Trail Blazers And Timbers Officially The Most Fitting Names In Pro Sports After Oregon Legalizes Recreational Pot
Yesterday was election day. Though we're not going to get too much into politics here, one major result that's worth sharing -- if only because it's funny -- is that Oregon passed Measure 91, legalizing personal possession, manufacture and sale of marijuana for people 21 years of age and older with 55 percent of the vote.
Oregon expects to enact a system similar to what Washington State and Colorado have created, allowing for taxation of the drug. But the passage of the measure is sweeter in Oregon than those two states, simply because it has two pro sports teams that can refer, however indirectly, to weed.
Jokes about the Trail Blazers -- from the pot-smoking "Jail Blazers" crew of Zach Randolph and Damon Stoudemire to the occasional headline that appears whenever Portland routs Denver -- have been around for years. The Timbers (and yeah, we're stretching timbers to mean trees, which is another word for weed; whatever, bro) only became a thing in 2011, but their deep green primary color (and even their alternate cherry red) couldn't be more perfect for making pot references going forward.
We love team names that reflect the local culture, which is why the Boston Celtics and New York Knicks and even New Orleans Pelicans are cool, while the Utah Jazz and L.A. Lakers are not. The Blazers and Timbers -- references to local heritage and history in their own rights -- just jumped up a level to elite team names. Congrats, guys.
The only question now: If the Raiders do end up moving to Portland, do we get to give them a more pot-pun-friendly name? The Portland Bowl-Packers? The Portland Rippers? How about: F.C. Potland? I can go all day, folks.
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