aneebaba's Blog


Apr 23

Stunned in Prague

By Anees Posted in: Blazers, BrandonRoy, Mavericks
     Did that really happen last night?? No, I mean really? Really really? (Shrek reference, lol)

     I was watching the game, while chatting with many of you fans in the chat room. Things weren't looking too good. The team just couldn't make a basket and Dallas meanwhile, was hitting 3's left and right, and just making the plays. Our Blazers, had cold spells both in the first half and early in the second. At around the mid-point of the 3rd quarter, we were down 57-41 and while I usually (when I'm at home in Portland) watch the game all the way through (regular season and especially playoffs), I was pretty pooped. I am preparing for the biggest exam we have in medical school (two months from now), so I really need all the rest I can get, so my brain can take all this information and make sense of it. 
     Yet, I couldn't' resist the opportunity to watch Game 3, as it started at a relatively decent time of 11 pm Central European time. My fellow Blazer fan here in Prague, a fellow medical student, often stays up late to watch big games (especially if class starts late the next day), so in that regard, he is better than me. 
    Anyways, I headed to bed, thinking, negatively, that I would wake up to us being down 3-1. I know that sounds horrible, especially as I've been a Blazer fan for so long. Additionally, I remember, when I was still attending Reed College, and we had that series against the Mavs in 2003 - I remember checking the news (I think I had a lot of work then, so couldn't catch the game despite being home) and seeing that we had won (I think we were down 3-1 or 3-2 at that stage and as we know, that series went 7 games) Yet, just before leaving the chat-room, my fellow fan BlockParty, wished me a goodnight and mentioned that hopefully I would awake to a big comeback and a tie series. I said, "Thanks and I hope so!"

I woke up, turned on my computer and when I saw in my e-mail in-box, that Kassandra and Casey had blogs up, I knew something was up and then, once again, gave me the good news - BLAZERS WIN! I signed on to MSN and immediately, my fellow Blazer fan - messaged: BLAZERS!!!!! My friend went on to say that he got home around midnight here (roughly halftime) and after watching a bit, he felt too tired, so went to bed and like me, woke up to check the score later on in the night. 

 YOU CALLED IT BlockParty!!!

 I'm sure many of you also kept up the hope that we would get going and make a run. In fact, that is all I wanted, for us to show some more fight, more desire than we had been showing. Anything is possible in sports, and that is why you have to play the whole game (48 min in our case) and until the final buzzer sounds, there is still hope. It's not that I didn't have hope, but I was only basing my feelings on what I had seen until that point. I hope you can all forgive me for feeling that way. Even if we had lost, I was still going to be proud of what we have done this season . . . but as you can imagine, that feeling is only stronger now (not to mention B Roy's heroics) and regardless of what happens the rest of this series, I am going to be proud of this team and happy that I could witness their accomplishments . .. but enough of that reflective stuff, for now - let's get ready for what is sure to be a crazy and exciting GAME 5 - let's steal one in Dallas!!!!

-Anees, from Prague
PS I hope to be with you all in the chat for the WHOLE game on Monday night - hello caffeine binge! :-D



  1. Anees, So Glad you woke up to such wonderful news today :D The Blazers, through their leader, would not go away and the comeback was storybook material. If the Blazers are fortunate enough to get out of the Western conference, that game, that quarter will be in a movie someday.

    come to think of it, Today is a Great Day to be a Blazers Fan.

    by BlockParty aka Teamship on 4/24/2011 2:16 AM
  2. Hey BlockParty! Thanks! It was so great - my hands were literally shaking, that is how stunned I was! Indeed, it was a story book ending! The one thing that would top this, is of course, winning two more games. This would make this season a magical one for sure and only be a stepping stone for next season - can you imagine, GW and Oden clogging up the middle, with LA doing his thing and with B Roy even more rested and rejuvenated . . .how sweet that would be . . but yes, as Wheels says so often - it is a GREAT DAY TO BE A BLAZER(S) FAN!

    by Anees on 4/24/2011 2:21 AM
  3. I can think of only one more thing that would make that wake-up call better, Anees.

    To see blog entries from your fellow Blazermaniacs that detail the Game 5 and 6 wins that propel the Trailblazers into the second round.

    Great writing and energy my friend! Go Blazers!

    by Patch on 4/24/2011 7:36 AM
  4. Hey Patch - yes, if I don't end up staying up for the next two games (or even just catching the 2nd half), the next best thing is my fellow fans to give me the low-down on how things went down.

    Aw, thanks. Please read my entry two posts ago, for a better constructed piece. I'm just writing these to feel a bit included and share the view from here and of someone who is missing out on watching the games for the most part. Being in the chat is great though.

    by Anees on 4/24/2011 8:35 AM
  5. I love your blogs. Keep 'em coming!

    by sarahhecht on 4/24/2011 1:04 PM
  6. Thanks Sarah! I know these aren't much compared to that "Memories" entry, but just want to contribute something, that's all.

    by Anees on 4/24/2011 1:07 PM
  7. what a turnaround, huh? i'm still getting teary eyed as i've been watching recaps and interviews this evening. i'm just amazed at that comeback! i still can't believe you turned it off at the end of the third!

    by Kassandra on 4/24/2011 8:44 PM
  8. Thanks Kass - that makes me feel so much better :-(. It's looking like I won't be able to stay up for Game 5, but I think for Game 6 is more likely, especially if we get Game 5. You do realize it was 1 am when I turned it off, right? :-)

    Hey, they won, so that is what matters, whether I get to watch it or not. Sometimes, you can't have the best of both worlds, but again, I'll try to catch Game 6. Have to be at the hospital by 8am Tuesday morning, so I'll need decent sleep Monday night.

    Thanks for commenting though.

    by Anees on 4/24/2011 11:04 PM
  1. Leave a comment

The views expressed on the Trail Blazers Blogger Network represent those of the individual authors and do not represent the views of the Trail Blazers organization, the NBA, or any other NBA team.

Blog Contributors

Most Commented

The most commented posts in the past month

Blog Archives