I'm not one of you, I thought i should come out and say that much. I am not a fan of the Blazers Team (though i have liked several players on your team, Rudy Fernandez and Brandon Roy being the two biggest) nor do I live in Portland. So perhaps on that merit i can never possibly understand some of your positions on this recent Lockout and the issues that reside in it.
I post on this site right now to present an argument, or rather, to seek a possible rebuttle or just simply to observe your observations. I have in the past, and will probably continue to, lurk on this site and observe this Fanbase's reaction to several league wide issues or news. It was through my lurking that i eventually found a topic, or rather a reaction to a topic that intrigued me, so i inquired. While i dislike generalizing, it seemed to me that a majority of the members here, who i find are certainly intelligent, were very much pro-owner in the current lockout debate. While i do understand that everyone deserves their own opinion, i still wondered why were Portlander's so fond of the owners stance for Parity.
No, i dont think parity is wrong, in fact i am all for it, however, i felt the owners idea of parity, or rather their changes to create parity were flawed and in fact unfair. However (if you follow the link above) it seems there was a school of thought within B.E. that did not feel the same.
I dont come here to change your minds, believe me...i tried , but now more to query the B.E. mindset. So then i found this article (hat tip to Bullets Forever, a wonderful site even if you arent a Wizards fan) Written By Henry Abbott.
And it is here where I have a request. Please, read the following, and let me know what you think. I'd like to know if I am simply mistaken with my generalization that most of B.E. is for the owners idea of Parity, and if you honestly believe a Soccer like system would somehow create Parity, or if perhaps the article changed your mind.
The article can be found here: http://espn.go.com/blog/truehoop/post/_/id/33268/the-offer-that-should-have-been-accepted
I thank you for your time, and to any of those who wish to comment and explain a stance (even if you agree with me or just want to needlessly bash my attempt). I thank you all, and love the community of people on this site. Thanks for letting me post this long strange fanpost.