Hey guys, bandwagon fan here.
Well, I should qualify that a bit. I have been lurking on this site for about two years now. The writeups are the best, the game threads are really awesome to review if I miss the game live, because I get a feel for how it went.
I have been following the blazers off and on for about five years. Listening to wheels call during the B-roy era was really what hooked me, during that 54 win season.
But I wasn't a blazer lifer before. In another lifetime I was a bulls fan. My parents grew up in Chicago, so I have many young memories as a kid watching in on my dad losing his mind during the MJ era of the mid-90s. As a result, I'm a die-hard MJ fan. (I have watched nearly ever youtube video from hoopsencyclopedia. If you don't know what I'm talking about... Click here ). But when MJ left, my family left the bulls behind and never instilled in me any sort of team loyalty.
What it comes down to is... I have no great history, no family legacy of being a fan. I've lived here in portland for a decade now, and I just love good sports. I watch the playoffs of nearly every sport: hockey, baseball, football, but mostly basketball. Last finals I was rooting for the spurs.... ugh. I root for whichever team I feel like. I root for winners, and exciting teams. When a team is losing, I disembark.
So, this season, I've had lots of opportunities to jump on. I've jumped on the Timbers bandwagon, the seahawks, and of course, I jumped back on the blazers, big time. And that's got me thinking. I'm spoiled. I've never had this many good local teams to root for. And it does make me feel guilty to hang out and lurk on boards surrounded by -I'll admit - much more committed and serious fans. I feel guilty. I jumped off the wagon at the end of last year. It's not fun to watch a team roll through a +10 losing streak. It gives me a sick feeling, and I don't need that in my life.
But I was in the car tonight, listening in to the end of the game tonight, having that sick feeling come back as I heard Irving plug in 9 straight points, feeling, well, it's bound to happen. The blazers have to choke at least ONCE this year, like last year, like two years ago, like they did over and over. It's bound to happen.
And when wheels made the call, I screamed, and honked my horn, and waved my hands out the car like an idiot.
Coming home tonight, I had the urge to make this post because I know exactly what type of fan I am, and, frankly, it's getting to me. I feel like I'm keeping myself back from enjoying this as much as I can because I don't want to commit. And part of committing would be to make more posts here, my home for checking in on the blazers, a place where I feel out of place posting alongside the real fans. So I figured I'd just go for it and stake my claim.
Lillard is making a believer out of me. It's been an unbelievable ride this season, and I do want to be a part of it, for once.