good story Kassandra, passing on traditions like the Blazers is pretty awesome.

    by coreymjr on 4/4/2011 9:42 AM
  8. I love memories like this! One of life's many precious moments =) Well written Kass!

    by Veronica on 4/4/2011 10:43 PM
  9. Yes, BlockParty, I am very proud of her. Kassandra, I will tell you that i was never annoyed at you for asking those questions. That was very special for me as well.

    by Jennssoldier on 4/13/2011 6:55 PM
  10. thanks to everyone; this was a very special blog to write, and through proofreading and checking back periodically, i never fail to come to tears as i think of those tender moments. a special thanks to jennssoldier; if it weren't for him, then this blog, and even my love for the blazers might never have been.

    by Kassandra on 4/15/2011 11:35 AM
  11. Amazing story and memory! It is almost identical to what takes place during a game in my home. I can only hope the bond lasts between my daughter (now 8) and I as long as it has between you and your dad.

    by Misfit503 on 4/20/2011 11:14 AM
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