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Roy Is A Northwest Guy
Release: 01/26/2009
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Jan. 26, 2009

By Brian Hendrickson
Columbian Staff Writer

SEATTLE -- The couple hundred fans gathered at Niketown on Thursday bore a look rarely seen in Pacific Northwest sports.

Some wore University of Washington shirts, standing alongside others donning Portland Trail Blazers jerseys -- representatives of rival cities in rival states. Even a couple Washington State shirts peppered the crowd, and at least one fan wore a UW headband with his Blazers jersey.

They were opposing fan bases gathered for a single purpose -- one unveiled when Brandon Roy stepped into view to a boy-band cheer.

The former Washington All-American and current Trail Blazers All-Star had returned home to see his Huskies jersey retired. But the reception from fans at Niketown and in a whirlwind day of radio show spots, media interviews and celebrity appearances revealed a connection that transcends team allegiances and local roots.

Roy may be cheered in Portland as the franchise player. But in Seattle, he has become the franchise.

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