At the risk of beating a dead horse, here's a quick follow-up on Thursday's news that the Portland Trail Blazers and Taco Bell will no longer be doing their Free Chalupa promotion.
It's no secret that the Chalupas were right up there with in-arena marriage proposals on my list of favorite "Moda Center" experiences to document and dissect. It was fascinating to see the reaction to the "no more Chalupas" news pour in over the last 24 hours. Somewhat incredibly, this seems to have topped the Rose Garden renaming in terms of vitriol (and that was bad), while simultaneously sparking a fairly large contingent of cheering Chalupa-haters.
Below, find a round-up of the reaction sent to the Blazersedge Twitter account. Again, all steps are taken to ensure that this is a representative sample of the responses and all profanity has been removed.
The answers generally seem to break down into a few groups: those happy that what they see as a distraction is going away, those sad that a tradition is being ended, those frustrated that the 2013-14 team's expected offensive prowess might not produce late-night food benefits, those so angry they can't let go of the caps lock key, those who blame Moda Health for the change, those who just want to remember the good old days with Luke Babbitt, and those thinking ahead as to what should replace the Chalupas.
Without further ado, a comprehensive list of responses...
MODA will distribute vouchers for free prostate exams when Blazers score 100 pts.
what is this ****
another reason it should be rose garden
good. No more stupid "cha-Lu-pa" chants when the game is still in question
Figures. They ruin all good things #cursed
Taco bell is the poor man's laxative anyway.
i hope they give out toothbrushes instead. #healthyliving #fluoride
turning in my blazers fan card.
Absolutely the best news I've heard all day.
how about they give everyone in the crowd $100 every time they give up less than 40 points in the paint.
this is a travesty
they changed the name to Moda Center.... Now this?!
of course they discontinue it once we have a potent team. How about something for 8 threes in a game?
If Babbit were here this wouldn't be happening :/
Another Moda Health Feature!
Loved those things. I have 1 saved in my car just in case I'm near a T Bell
that program sucked, good
next: kale chips and tofu burgers!!
RIP Free Chalupa. Also long live Chalupacabra!
THREE CHEERS! But of course they'll replace it with free Burgerville fries or something. Still, an improvement. Moda FTW!
Okay, what the ****.
I will go to zero blazer games until this is fixed
I've never actually redeemed a free chalupa, mind you. I just like the chant.
TIME 4 FRO YO
retribution for not retaining babbitt, I presume
they will however, be continuing the chalupa promotion in Nizhny Russia where brand ambassador Babbitt will play. #mr100
Thank God. Bless the poor souls were excited by crappy Mexican food.
I'm Definitely getting Five Guys after every Blazers game out of protest to TacoBell. #Whynochalupas
blazers retiring the 100 point chalupa after Babbitt leaves... #legend
best news of the day
Truly the end of a golden age here in Rip City.
**** this ****
this is a good thing
THIS IS CRAP
Xmas came early
Sad sad day.
Instead of Chalupas Blazer ticket holders will get $1.89 toward their next co-pay with Moda; fans will chant co-lo-nos-copy
What's the point of living now!
I knew today was a bad day :(
That actually kinda sucks.
Shocker. The Blazer fan experience was supposed to get better according to Chris McGowan, not starting off well so far.
Biggest offseason news
First the name and now this..
This aggression will not stand
**** Moda center
Sometimes, life just isn't fair
*******. we were gonna score 100 every home game though
I had no idea it was called the moda center
Should've kept Babbitt.
right when they add some good offensive weapons, cheap
free BMI screening instead, maybe??
getting worse every day!
I predict a riot.
W/ Babbitt gone, promotion was useless
What's the point of living now?
Out with Chalupas, in with Popeye's Chicken Waffle Tenders.
end of the "Rose Garden" end of Chalupas... What's next!!?
As if being assaulted by the PA system in the arena wasn't enough reason to not go. :P
I will still chant CHA LU PA! And make wagers with my friends on who will be the Chalupa player of the game.
that's the worst news I've ever heard
Without Babbit - there's no reason.
the world is ending
This is terrible news.
NO MAS CHALUPAS?!?!
So what terrible promotion are they going to replace it with to have fans embarrass themselves further?
No! Say it ain't so. What are fans gonna chant?
THE WICKED WITCH IS DEAD!
Trade LMA for free tacos!
What, free dental exams at 100 points?
No reason to go to games anymore!
NO NO NO NO NO NO NO
they are sick of printing so many coupons for them to just go to waste... they should spin it for a green movement
Man, all that Moda Center money is really improving the fan experience already huh?
oh no! Chalupas have gone the way of the Sonics!!!
THANK GOD. The thirst by fans was embarrassing. Have some dignity.
good, im tired of fans booing the team over a stupid taco.
WORST DAY EVER
Blazers score 100 you get a granola bar with flax seed.
I blame basketball "purists"
With the amount of 3 point shooters on the roster and the lack of D we play, a very strategic move for Taco Bell.
Nothing worse than a nail-biter game where instead of focus on securing a win, it's chanting for 99cent "food".
One more reason not to go to Blazer games.
Best news ever
the worst news I've heard all summer. The people demand the reinstatement of CHALUPAS
it's all because Babbitt left :(
First the arena name and now this?
Lame! Great promo
Shoulda never let Babbit walk
Nice, glad to see the extra Moda Center money is kicking in.
the backlash of this > rose garden name change #FireMcGowan
The chalupa promotion will be replaced with coupons for gluten free granola
There's nothing good about that. Cha - Lu -PAS! is just so easy to chant in large crowds.
NOOOOOOOO! Not free Chalupas! I don't even like Chalupas, but come on. Moda Health strikes again!
My prayers have been answered
NO! I blame Moda Health.
welp, i'm boycotting.
All the annoying fans who cheer for chalupas after every basket from the 1st Qtr on will shut up
WORST. NEWS. EVER.
The darkest of days.
removing reason for fans to cheer, no matter how dumb, seems ill advised
great! perhaps Moda is encouraging them to promote healthier stuff?
Because Luke Babbitt left?!?
Best Blazer news of the year
the outrage will ensue lmfao
Did anyone start a change.org petition yet?
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