yes there are fans who drive from seattle and vancouver to portland for blazers games. and they amount to probably less than 50 a week.
You know how hippos are made out to be sweet and silly, like big cows, but are actually extremely dangerous and can kill you with stunning brutality? The Pacers are the NBA's hippos....Matt Moore CBS Sports....
And as you said, Vancouver is just across the border. The Vancouver Canucks are an NHL team that recently won their conference.
As far as Mike Wells is concerned. He is a journalist but he's also a human being. He should be free to speak his mind.
And he has a valid point. The Pacers have a number of die hards that will follow the team no matter what. But the Blazers have more die hards. It's simple.
I just hope that our fan base is going to expand and have a hardcore following as big as the Blazers
A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
Or throw in a first-round pick and flip it for a max-level point guard...
Personally, I wouldn't want a homer being our beat writer. I look at articles I see on ESPN by Heat and Lakers writers and I have to cringe because its just terrible. I actually just read an article about how Dywane Wade's pump-fake tends to fake out younger players (of course vets don't fall for it, they're vets).
I don't mind a guy speaking his mind at all. Twitter is an open forum and you can't expect to tell a guy he's doing a bad job and not expect retort.