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Old 05-16-2001, 11:37 PM   #1
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Winter arrived early this year in Portland, not the calendar winter season, but the sports winter season. Spring has arrived and the weather has finally changed from the overcast, drizzle and rain, to flowers, sunshine and rising temperatures. For one team major league sports town, sports winter begins after the end of the lone sports team loses and sports reporting returns to pre-season form. Winter came after the post Blazer analysis for their dismal end of season and post season first round loss. And now sports fans in Portland have again entered sports winter after the brutal autumn analysis of why the Blazers flamed down the regular season stretch, post season and finally the firing of the coach and finally wild speculation on improbable trades. Attention has withered away on the focus on the lone major league sports franchise and returned to the mundane. And hence the top five reasons I miss the Blazers and the withdrawal that accompanies the end of each season as Portland has no other team to focus upon.

Sports Radio. Want to discuss whether you should have a nose job or your favorite snack or your marriage, call the misnamed all sports talk radio station. One reason for the lack of a second major league sports team might be directly linked to the fact when a prospective owner arrives and tunes into the local sports radio station and finds nothing except those callers who could not reach DR. Laura on the air, they believe that Portland cares more about trees, the environment, and their feelings and has no interest in another sports team, and immediately turn the limo around and head back to the airport. Fortunately other stations devote partial radio time to import national sports radio shows and with a dexterous fingers, one need only switch the dial every so often to receive their daily sports talk fix.

Newspaper. The Oregonian must redirect all reporters to real stories once the Blazer season ends, although one would be hard pressed to identify what the stories might be. The sports section would best be described as four pages, and most of that appears to be dedicated to advertisements. Fortunately their exists the internet for fans who wants to read about sports. But if you need to use the restroom or read on a trolley or bus, one must take many other sections to fill the time. The Oregonian would be the poster paper for why the wireless internet needs to advance for backward third world sport countries like Oregon. The real question would be if the sports section was discontinued would anyone notice?

The Politicians. You must blame the populace that continues to elect officials who will not even commit a modest amount of money towards attracting another major sport. Just recently a modest 150 million dollars to finance a new baseball stadium died in the Oregon legislature because of the tired excuse about needing money for education, social services, roads,.... With teams from Florida and Montreal withering on the vine, a team could be had for cheap with many teams wanting to relocate and few cities and states with the right size market available to attract a team. Portland and Oregon could end up similar to Cleveland and Oakland who decided not to pay modest sums and then paid many times more later after the teams left. Time for the politicians, both local and state, and the governor to understand a baseball team will not destroy Oregon's forests and ruin the quality of life or drain the the coffers dry. Time for voters to make baseball stadium financing an issue.

Seattle and San Francisco. Some cities have first class status, other second class and then all other cities which do not matter. Portland might be a little more sunny if not for the pale that both Seattle and San Francisco casts over Portland. Being the 22nd largest market and largest market without two pro sports teams, sorry the WNBA does not count, deserves better than to be admonished about having Seattle and SF as local teams. Portland has been viewed as a second class city by sports fans and hence business and tourists because Portland might be thought of as a suburb of Seattle. Just as NJ suffers from being next to NY, or Oakland and SJ being in proximity to SF, Portland suffers similarly from being thought of as a second tier city next to Seattle. For Portland and Oregon to separate from being in Seattle's shadow, Portland must attract another team.

Laker Fans. For unknown reasons, these people enjoy spamming Blazer message boards about how the Lakers again schooled the Blazers and how the Blazers and their fans should again purchase Loser t-shirts. You want losers, these fans from LA lost two NFL football teams and they represent the second largest sports market. And then the Rams win a Super Bowl after they leave. LA and Cleveland actually have more in common, except Cleveland has real fans who support both teams in both good and down times. Blazer fans should at least be allowed to commiserate and speculate without the spamming and anti-intelligent insulting posts rubbing Blazer fans into another disappointing season and how again the Lakers dispatched the Blazers from the post season.

People mistakenly believe that Oregonians suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.) because of the lack of sunlight and abundance of clouds and rain. In truth, only a small percentage of people suffer from S.A.D., the vast majority suffer from Sports Seasonal Affective Disorder (SSAD), and the disorder actually arrives and is most prevalent after the rainy season and the Blazer season has ended. After the Blazer season has ended the sports becomes removed from the local media and fans must suffer without the help of psychologists in coping with the withdrawal because the money has been earmarked for the truly needy, the newspaper dedicated to other issues, and the local sports radio station to discussing personal issues.

Portland area has demonstrated an abundance of fans with the support of college football, minor league hockey, the Blazers and even the amount of people who drive to Seattle for baseball. Time for the foot dragging to stop with such pedantic moves as trying to gauge if people will support hockey, when they already support minor league hockey. Portland area has the fan support base for a team to relocate, but now needs an owner to step up to the plate and force the local politicians to feel the fans heat when an owner forces action by politicians by announcing their desire to move to Portland.

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Old 05-17-2001, 04:29 PM   #2
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You already have your site address located in your signature. There's no reason for you to write it again. You know that. Marc's been through this with you enough.

Nice post for Blazer fans to read though ...
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Old 05-17-2001, 04:35 PM   #3
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I feel the same way about Columbus...now we finally have one pro team.
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Old 05-17-2001, 11:24 PM   #4
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And I know you do not mean to run smack and rub it in that while Columbus also has one major franchise, but has Cleveland to the North and Cincy to South, whereas Portland is an wasteland without the competition of Columbus, but can manage but one team.

It's pathetic that Columbus received more consideration than Portland for a hockey team. And you can listen to various sports stations, whereas our local station today discussed whether men should be use women's body lotion, and what smell.
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Old 05-18-2001, 11:12 PM   #5
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What makes it so pathetic?...neither Cleveland or Cincy have a hocky team. Why is it so bad for our city to get a team. You probably live in Portland are just jealous that we got a team.
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Old 05-19-2001, 12:16 AM   #6
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Jealous of Columbus? Not. But it certainly remains embarassing for Portland sports fans to fed the line that Seattle or the Bay Area represents us as a local team. Very impressive that Columbus beat out both Cincy and Clev for the hockey team. That is an upset.

Look how baseball has expanded into the south and southwest, even hockey and football has done the same, and they continue to skip a much larger market in Portland for a smaller market. Jealous, not, embarassed, yes. Even now with a baseball team for a minimal amount the support still does not exist.

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Jealous of Columbus? Not. But it certainly remains embarassing for Portland sports fans to fed the line that Seattle or the Bay Area represents us as a local team. Very impressive that Columbus beat out both Cincy and Clev for the hockey team. That is an upset.

Look how baseball has expanded into the south and southwest, even hockey and football has done the same, and they continue to skip a much larger market in Portland for a smaller market. Jealous, not, embarassed, yes. Even now with a baseball team for a minimal amount the support still does not exist.
How is Columbus getting a team an upset? Just because bordering cities already have professional franchises? In fact, Columbus is Ohio's most populated city.

Now, I am not saying Portland shouldn't get a NHL team, because they definitely should. Portland has some of the best fans in the NBA with the Blazers.
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Old 05-19-2001, 10:34 AM   #8
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You need to consider what a population market represents. Cincy ranks 24th, Clev ranks 16th, and Columbus ranks 33rd.

Portland at 23rd had no chance and continues to have no chance, whereas Columbus fought tough odds in attracting a team against two larger markets. Portland has no clue.

And in Ohio, both Clev and Cinc figure they can both attract people from Columbus and with both Clev and Cincy having teams already, they also have better name recognition and status.

http://www.census.gov/population/cen...c-t3/tab03.txt
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I don't recall Cleveland or Cincy even wanting an NHL team.
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Old 05-19-2001, 11:41 PM   #10
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Since Cincy already has minor league hockey and Cleveland has a basketball arena, and minor league hockey, with the arena capable of doubling for hockey. Ihope this is not just city jealously with Columbus finally prevailing against the mightier Clev and Cincy.
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