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Blazer fan in DC

I attended yesterday's game in Washington with my parents and brother and thought I'd share some thoughts.

 

  • The arena is in a great location, right next to Chinatown and easy to get to via the Metro
  • We bought nosebleed tickets. As soon as we got off the escalator, an employee gave us 4 free tickets about 20 rows behind the basket adjacent to the Blazers' bench. This illustrates the pros of having Les Schwab Tournament-like attendance at an NBA game.
  • There were a good number of Blazer fans at the game. I assumed every non-jersey wearing person was a Wizard fan, so there were probably more than the visually estimated 10%.
  • I would attend Blazer game when I lived in Houston for several years. I attribute the much higher number of Portland fans partly to the increased production on the court and mostly to the fact that D.C. is a much more likely place for a Portlander to move to than Houston.
  • About a half hour before the game something landed in the empty row in front of my brother and me. While we were looking down to see what it was, it was snatched away by a rather big-boned woman who had sprinted up 5 rows of empty seats to get it. We looked up and realized that the Chipotle blimp was dropping gift cards. Needless to say, my brother and I were hard-pressed to think of anything else that could have been dropped from that blimp to make the woman move any faster.
  • Either before the game or during one of the first timeouts, the blue Wizard mascot (cleverly named G Wiz) started throwing popcorn and thrusting his pelvis in the face of a guy wearing a Roy jersey. I have no idea what was said between the two, but if the guy was not dressed up like a smurf, he would have been arrested for sexual harassment. The Blazer fan looked really angry and I was getting pretty ticked off myself.
  • If you've never travelled much outside of the Pacific Northwest, Portland and its surrounding areas are really really white.
  • The only times the crowd got loud were when T-shirts were being tossed, the 3rd quarter trampoline dunkers did some cool stuff, and in during the last timeout when the game was locked up and the scoreboard had a make-some-noise-decibel-reader graphic.
  • The crowd never really had a chance to get into the game if they had wanted. I don't think there was more than a 2 second block of time during gameplay where overpowering music wasn't pumped in.
  • The only basketball-related observation: the refs were terrible. I don't think I've seen two worse offensive goaltending calls in one game. They called a lot of touchy fouls on us, and missed some obvious calls for the Wizards.
  • There were enough Blazer fans that bad calls against us were booed and you could hear a "Ruuuuuudddyy" chant when he entered the game.
  • Their version of a Chalupa giveaway occurred in the fourth quarter when Bayless stepped the line. If he missed both freethrows, the crowd would get a free Chic-Fil-A sandwich. He missed the first, but made the second. That was another time the crowd got loud.
  • All in all, it was fun to be able to see the Blazers play this year. It would have been nice to get a win, but we are incredibly undermanned and the game started at 10 AM Pacific time. Hopefully it'll work out better in DC next year!

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