Brandon Roy

Brandon Roy gives us the last great Blazer moment

Mon, 04/23/2012 - 6:59pm
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It seems strange to be talking about Game 4 of a playoff series, but the NBA lockout has caused the 2012 regular season to bleed into what would normally be the middle of the first round of best-of-seven series. But that doesn't matter, what matters is today April 23, 2012 is the one year anniversary of the last great Trail Blazer moment and what would turn out to be the last great performance of one of Portland's all-time greats.

After a January knee surgery, Brandon Roy was regulated to minimal minutes and a bench role. The one time savior of the of Game 4 showed us what we all missed.

Thanks to Pinwheel Empire for the video.

Roy’s moment.

I listened to excerpts of Brian Wheeler's call today and couldn't help but get chills. This happens sometimes to sports fans, whether it's a timely Kirk Gibson home run or a Miracle on Ice.

After that euphoric feeling I thought, "Wait, that was only a year ago?" That seemed strange to me. Think about what has happened since then. Roy only played in two more games for the Blazers then retired after another proposed pillar of the franchise, Greg Oden, had his umpteenth knee surgery and was cut from the team to find room for trade-away castoffs. And then Nate McMillan was fired mid-season.

Not only has the team changed dramatically in one year, more upheaval is on the way.

It may be a long time before Blazer fans have something like Brandon Roy and and his fourth quarter again. Thanks Brandon.

Linsanity and the Rose Garden

It's time to pull out the NBA schedule and look for New York's road trips
Feb. 15, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com

So, when do the Knicks play in Portland?

Watching the highlights of Tuesday's NBA game in Toronto, it hit me that the home crowd for the Raptors wasn't hoping for their team to win. Instead, fans were standing, screaming in the final seconds hoping to see something memorable as Jeremy Lin held the ball at the top of the key with time running down: 5, 4, 3. And, they got it.

Lin, the flavor of the moment in the sports world whose biography on Wikipedia is being updated daily, hit a game-winning, fade-away three-point shot with 0.5 seconds left to push the New York Knicks to a 90-87 win, their sixth straight since he moved into the starting line-up. Into the line-up from basically no where.

How often does that get said about a Harvard grad?

So, when do the Knicks play in Portland?

Well, they don't. Blame the NBA Lockout and reduced 66-game schedule.

Portland plays New York just once this season - March 14 at Madison Square Garden. By then, Lin could have guided the Knicks to 19-straight wins and be on the Republican ballot for President.

Or maybe the Democrats' ballot for as Vice-President. ("We just need his name to guarantee the Asian vote. He doesn't have to do anything - Vice-President is perfect!")

Tim Tebow. Remember him being mentioned for NFL MVP or even President?

How about the Giants? They play in New York, too, but that was so, like, two weeks ago.

Blazers fans got to experience the Rose City version of Linsanity four seasons ago when Brandon Roy took the team from the depths of the league to 13 straight wins, which eventually led to a 41-41 record and started better-than three seasons of sellout crowds at the Rose Garden.

The rest of the sports world might have yawned because the streak happened in Portland and didn't even get the Blazers to the playoffs. But, it started the home crowd back into screaming in unison for the team, and that's still in force even when the team loses by 15 to the Wizards.

Perhaps it's a good thing the Knicks aren't going to play in Portland because the way the seasons are going for the two teams, the Rose Garden might turn into Madison Square Garden - West with fans looking for something really, really memorable ... along with answers for how to get the Columbia River Crossing project moving again, more funding for Portland Public Schools, guidance on selecting a new mayor, about 21,000 autographs (each with a certificate of authenticy), and so on.

Or maybe, the Blazers would win and ruin the sports world.

 

Sportsland, Oregon: 11/23/2010 - #38

Wed, 11/24/2010 - 2:13am
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In the first part of an extra long holiday podcast, Los and the gang delve into the Blazers injury woes and their outlook for the rest of the season, and discuss the action around the rest of the league. Then they move on to BCS talk, including possible championship scenarios, Black Friday, and awards winners. This is all followed by the NFL, and early seasoncollege basketball action.

In Part 2, Los and the gang wrap up everything else they missed in Part 1, including NCAA Women's soccer, Baseball Rookie's of the Year, High School football playoffs, Kentucky vs Portland in Men's basketball, and this week's segments, including This Week in Oregon Sports History and What Plucks My Duck.

Sportsland, Oregon: 11/15/2010 - #37

Tue, 11/16/2010 - 2:08am
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In the first part of a two part episode, Los and the gang open up with their concerns about the Blazers situation, specifically Brandon Roy's comments and health. After that it's on to the world of college football, with plenty of Ducks talk after their tight win, which inevitably leads to BCS Championship talk and Heisman Trophy predictions. They wrap up Part 1 trying to figure out who the best team in the NFL is.

In Part 2, Los and the gang wrap up everything else they missed in Part 1, including NCAA Women's soccer, Baseball Rookie's of the Year, High School football playoffs, Kentucky vs Portland in Men's basketball, and this week's segments, including This Week in Oregon Sports History and What Plucks My Duck.  You can check it out in the nifty player on the right.

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