Over at NBA.com, Scott Howard Cooper wrote a very nice perspective piece — complete with a thoughtful perspective, how novel — on the power of the “Blazermaniacs” with regards to their, and your, influence on Paul Allen and the front office. Essentially, he says, the power is yours. It’s nothing you don’t know, just well written and for a very large audience:
Executives clash with executives all the time, especially brash executives like Pritchard and double-especially when the other side, the guys at the top of the letterhead, may be looking at an eventual power vacuum creating a scramble for control. Sometimes it gets resolved and everyone moves forward as a happy family. Sometimes it doesn’t.
The difference with Portland is that Blazermaniacs are not to be messed with. They are the kind of fan base every organization should want, a nonstop wave of energy that backs the team as a civic institution. And they are the kind of fan base every organization should fear.
Blazermaniacs didn’t just get disgusted at the start of the millennium, those dark days when a police scanner, not a box score, was the best way to track the roster. They finally demanded a separation. Put a team on the court we can be proud of and we’ll be back, they said, but not until then. Attendance plummeted.
There’s a lot more meat on the bone, so I recommend getting over there and reading the entire thing. I know a lot of media personalities will say, and tell you, that people like Paul Allen don’t care what the fans think. Don’t let it get to you. Be heard.