Alright, basking in the glow of our glorious victory over IMO our most hated rivals, I've decided to vent on a little thing I've noticed that has begun to bother me more and more.
The thing that is bothering me is the idea advanced by La*er fans and some others, that we should not "Hate" LA. That this rivalry only exists in the Northwest and is one-sided, coming only from "backwards" or unsophisticated Blazer fans. You've heard it, I've heard it and it is total BS!
Perhaps it's just good psychological manipulation on the behalf of La*er fans. To react to our rabid support of our team and our ravenous desire to Beat LA! with indifference. Obviously the star studded crowd at the forum can't match our "backwards and unsophisticated" level of support, so feign indifference. But come on La*er supporters who do you think you are kidding? This rivalry has existed for decades, very near to the inception of The Blazer franchise itself. I grew up when the Pacific Division was the battle ground of The La*ers and The Blazers with each team taking turn as the alpha dog. I'm not going to rehash the history between these two teams, we all know it and we all know it exists.
So my point is, in Portland, in the NW. It's Beat LA! Sure in the typical arrogant La*er fashion, The La*ers and their fans can belittle us by pretending there is no rivalry or mocking our simple groundroot support but IMO that's just jealousy. Kobe and The La*ers just might be the team to beat this season, but they've gotten a good look at the future and The future is Black and Red with a Blazer Swirl. So as La*er fans do the math and realize our core is young and their core is old, I'd invite them to embrace the rivalry. Ultimately crowds that arrive late, leave early and look like it's game night for the Hollywood Old Folks homes, aren't going to win a championship.
So fair warning to The La*ers and their fans. The rivalry exists. If you don't want to aknowledge it or embrace it it will be to your ultimate and inevitable detriment.