Blazer Fever: ABSOLUTELY Contagious

BLF, you ignorant slut! *

I have to confess that I haven’t always been a Blazer fan. I don’t know from Blazer Fever – I moved here 10 years ago, and haven’t seen any evidence of the phenomenon since then. In fact, I didn’t want to be a Blazer fan. But sometime last year, Roy and Aldridge and Pryzbilla and Rodriguez (I love me some Sergio) and even stone-faced Coach McMillan (who scares me, sometimes) got to me.

I started watching games on television. Started TiVo-ing games. Hell, I switched over to AM radio in my car in order to catch those games that weren’t televised. And I even coughed up money for nosebleed tickets (selling my soul to Ticketmaster, no less) to attend a game – something I swore I’d never do.

Sure, they lost a lot last year. But in between? You could tell there was something brewing there. And it was fun!

See, I started getting a glimpse of what Blazer Fever might look like last year, with the new, cleaned-up crew of enthusiastic kids we have playing for us. And even though we didn’t start out well this year, I saw even more glimmers and signs of eventual hope.

And now? Hell, YEAH – Blazer Fever is back, baby! (Even my Christmas Dinner companions – who aren’t normally basketball fans – said I should have blown them off to go to the game instead, fyi – and one wanted to come back to my house to watch the TiVo-ed game I had waiting for me instead!)

Geez, BLF. What’s next – telling kids Santa isn’t real? Shattering illusions about the Tooth Fairy? Must we lose all the magic from our dismal post-holiday lives? Who cares if it’s not like it ‘used to be back in the olden days’? Who cares if it’s here today, gone tomorrow? Who cares if it’s Too Soon?

See, I don’t want to be all cynical right now. I don’t want to be the cranky old curmudgeon (which is a nice change of pace for me as the resident PDX MB Old Fart, let me tell you.) I just want to BELIEVE! And I want you all to believe with me, please.

Is that so wrong?

And if you can’t – or won’t – take a hit of what I’m smoking? Do me a favor and just don’t harsh my mellow right now, dudette. Or I’ll really make you eat some crow next St. Patrick’s Day…

* Don’t get the reference? That must mean you’re either a young’un and/or never got to see SNL’s Weekend Update in the days when it was really worth watching…

3 Comments so far

  1. Rick Turoczy (unregistered) on December 28th, 2007 @ 8:57 am

    While I am a bit chagrin to admit it, I, too, am beginning to feel the fever a bit.

    Not that I would go to ridiculous extremes like actually purchasing a ticket. I’m not that sick.

    But I do find myself making fewer and fewer derisive comments about our once-beloved-and-then-so-long-a-disappointment Blazers.

    And, I’ll also admit, there was the slightest tinge of excitement in my voice when I randomly blurted out, “The Blazers have won 11 in a row!” (Please note the exclamation point.)

    Maybe I’ll become a full-fledged fan, again, for the new year. Stranger things have happened.

  2. PDXJer (unregistered) on December 28th, 2007 @ 9:15 am

    I grew up here, and during the height of Rip City, the ENTIRE city shut down during blazer games. They were on in every store and resteraunt. Flags and posters where everywhere. Bus drivers would announce final scores. This despite having to pay $40 a game to watch them on Blazer cable. Every game was sold out.

    I don’t think they are a playoff caliber team just yet, but they are definately getting there, and it is exciting.

  3. sabernar (unregistered) on December 28th, 2007 @ 3:31 pm

    I’m the Knick fan from the previous Blazer posting. I’m not a huge basketball fan anymore, but I still root for my pathetic team. But back in the heyday of bball, I *WAS* a big Drexler fan. When I move to Portland in a few months I’m sure I’ll follow the Blazers a bit. Ah, Drexler, Kersey, Porter – the good ole days of PDX bball I guess. As far as Knick fan can like another team (esp. a team in the West), I liked those Blazers.

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