Alas, friends, I fear it will not be long before we hear the news that the Blazers have officially been eliminated from playoff contention for the year. But being a true fan and a warm-and-fuzzy kind of guy I prefer not to concentrate on that. I'd rather spend a little time looking forward...dreamily, with big goo-goo eyes and a silly smile upon my face. Yes, today I want to look forward to that time when not only are we NOT eliminated from the playoffs before they begin, but we actually go all...the...way.
Today's task is simple. I want you to set up the NBA Finals moment of your dreams. And YOU are in the play-by-play chair calling the action. I want the history, the set-up, the call, and your reaction afterwards. You can field whatever Blazer players suit your fancy or your predicting skills along with whichever opponent you choose (Eastern Conference, of course, unless you think the NBA will re-do the playoff format sometime in the next decade).
Remember we're not talking about this year's playoffs or this year's team. That would be wholly imaginary, probably somewhat disrespectful to the teams that actually are going to make it, and would come across kind of sad. No sadness or harsh reality here...this is the future of your dreams, up to and including your dream job of being behind the mic for this historic call. Go for it!
To prime the pump I will give you mine:
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD!!!!!! THE SHOT IS GOOD! IT'S GOOOOOD!!! THE PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS ARE THE WORLD CHAMPIONS!!! And look at them mobbing Brandon Roy! This crowd is going crazy! They can barely keep them in their seats! Brandon Roy is SOMEWHERE under that pile of players! There he is! He's standing up now! His hand is in the air, clenched in victory! The whole team is jumping up and down as they make their way off the court. And this building is SHAKING!!! CAN YOU BELIEVE IT? I have to pinch myself!!! The Larry O'Brien Trophy is coming BACK to the Rose City! Go ahead and celebrate, Blazer fans! You deserve it!
That's my try anyway. How about you?