So I am a paramedic. I work for the local ambulance company that provides 911 service for most of the portland metro area ( excluding Beaverton ). I work with some pretty volatile people. Paramedics as a whole are a pretty fickle, sarcastic, and intense bunch, and are difficult to please. We talk a lot of sports talk at work, mostly about football. And for the last few years, when I've tried to talk blazers and basketball, I got a lot of the same responses; " The blazers suck man, the blazers will always be losers, Greg Oden is never gonna play an nba game, he'll always be hurt, I used to like the blazers until they signed all those gangsters", and so on. People would mock me for my love of this team, and brush off my reasons as to why the franchise has turned it around. After a loss I would hear, " so how about those blazers, huh? Anyone get busted for drugs yet?" But I always had the same smug response to all the haters. " Don't worry, you'll be a fan soon enough. You'll see."
Alas, the time of the fair weather fan has returned! My work is alive with talk of last great win ( so many this year already ). " We have so much talent!" " We're gonna get to the playoffs this year!" " Greg Oden is a beast!" At work, I am the official go-to Blazer guy. I get asked about all the developments, contracts, upcoming games, and so on. This just happened in the last 3 weeks or so. I have been asked by several people if they could go to a game with me soon, and have a new found admiration from new blazer fans that wish they had been following the team as long as me.
Some die-hard fans turn up their nose at fair weather fans, but not me. Franchises need them to stay healthy ( especially in a small market like Portland ). I see fair weather fans as a litmus test as to how well a franchise is doing ( usually ), so the new found interest from my co-workers has put a smile on face.
I was wondering, if any of you have noticed the same sharp increase in blazer love at your respective work-sites, friend circles, and families that I have as of the last month. Have we turned a corner finally in popularity? I know the Rose Garden has been rocking again for quite some time, but I'm talking about people that are more likely to watch games on TV, more casual fans. Anyone else have the same trend, or has my fickle workplace just finally caught up?