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Considering the beginning of the season I find myself getting pretty jacked up.  There are so many things to look forward to:  Oden, the continued excellence of Roy and Aldridge, the rookies fitting in and hopefully making a difference, a real bench for once, having a chance to win on most nights.  It's enough to make a Blazer diehard giddy.  In fact that first moment Oden suits up alone will be well worth the price of my dish subscription.

I was trying to think back on the last time I was this geeked about something Blazer-related.  I suppose it was Game 7 of the '99-'00 Western Conference Finals.  We all know how that turned out, so we won't mention more.  The last time I was this stoked for the start of an NBA campaign was the beginning of that same season.  We had just gotten Steve Smith and Scottie Pippen.  We had just gotten rid of Isaiah Rider.  You knew something special was in the air.  I don't expect that kind of production this season, of course, but this still feels like the beginning of something, which is what has me excited.

How much are you looking forward to the start of the season and (if it's a lot) when was the last time you felt this way?

--Dave (blazersub@yahoo.com)