41-41: Not Just a Silly Prediction Anymore (with Oden Injury Video)

December 6th, 2009 by Keith Becker uosportsdude.com Leave a reply »
He acknowledged his mistake. He apologized. He even took it back.

But it was too late.

From the second Bill Simmons wrote it, the outrage among Blazer fans was palpable.

"Blazer fans went ballistic," he said. "They became really, really super, super crazy upset about it. Saying stuff like, 'You're crazy! You're the biggest idiot! Don't come here for your book tour!' It's like, 'whoa, settle down, I just picked you to go 41-41, it's not like I built a Brandon Roy voodoo doll or something.'"

Why the outrage?

Before the season, the Sports Guy dubbed the Blazers as the "You-Thought-We'd Take-Another-Leap, But-Instead-We-Went-Backward-Because-Expectations-Were-Too-High, We-Tinkered-With-Our-Chemistry-And-Our-Young-Guys-Tuned-Out-Their-Coach" Team.

Not something a city with only one professional sports franchise wanted to hear.

But with each passing day, Simmons' prophecy is gaining momentum— and casualties.

First, it was Nicolas Batum, then Travis Outlaw, and then another—LaMarcus Aldridge.

Bad luck? Sure.

But tonight, the world came crashing down on Blazer ...

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