An NFL team in Oregon? Portland, Oregon that is. Really?
Apparently, when mundane states like Washington win events like the Super Bowl, other mundane states like Oregon think they may have what it takes to do the same thing.
The fire has been set ablaze 175 miles down south to Oregon football fans and some politicians about possibly receiving a professional team. They already have Mark Helfrich and the Oregon Ducks as a college football team and the LaMarcus Aldridge and the Portland Trailblazers for a little excitement but a professional football team would be nice. Really nice, actually. A team in Portland would give Seattle a rival, meaning even more excitement between the two cities. And more excitement to those two cities would mean more excitement to the NFL which would mean more excitement to the world.
Now, it doesn’t seem so bad.
“If you’re like me, you sat up in your chair this week when the Raiders owner Mark Davis started crowing about the failure of the Oakland to get a new stadium in place for his NFL team,” Oregonian newspaper columnist John Canzano said Sunday on Portland’s KGW-TV. “I know Los Angeles is at the front of the line, but it got me thinking about this state and what an NFL team might do for us.”
Canzano is saying that the people of Oregon should take action now while the urge is still there. The online petition for Governor John Kitzhaber to look into bringing a team to Oregon had over 2,650 people sign in by 12:30 pm on Thursday.
“And that might’ve been our Super Bowl parade last month,” said Canzano.
I don’t know about that Mr. Canzano, especially not with the way the Seahawks handled their 13-win season. And no parade would have been held in Portland with the way the Seattle defense sliced and diced through just about every offense they faced. No, they parade took place in the right place.
Anyway, it is pretty difficult to receive a professional sports team either through expansion or relocation. Seattle has been trying to receive a basketball team for a while now.
At this moment it feels great to be a Seahawks fan and probably even player. More people are seeing that your name doesn’t have to be Tom Brady or Eli Manning to win a Super Bowl and you don’t have to be picked in the first or second round to be elite like Russell Wilson or Richard Sherman. This season really was inspirational to the world. Why not you?
Canzano said it himself: “We’ve got to think bigger, we’ve got to aspire to be more. And we should never stop and say, ‘Well, this is just isn’t that kind of place.’ Opportunity shines on those who seize it Ask yourself, when the Raiders begin to move,” he said finding his inner Russell Wilson, “Why not us?”
Now everybody wants to be like us, so whose next? Idaho?