Has the Rose Garden lost its touch?
When the Lakers came to town the other night, my eyes were opened. Opponents used to fear the Rose Garden. We had made a name for ourselves as being a deafening arena, extremely loyal fan base and a place where head coaches just circled the away game against the blazers on the calendar as a loss (phil jackson).
The other night, I have never seen so many opposing jersey's in our home. It was a sea of gold and purple. I was in the minority in my section (116) with my Blazer gear. Not even when Seattle (er, I mean oklahoma, er I mean sac-town) made their pathetic attempt to "save the sonics" (ironically here in portland) did I notice THAT many jerseys. Instead our fans made the blazers feel like this was OUR home. Guests were not welcome.
When did this change?
Just a few seasons ago, I remember Trevor Ariza taking out Rudy Fernandez and the Blazer faithful stood for 10min straight chanting against the lakers. Instead, the other night, we are chanting M-V-P for Kobe?! are you kidding me? It was like inviting the guy who is cheating with your wife over to hang out and buying him dinner. It was sickening.
You could argue the Blazers record or maybe marquee players or management changes or who the heck knows. I give many props to that section in the 300 level that stands against the wall and leads the fans in chants every home game. I wish more of us were like that. When we do that, it will make people think twice about wearing opposing jerseys in our home.
I guess I just wanted to vent and see what other fans were thinking....