I've been to a couple Timbers games now, and am totally impressed by the Timbers Army and the amazing atmosphere they create. I'm thinking the same concept could translate to the RG pretty well and make the best basketball arena in the NBA even better and more intimidating for opponents (maybe it should be the "Blazers Brigade" to avoid stepping on toes and because alliteration is fun).
We already have the energy, enthusiasm and crowd to pull it off--now we just need a bit of planning so we can create more complicated and sustained activity. Plus, section 314 is already a proto-army, they just need a little organization and love from the Blazers staff.
I suggest that the Blazers organization should dedicate section 314 as the "rowdies" area, and sell those tickets deliberately through some kind of fan club group. Then some folks (I'd be glad to volunteer) should start organizing a bit--coming up with cheers, songs, call-and-responses etc that can start in 314 and spread throughout the whole arena. At Timbers games when you arrive there are papers taped to seats with cheers and song lyrics, and when everybody knows what's going on, there is much more participation and enthusiasm.
On the other hand, unlike soccer fans, I don't think we should start cheering when an opposing player gets hurt, or try to justify faking injuries as a legitimate tactic--sorry just had to get a little dig in against soccer.
If you like this idea, please rec this post so we can keep the conversation going. Maybe this will give us something to work on and feel optimistic about while we wait for the billionaires to compromise.
How awesome would a Blazers Army be?
So Awesome! (227 votes)
Pretty cool. But I don't like being bossed around, let me create my own dang cheers. (48 votes)
Whatever, I'm rich and sit in the 100 level where we keep cheering civil and polite. So it wouldn't really affect me. (39 votes)
I'm offended by your choice of a military metaphor. Can't we all just get along? How about "Blazer Buddies" (17 votes)
I'm offended by any association with soccer. But still, the idea is pretty good. (64 votes)
395 total votes