Triumphs & Despair – Average Life of a RIP City Fan
The Portland Trail Blazers are like that extended family member that is always there for you, and no matter what they do in their own lives at the end of the day, you are proud of them for the willingness to be a part of your life.
The franchise reflects the life of an average person
A life filled with moments of greatness, sorrow, broken promises, and unfulfilled potential.
The team is a reflection of many of the lives that invest so much into it. The Blazers are loved because they also exhibit the best emotions in our lives.
Triumph over despair, boldness in the face of adversity, and a place to invest passion and love.
The family name is Rip City and the Trail Blazers are the patriarch that all fans support.
We have seen the evolution of this man, from a young baby in 1970, to a wild child in 1977.
With love and support, the member grew into a model citizen
From 1982-2003, the team made 21 consecutive playoff appearances and the family showed support.
Some years were more beneficial than others, 1990 and 1992 provided trips to the NBA Finals, the ultimate accomplishment for a franchise.
From 1977 through 1995, the team sold out 814 consecutive home games, the longest such streak in American major professional sports.
The Blazers made the city proud and the family thanked them in return.
Similar to life, our biggest falls usually are preceded by our biggest disappoints. The Blazers inability to close out the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2000 Western Conference Finals despite holding a 15-point fourth quarter lead in game seven forever changed the franchise and shook it to its core.
Many of us cried, and our once stable family member promised that he would bounce back.
In the darkest days, the family member found itself in jail despite appearing to be fairly stable on the exterior. Deep down we knew it was not the case, as the team succumbed to drugs during the Jail Blazers era.
Words were said out of anger (Bonzi Wells and autographs), and we drifted away. That said, the Blazers family never stopped loving the member, even as the family refused to give money to support its awful lifestyle.
Similar to of the some tribulations in our lives, the initial recovery after the fall is not always the one that sustains. Two-thirds of the promise left the family broken and in shambles, but it has not killed the family.
Similar to what we have done since the family member was born in 1970, we will always be there to pick him up.
For the family member has always given us hope, regardless of who is in his life.
Many friends have come and gone throughout the Blazers’ life
The hard working ones such as Brian Grant, Buck Williams, Jerome Kersey and Maurice Lucas have been some of the family’s favorites.
Others such as Kiki Vandeghwe, Clyde Drexler, Brandon Roy, and Bill Walton are the type of friends that we knew the team was lucky to have and treated them as such.
We loved our jokers and storytellers
Kevin Duckworth and Mike Rice fit that bill.
There were some bad apples in the mix: Bonzi Wells, Ruben Patterson, Zach Randolph, and Qyntel Woods were some of the worst influences, but yet the family member moved on.
The scars have made him what he is today.
As the family grows, we will continue to tell stories about their crazy Portland Trail Blazers family member.
Through the voice of storytellers Brian Wheeler and Bill Schonely, we will relive some of the finest days, and will continue to hope that your best ones are ahead, and will not end with the 1977 NBA Championship.
No matter who is advising the Trail Blazers and who acts as the parent, not a single person is bigger than the family and nothing will outlast the support of its city or its family.
Call it an average life if you would like, but the Portland Trail Blazers are no average family member.