How much does the average Portland citizen care about the Trail Blazers? Not that much, if you ask Oregonian columnist and radio personality John Canzano. Appearing on Sports Radio KJR in Seattle, Canzano offered the following quote:
"I don't think the average citizen in Portland or the average politician gives a rip about the Blazers being here or not." - @johncanzanobft with @cliffavril and @JasonPuckett20 NOW on KJR on the "likely" Blazers sale. Tune in on 950am or listen here! ⬇️⬇️https://t.co/wWfFIc74tS— Seattle's Home for March Madness (@SportsRadioKJR) February 8, 2019
Support for the Blazers has waxed and waned through the decades. Blazermania gave way to the 80’s doldrums (though the team still claimed a decades-long sell-out streak). The Clyde Drexler era boomed, then the Traveling All-Star Team of the late 90’s fell just short, followed by the nadir of the Jail Blazers era. Brandon Roy and LaMarcus Aldridge resurrected the franchise, paving the way for the current Damian Lillard Era.
Blazer’s Edge started at the tail end of the Jail Blazers stretch, when support was hard to find. The team is on far better footing today, but have they recaptured the magic of those Walton/Drexler times when everybody was talking about them (or at least willing to join a conversation)?
I don’t live in Portland, so I’m not able to judge fairly. What say you, Blazer’s Edge readers? Is Canzano’s take close to the truth...keeping in mind he’s talking about average people, not super-fans? Let us know below.