Ive been to three games in my entire life. The first two were cool but the third is special and its my personal best Blazer moment.
The first game was on Saturday April 3rd 2004 versus New Orleans Hornets. On the trip to the first game, It was my wife and me and one of my best friends and his wife. We finally all got a chance to get out without the kids. Almost to Portland, we nearly got in an accident that stopped all traffic on the northbound side of I-5. My buddies wife was driving their huge Chevy diesel truck that has monster truck tires. All of the sudden this guy heading southbound in a sports car veers out of his lane directly across the center grassy/brushy divide right at us. We were doing like 80 in the fast lane in bumper to bumper traffic. By some crazy miracle we just missed him by inches. He hit the car behind us or possibly sideswiped them and all traffic behind us stopped. We were quite shaken up and stopped soon after just to walk around and cool down for a bit. Its weird when you have a near death type experience. We ended up having a nice dinner down at McCormicks, on the river, a short walk from our hotel. When I first saw the court I remember thinking it sure looks alot smaller than on TV! The game ended up kinda bunk, but it was the Cheeks, Dmiles, Zbo era so nothing new there. We got our butts kicked by the Hornets. Amazingly enough, the rest of the trip went great despite the Blazers losing.
Four long years pass and my oldest daughter wins some Blazer tickets from a read to achieve event at her middle school. Well I cant let a good opportunity go to waste. I would love for my daughters to see a Blazer game. It is a great family type event. So crazy enough, we get tickets for another April 3rd game. Who is our opponent this time? Why the Houston Rockets. TMAC was still healthy and dropped 35 pts on us and BROY didnt even play. Another loss, now im 0-2. Still had a great time--took the kids to OMSI as well--we all had a blast! Plus we gotta chill with a bunch of good friends that live in Ptown, you just cant beat it.
So this last season arrives and for my birthday my wife gets me NBA league pass. Which is great because I work at home allowing me to watch like 99% of the games. I follow the Blazers religiously, and watching a whole season made me want to see a playoff game live. I figured I needed to yell encouragement to my team instead of my TV! So finally, The Blazers have made the playoffs. For fun I went online to see ticket prices and found them to be decently affordable! Somehow we scraped up the cash again and with my wife, we headed to Portland for game 2 of the playoffs. I felt like we got really lucky and got great seats, section 101 row p seats 15 and 16. We both dressed in all Blazers colors and gear. My wife, a redhead, looked great in a red/black/white miniskirt dress! The game was a nailbiter, a classic battle the whole way, with no team ahead or behind by too much. The Rockets even scared everyone by making a late game charge to get within a couple points, but to no avail. So to make a long story short--we won!! And not only did we win, we witnessed Brandon torch the Rockets for 42 pts! He tied a record for 2nd most playoff points in team history! And not to forget LMA, He threw down 27 points 12 rebounds and 3 blocks! And did I mention we won! The Rose Garden that night was the loudest place Ive ever been in all my 30 years on earth, not to mention happiest. I drove 6 hours all the way home that same night with a smile on my face.
I know alot of fans have witnessed alot of cool things in the NBA. And some are way better than mine. But to me, it can hardly get better than watching one of my favorite players score 42 points live in a playoff game and win. Its a rare treat. Each game has its own memories for me and my family. But that playoff game will be one I remember for the rest of my life.