Portland Trailblazers: A Season Ticket Holder’s Tale of Unrequited Love

March 29th, 2010 by Busta Bucket Leave a reply »
The following is a reflection and commentary on my time as a Portland Trailblazers season ticket holder, but it easily applies to anyone who has ever owned season tickets to any professional sports team.

NBA? NFL? MLB? NHL? NCAA? Whatever the acronym is for soccer? Different sports, same experiences. Read on and tell me if I'm wrong.

Four seasons ago two friends and I bought a half-season ticket package for the Portland Trailblazers. At that point in franchise history, Zach Randolph was the king of Blazerland, Roy and Aldridge were a couple of rookies, and the playoffs were just a gleam in Kevin Pritchard's eye.

They were terrible, arguably one of the worst teams in the league and oh-so-cleverly tabbed as the "Jailblazers." They were so bad that they couldn't even give away tickets, which was a great opportunity for us because we couldn't really afford tickets.

As kids who grew up in a one sport city we were naturally huge Trailblazer fans. Going to a game was a rare luxury. Tickets were saved. Stories were told. Memories were made.

Season tickets were nothing more than a dream, something to aspire to when we ...

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