Blaze Nation: Tomorrow

March 9, 2008

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It isn’t often that a team that is 6.5 games out of the final playoff spot gets talked about as often as the current installment of Port Town’s Blazers do. I get the distinct feeling in my interactions with other Blaze Nationals, that they just assume Portland should be talked about on ESPN as glowingly as they are, or on TNT telecasts that don’t even feature the Blazers, just because we think that highly about our hometown boys. We should take the time to understand how out of the ordinary this actually is. Keep in mind that the #9 Nuggets and the #8 Warriors don’t get as much run as the #10 Blazers. That’s right, 2 teams vying against one another for the final playoff spot in the uber competitive Left Conference are apparently so much less compelling that they lose airtime to a team they are a combined 11 games better than. Read the rest of this entry »

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I asked a question the other day that essentially boiled down to Portland’s immediate and distant future: Who should the Blazer’s draft when they defy the odds and win the draft lottery again this spring? Jay Kay everyone, I know they won’t pick #1 again, but apparently, a lot of people think the pick should be traded for a veteran presence. I mean, why add another young player to try and fill our current needs, when we have Greg Oden and Rudy Fernandez coming next year, right? Here’s the thing about that folks: this will prove to be a deeper, more talented draft than even ’03. A veteran presence could also mean an “old dog” to attempt to teach new (Nate McM) tricks, and though I’m sure a lot of you are reading about Rudy Fernandez, listening to Mike Rice give inflated praise to him, and watching his youTube reels, we don’t know who he is. Read the rest of this entry »

Mets hate Jose Reyes

March 7, 2008

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     For whatever reason, the NY Mets are attempting to cripple their best player (perhaps the 2nd or 3rd most talented player in the Majors).  As an Atlanta Braves fan, I’ll go ahead and say it: there is no one that scares me more when he comes to the dish than Jose Reyes.  Read the rest of this entry »

NW Hoops musings

March 7, 2008

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I’ve been debating with friends for a while over who will be the better pro of the 3 Oregon Duck Seniors that will get drafted. I hear that Maarty doesn’t have the physical tools, that Bryce is too inconsistent, and that Malik is going to be a force. Almost universally I hear this. I have trouble believing that Maarty won’t find at least a Luke Walton/David Lee niche. (is it terrible that I necessarily lumped him in with 2 other white forwards that aren’t terribly athletic, but do the dirty work that coaches love?) And I think with the reduced pressure of his team NEEDING him to score to succeed, Bryce will open the flood gates and be a nice little Michael Finley-type. I mean, “yes”, obviously Finley was needed to score early in his career… so maybe I should say: Jason Kapono instead.

…and…

Who do the Blazers need in the draft this year? PG? Specifically Darren Collison, Jerryd Bayless, another shocking early pick and Derrick Rose? SF? Danilo Gallinari, Tyler Smith, or Ryan Anderson? …or my personal favorite that might not make sense: Kevin Love?

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What up ya’ll, I’m here to breakdown the Big Dance for anyone who wants the truth. I figure I’ll take it step by step so I don’t overflow your systems right off the bat. I’m gonna throw out a list of sleepers, pretenders and contenders as we’re getting down to tourney time. Here’s the first installment, hope you enjoy. Read the rest of this entry »

So I only listened to that simpleton Justin Meyers for about 30 minutes today.  Obviously it was 30 of the most annoying minutes of my life… seriously.  Let’s openly discuss his ineptitudes.  If you listened longer than I did, fill me in on how much more dumb conversation got.  If you missed his mindless banter, just help us bash him anyway.

“Idol”:

re: Favre - Derek Jeter is the only person in any sport that is MVP caliber and universally loved, on the level that Brett Favre was.  Meyers made a point to state that it couldn’t be Kobe, whom “Idol” thinks hands down is better than LeBron (because LeBron is too young, and he apparently has some other things that are holding him back according to “Idol”), but Kobe is too hated to be on Favre’s level.  Who else did he shoot down?

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I first wondered this when Ziller pondered out loud in his blog if the Hornets would see a turnaround in their poor attendance. Obviously this wasn’t enough to really ring any alarms, it was in fact a perfectly normal question for anyone watching the NBA this year to ask. But there was more still…

Ziller would later post about the Portland Trailblazers and their displeasure with their current selection of point men. He goes on to re-iterate what some others have speculated that Spain’s Rudy Fernandez will be the answer, as his arrival will free up Brandon iRoy to move to the 1Guard. What’s that, this isn’t relevant to the Harry Connick Jr. argument? I know. Yadda yadda, draft DJ Augustine, blah blah draft Ty Lawson, and then he says this in his Blazer blog:

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Please read carefully this time:

I do not now have problem with the Red Sox organization or players, nor did I ever say that I did have a beef. I’m not upset in the slightest that they’ve won 2 out of the last 4 World Series. I won’t be surprised at all if the Jacoby Ellsbury-led Sox win 2 more titles in 4 more years. I will even camp overnight to be sure I am the first in line to buy tickets to go watch another Farrelly brothers Sox movie starring Jimmy Fallon and Curt Schilling’s Sock about how Johnny Damon has rings on 3 fewer fingers than David Ortiz.

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Forgetful in Beantown

March 4, 2008

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Dear Red Sox Nation,

Now that you’ve won your 2nd World Title in 4 seasons, I trust that this upcoming season, the rest of the baseball loving community can anticipate less childlike behavior from you. We all want to enjoy the MLB season, but since 1999, you have to understand that you have become quite insufferable. Read the rest of this entry »