You guessed it, we are passionate (sometimes to a fault) sports fans right here in the Pacific Northwest. Not quite enough? Maybe a little more background? We are three friends in our Twenties who were born and raised in Oregon. Though we wouldn’t all meet until college it didn’t take long to learn we all had the same sickness. We couldn’t watch enough sports. Blazers, Beavers, Mariners and Seahawks. If you want to find out what we’re doing in our spare time it probably involves a sentence with at least one of those words in it.
We all go through life, not just casually watching our favorite teams, but living and dying with them through each and every game. Whether it was the unimaginable high of the Seahawks dominating Super Bowl 48 after nearly 40 years of futility, or the depressing low of that fateful goal line play in Super Bowl 49. Even presently, the mere uttering of Malcom Butler’s name is usually followed by us projectile vomiting.
We remember 116 wins by the M’s. We also remember asking our dad’s how they could’ve possibly lost to the Yankees in the ALCS that same year. Four games to one no less.
Blazers? Yeah we came of age during the “jailblazer”era. So take that as you will. But don’t roll your eyes or you’ll end up with a dumbbell to the back of your head like Chris Dudley. We remember how stacked that 2000 team was and the unmatched cast of characters that made each and every game must see TV. We remember the heartbreak of the conference finals that same year. The lasting image of Shaq’s giant pointer fingers extended to the sky following the alley oop of “he who shall not be named” (we hope retirement blows).
And of course the Beavs. The team that first brought us all together in college. From football in 2000, to the back to back College World Series Championships, to ending a 25 year NCAA tournament drought in basketball. The Beavers have brought us some incredible moments. However to stick with the preceding theme, character is built in the valley. Quite literally for Beaver fans, in the heart of the Willamette Valley. Let’s see there was the UW game in 2000 that derailed the national championship train, not to mention a couple of losses to FCS schools to open up football seasons. Baseball has been pretty solid in our lifetimes, but there have been some rough patches, such as losing our own regional after being ranked #1 in the final national poll. Oh, and basketball…. the low point there would be the fact that we we’re allowed to actually have a team from 1991-2015. GARBAGE! Looking at you Craig.
Enough of the getting to know us and our proudest sports moments and scars. Here’s what we will bring to the table. Unfiltered and candid analysis and opinions regarding our favorite teams. We aren’t going to use the media clichés or give you the easy answers. We are going to say exactly how we feel, because we’re fans and nobody is paying us. We are doing this because we love sports and we love our local teams. Except the Ducks… read the Oregonian or the Registered Guard if that’s what you’re looking for. So if you like these teams but you’re sick of the same old sports analysis from those just towing the company line, go ahead and read our blog. Or follow us on twitter @PNWSportsFans. Or don’t. Doesn’t make a difference to us.
Grace and Peace,
PNW Sports Fans