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Rep us well!

In the past few weeks since I joined, I have occasionally trolled over to the oppositions' blog to see the reaction/analysis from the other teams point of view (it's fun, so long as you can stomach the generic pot shots about Pryz being a "bum that fouls on every play", banal banter about how old Oden looks, and complaints about our color commentator).

One thing I have noticed a couple of times (and I am not here to call anyone out by name or create animosity amongst decent Blazer fans) are Bedge members trying to "convince" other teams how young/talented/great/intelligent/what-have-you our team, city and fanbase is.

As we have made the important changes of the past 4 years, and moved from laughingstock, to intriguing, to relevent, to playoff team, the energy at the garden has frenzied, and our pride has swelled. One of the things I have always loved about the Blazers and Portland, is that we are natural underdogs (small market, small city, not a lot of national spotlight) and we've always been a knowledgeable, modest bunch.

As we approach the playoffs, and move into the next few years that seem to promise a return to deep playoff runs, and hopefully a parade or two, I, for one would like to remain a fanbase whose pride is represented by home game decible levels, a tough team of good character, and an insightful and respectful web presence.

Specifically, I think that trying to convince the fan of another team to compliment the Blazers, acknowledge that Brandon is better than their guard, or warn them about how we are going to be beating their team repeatedly for the next decade goes beyond good taste. That kind of smack is appropriate in the "comments" of articles of big national sports sites, where incindiary instigation is expected and even encouraged, but other teams blogs should be a different story.

Best I can tell, it seems like this blog has as many or more members as any in the SBN, and checking in here is both informative and addictive to me. I can tell you that if we had a Laker fan trolling in here with any regularity talking up the Lakers and taking pot shots at our guys, I would have words with him, and it would certainly reinforce my already low opinion of that fan-base.

If I am meddling, and violating the basic "live and let live law", that's not my intent. I have seen a lot of great, respectful comments and conversations in opposing blog threads, too!

Just realize that fans of other teams feel about theirs as passionately as we do ours, and that the prospect of the Blazers taking over the NBA does not and never will appeal to them.

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