julianne's Notes


Jun 19

Returning home for the summer after my freshman year at college means many things.

I've gotten a chance to see my parents, little brother and friends, and made numerous trips to the beach which is about a 10 minute walk from my house. It's been just a week, but so much fun. My transition from student to summer civilian has gone rather smoothly.

Except for one point.

Being from Southern California, my father and brother are big fans of a team I shudder to mention on the Blazers websites. Yes, they are Lakers fans.

All I've heard from them when it comes to the sports front is how the Lakers were robbed in the playoffs, how they're going to win next year, and how it's an automatic certainty that Dwight Howard is either going to be traded to them or he will definitely sign with them as a free agent at the end of the 2011-12 season.

To be honest. the Laker love is more than a little sickening.

Despite the fact Dallas, the eventual champions, swept the Lakers in the second round, they were robbed. How does a team get "robbed" in a sweep? I'm not a basketball aficionado, but even I know that's a sad attempt at an explanation.

With a new coach, new game plan and some distrust among some of the players, there's no way the Lakers will make it to the finals, let alone win the championship. Add to that the added competition of the Blazers, Thunder, and Mavericks in their own competition, I doubt the Lakers get out of the second round (I'm guessing a first round elimination in 2012).

From what I understand, Howard wants to stay with the Magic, and that the Lakers recently fell to the bottom of his teams to be traded to list. While the story of the future has yet to be told, and as it stands, I don't see Howard becoming a Laker any time soon.

As I told my father and brother these things, they tried to interrupt, but to no avail. It was then time to drop the bombshell:

The Blazers will be Western Conference champions in 2012. They'll get a reprieve from the injuries which have hampered the team the past two seasons, Greg Oden will return and lead the team, they will play better together from having a training camp together, LaMarcus JulAldridge will play like an all-star (again) and Gerald Wallace will be on the all-star team as well. The Blazers will have depth and be revitalized.

My father nodded and said we'd wait and see. My brother (long ago nicknamed "Brat") tried to counteract his older sister, but he was warned about his low success rate when it comes to that.

Being a Blazer fan in Laker land may not turn out to be all that easy, but I have no problem sticking up for my team, even from behind enemy lines.

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  1. Very nice blog Julie!!! and keep fighting the noble fight. Sometimes the Lakers fans get upset when the truth does not support their theories (no offense to your Dad or brother, the brain washing usually does not discriminate).

    Enjoy the summer

    by BlockParty aka Teamship on 6/19/2011 6:45 PM
  2. good job and great come back jules. keep on writing the blogs i enjoy reading them and find it facinating to hear what it s like to be a fan from behind enemy lines. have a great summer jules!

    by oregongal47 view (TG) on 6/19/2011 6:48 PM
  3. Thanks BP. The problem with a lot of Lakers fans is that they think what they say is fact or will be fact; but I'm not worried. This is just the first of a several of these types of conversations we'll have over the summer! Hey TG. I think blogging will be a great way to keep in touch with the Blazer community. I'll keep going!

    by julianne on 6/19/2011 7:29 PM
  4. When my family was in Disneyland, I got a glimpse of how superficial Laker fan is. We ate at the Cheescake Factory near our hotel and the Laker/Mavs game was on and the people watching weren't into the game like our Blazer fans are. They were just chatting w/ one another and would give a non chalant clap when the Lakers did a nice play as if they were taking their team for granted. I had no choice but to smh at their lack of enthusiasm.

    by blazerdarren77 on 6/19/2011 9:11 PM
  5. A great blog Julie;

    I can understand your Dad and your brother, I don't always think wisely or see more clearly being a Blazer fan. I would have to respect both of them for not jumping ship when the Lakers went down.

    I don't hate on the Laker fan's I only hate the lakers because they always bought the championships and that was like playing against a stacked deck. But that is not the Players fault and that is who your dad and brother is a fan of, I think. I don't always agree with the Blazer brass, but I love the blazer players.

    I am a little down on Kobe because of his unfaithfulness that was brought out in the public.

    Anyway great blog.

    by Hg on 6/19/2011 11:19 PM
  6. like Hg, i'll give them props for sticking with their team. however, you're completely in the right when it comes to the points you made -- especially in regards to the blazers. we'll be ready for the western conference this year and we're always ready for the lakers. even a few years ago when we won just 21 games on the season, we had a 2-2 split with them. first round elimination? nice. i like the sound of that (of course, missing the playoffs would be much better, but i don't realistically see that happening). glad to see you blogging in the off-season ... and i look forward to hearing about further conversations on this topic!

    by Kassandra on 6/20/2011 9:36 AM
  7. We'll just have to keep these conversations away from the dinner table. Kasey, I was completely unaware about the Blazers' success against the Lakers until I saw what you said. I looked it up after that. My dad did tell me that I seemed knowledgeable about the Blazers. He asked if that's what I learned in college!

    by julianne on 6/20/2011 6:25 PM
  8. And of course I had to tell him yes!

    by julianne on 6/20/2011 6:26 PM
  9. if i recall correctly, it's one of the first things you learned in college!

    by Kassandra on 2/23/2012 10:02 PM
  10. It was like Blazers-101 for my freshman year. I can't wait until this year when it's either Blazers-201 or Lockout-201!

    by julianne on 7/18/2011 2:44 PM
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