I honestly don’t think I’m overreacting, but after watching the game that Portland put on against the Title favorite Lakers, I’m afraid we might not win any games this year. Even more shocking is that Gregory Odester is probably going to go 0-from the field for the season too.

I don’t know about everyone else, but I’m ready to turn to our secret weapon now that I know all of the offseason hype was for nothing. I mean, now that I know Brandon and Little-a are busts this year and won’t get any better than they were on Tuesday night, let’s just activate Danielle Lloyd.

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That Guy

October 10, 2008

Greetings Blaze Nation,

I’m writing you today with a message of enormous import. Our Blazers look GREAT in our minds. The sexiest team by far when we use our imaginations and everyone fulfills their potential without hiccup. Brandon will not only be an all-star again, but probably the MVP of the game. LaMarcus will make good on his attempt to joining the midseason festivities, and also jump from 3rd in the voting to most improved player. Rudy will exhibit DKV Joventut-like domination and likely be the 6th man of the year. Jerryd will eventually see time as the starter as he defers his shoot first mentality and fits like a grandfather cog in Kevin Pritchard’s flawless machine. And most importantly, Gregory Oden will be the Finals MVP, Defensive Player of the Year, and average 18 to 20 points per game to boot. Read the rest of this entry »

Big-L, little-a, Marcus

October 2, 2008

I feel like this should be an open letter to the rest of the Association.

See, while everyone (including Portland Trailblazer’s hype machinists) is so focused on the continued ascension of BRoy, the debut of Gregor Oden, the arrival of Rudy F. Baby and Jerryd Bayless, I can’t help but feel like that Longhorn alum, Texas native, and 2006 Big 12 Defensive player of the year, LaMarcus Aldridge gets lost in the hustle and bustle. Read the rest of this entry »

It’s too cliche to say, “I’ll be the first to admitt when I’m wrong”.  That’s just a way for people to try and be right when everyone who is paying attention already knows they’re wrong.  Like: “Ooo, I’m embarassed that everyone knows I’m an idiot, so I’ll try to seem humble by acknowledging I was in the wrong after I announce my humbleness to everyone.”

Well, I’m an idiot.  Rudy Fernandez is sick-a-licious.  I dogged him for a while back when Mike Rice was creaming his shorts over Rudy’s youTube videos.  But after watching him POwn the best competition in the world at the Olympics (albeit for only like 6 games), I got chills.

My buddy C’Ron that works for the Blazers told me not to be a victim of the moment, and that Rudy still has a lot of work to do.  That’s fair, I’m sure everyone has a lot of work to do.  But in fairness, Kobe abuses everyone, so it’s not as though Rudy’s inability to stop KB24 down the stretch is a glaring weakness.  So I can’t help it: I am unquestionably a victim of moments like these…

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With a 1.7% chance of winning the NBA Lottery, the Chicago Bulls now have first pick in the upcoming NBA 2008 draft. But now comes the question, what to do with the first pick? Without a 1980’s Trail Blazer management to pick ahead of them, screw things up and make it easier to find a Jordanesque type of team/franchise changing player, the Bulls will have to do this one all on their own. The last time the Bulls had the first pick, they took Elton Brand. While not a bad pick in any way, it didn’t work out for them. With that said, the two seemingly consensus top picks are Michael Beasley (Kansas State/Forward) and Derrick Rose (Memphis/Point Guard). Read the rest of this entry »

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At the writing of this post, the Boston Celtics are currently leading the Detroit Pistons in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals. It seems that they’re at home and playing that inspired brand of basketball that we’ve come to expect from them and yearn for when they’re away from the Garden. I’m guessing Doc Rivers brings out a whole new philosophy for the away games, “Save your best for your fans. They deserve and paid to be there when you play well.” Or something of that nature. Well, as one ESPN.com writer rants ranted, the pre-game speeches which we are only privy to seconds of may sound like this in their entirety. Follow the link, or read on below: Read the rest of this entry »

Quick Fix for O.J.

May 13, 2008

Let me start out controversially enough to hopefully pique your interest, but I will not elaborate immediately:

“The improper benefits issue is a covertly systematic form of racism.”

I am NOT just rabble rousing, and I am NOT calling those people who are offended by improper benefits ‘racist’. However, we need to consider the young men whom are frequently at the epicenters of the biggest scandals. Because they are in fact just that, young men with eyes set on a golden ticket and a chance to deliver their families from poverty. Conventional wisdom might tell some of us that if the golden ticket were there at a young age, then it would still be there when a person were officially eligible to receive money.

While it would be hard to put yourself in those shoes, try to think about how far away that payday must seem to a teenage boy with the weight of saving his family on his shoulders. Read the rest of this entry »

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When you read things like this:

“If the New York Knicks trade Randolph and either Eddy Curry or Jamal Crawford for short-term deals, they can be under the cap and in the bidding for King James.”

This sort of thing just illustrates the make believe world that the once proud New York Knicks currently reside in.  As if Jimmy Dolan, Zeke Thomas, and Starbury weren’t cartoonish enough, the media and the delusional fans feed even more into the fantasy that success is possible here. Read the rest of this entry »

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The North East corner of the United States is always relevant. Even when the NY Knicks aren’t relevant, they are relevant because of their irrelevance. Beantown has risen to an epic level with Football and Baseball teams dominating their sports over the last half decade, and if the NBA Season goes as many are predicting, the C’s will be Red Auerbaching their way into Pats and Sox company.

The lower part of the Left Coast is never short of attention, hype and expectation with its Hollywood, Dodger blue, the Purple and Gold, 49er Gold, the Golden Bear’s Allison Stokke, UCLA Hoops, USC football, LA Kings, and most importantly LA Sparks. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »