Wait-Weary Portland Trail Blazer Fans Flock to Oregon Ducks for Title Hopes

December 20th, 2010 by Rojo Grande Leave a reply »
Nudging the Chicago Cubs faithful, Portland Trail Blazer fans are right up there among sport's most patient followers.

Not only patient but loyal. Between 1977 and 1995, Blazer fans set an untouchable NBA record 814 consecutive sellouts.

Along with a handful of golden moments, they have endured the embarrassment of self-destruction, false hopes, last-second meltdowns and the Jordan era.

Since the championship year in 1977, Rip City has been on a roller-coaster ride of futility: two ring-less finals appearances and—most recently—a good shot at a title pinned on hopes that have become as fragile as Greg Oden's knees.

But unlike the Wrigley faithful, there seems to be a limit on patience in Portland.

When Brandon Roy and LaMarcus Aldridge were drafted by Portland in 2006, followed by Oden in 2007, a rough timeline of three years was allotted for development. Then, expectations of a run at the Western Conference title would supposedly come to fruition. Ultimately, contention for the NBA championship seemed to be just a matter of time.

Now, in 2010, the team is struggling to maintain a .500 record.

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