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Our First Blazers Game
My wife and I went to our first Blazers game today. What an amazing game. NBA games are always fun to me, especially after a few beers. Again, beer makes everything better. It is becoming my religion. Even without beer, you would have to have been dead to not enjoy this game. We thought the Blazers had lost the game by mid 2nd quarter, but they somehow came back in the final minutes winning the game by 1 point in the final seconds! I normally don’t watch a lot of sports, but a live NBA experience is a very exciting experience. Since I am lazy and a glutton for comments, please answer me these two questions:
1. What the hell does Rip City mean?
2. What is the story on the Portland Trail Blazers mascot? Is that a cougar? Is that what a Trail Blazer is?

8 Comments so far

  1. morty (unregistered) on January 27th, 2008 @ 6:57 pm

    I was raised on the legend that Blazer Broadcaster extraordinaire Bill Schonely (The Schonz) coined the phrase "Rip City" to describe the sound the ball makes as it tears through the basket when its nothin’ but net.
    And you’re right about the beer thing.

  2. McAngryPants (unregistered) on January 27th, 2008 @ 7:15 pm

    beer makes everything better. marriage for one…

    /me ducks as wife smacks me

  3. melissa lion (unregistered) on January 27th, 2008 @ 9:21 pm

    I’m a glutton for indulging others’ gluttony.

  4. brewcaster (unregistered) on January 28th, 2008 @ 7:53 am

    Rip City is a nickname for Portland, Oregon usually used in the context of the city’s National Basketball Association (NBA) team, the Portland Trail Blazers. The term was coined by the team’s legendary play-by-play announcer Bill Schonely.

    Ok, that still doesn’t ‘splain it.

    What about that damn mascot????

  5. Brandon (unregistered) on January 28th, 2008 @ 11:01 am

    I’ve heard "Blaze," the team’s mascot, described as a "trail cat." That said, I have no idea what a trail cat is. I imagine it’s something like a cougar only cartoonish, pale white and a biped capable of dancing and dunking basketballs.

  6. Derrick (unregistered) on January 28th, 2008 @ 12:31 pm

    From the blazers website:
    Meet Blaze, the Trail Blazers mascot. Blaze is the one and only Trail Cat, a unique mountain lion sub species. Not long ago, among the towering pines deep in the Oregon Cascades, a family of mountain lions welcomed a new litter of cubs. Two of the cubs were normal in color and appearance, but the third was different.

    His fur was a unique two-toned silver and his ears and tail looked like blazing flames. Playful and friendly, the young lion cub tried hard to fit in with the other cats, but to no avail. While they had fun scaring hikers and chasing elk, he was left to play on his own. Dejected, he left the group and aimlessly wandered the forests longing for a home and his calling in life.

    Months later, following the advice of a friendly hiker, the big cat found his way to the Oregon Humane Society hoping for help in finding a home. Taking immediate notice of the unique appearance and lovable demeanor of the new arrival, OHS Director Sharon Harmon said, "I think I have an idea," and she phoned Trail Blazers headquarters at the Rose Garden. She described the loveable lion’s special attributes to Trail Blazers management…..and as luck would have it the timing was perfect. The Blazers had been thinking about a new addition to their team….a mascot! "Our fans have wanted a mascot for years," said Trail Blazers Owner Paul G. Allen. "I think the time is right for a new Trail Blazers ambassador."

    So some of the Trail Blazers and a group of local children went to meet the orphaned cub. "He’s the right colors and check out those blazing ears," said one. "He sure is friendly, I think the fans will like him," said another. Right away, the Trail Blazers were sold, and adopted the frisky feline to become the team’s first ever mascot. Newly christened "Blaze" jumped for joy. It turns out his uniqueness wasn’t a liability after all! In fact, because of his distinctive coloring and blazing features, a one-of-a-kind new species known as the "Trail Cat" was created by the Trail Blazers in his honor. So it was done, he had finally found his destiny: To cheer on the Trail Blazers and put smiles on the faces of Portland fans everywhere!

  7. Derrick (unregistered) on January 28th, 2008 @ 12:39 pm

    Also, I was at this game last night, too. Lucked into some seats near half court about 10 rows back. Totally different watching the game from that perspective, you get a real sense of the unreal athleticism.

    The Rose Garden was really rocking last night… just a tremendous atmosphere. Brandon Roy is proving to be so incredibly clutch. Go Blazers!

  8. Derrick (unregistered) on January 28th, 2008 @ 12:54 pm

    One last thing… this link sort of touches on why this particular team is so damn likeable. Nice reporting by the Oregonian’s Jason Quick:

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