Hello fellow Blazer fans. It's been awhile since I've posted or commented on anything, and due to some recent and upcoming life changes it's looking more and more like those opportunities will be fewer and fewer as time passes. In a little less than 6 weeks my wife and I are due to have our first child, and in the fall I will begin pursuing my MSW at the University of Denver. Until now all of my little spare moments, and even some of my not-so-spare moments, have been spent online reading Dave's latest ponderings or the day's latest news and trade rumors, but no more. Now all of those little spare moments will be spent getting something off the top shelf for my very pregnant wife, or staring into my baby boy's little face (once he's born), or crossing the t's and dotting the i's on my next graduate paper.
In some ways I am saddened, because I have been a Blazer fan for longer than I can remember and for the last three years this site has been as big a part of that as anything. For much of my life my Blazer fandom has been spent on an island, but then this site helped me bridge that gap to places where I could share all the joy and heartache of being a fan of our storied franchise. I rememeber meeting DropstepJ at a game in Denver one time. I remember fatty and all of his ridiculous comments. I remember trading barbs with Blazer Nation back when there were maybe only 50-75 of us viewing the site with any frequency. I remember when this was the only Blazer site around (hard to believe now).
In other ways, I realize that growing up is a part of life, and it is simply my time to move on. I used to work at a job where I could just sit in a cubicle all day and surf the net. My responsibilties never mattered as much to me as Brandon Roy's heel. Now I work with troubled youth and I have a baby on the way. Mentoring these young people and providing for the well-being of my own child matters more to me than Greg Oden's feelings. For me, right now, it's time to put away childish things.
Before I go I just want to take a moment and thank Dave for all that you've done to make this site what it is. Dave, I have a lot of respect for your abilities as a writer, and for your insight into the game of basketball. Keep up the good work. And to Ben, thanks for all the time you put in as well. Your contributions from the locker room and the sidelines push this site over the top. I really believe this is one of the best sites in all of sports.
To everyone else, I wish you all the best in all of your endeavors. I will stop in to read the happenings from time to time, and maybe even to post some pics of the little one when he arrives. Maybe he'll be the baby PF to Dave's baby PG. At least I can dream. It's been a fun ride, and it is so great to know that there is still so much passion for what this franchise represents. Portland has never been a "big" city, but we carry more pride for our team than any place on earth. I will do what I can to represent that pride in Colorado. Have fun, and I hope you'll continue to spread the word and make this site what it is--a great place for families to come and share their joy for the game of basketball and the Blazers. All the best.