Old school RIP City fans Get in this thread

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  1. Phatguysrule

    Phatguysrule Well-Known Member

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    I would also consider myself a "pitcher" rather than a "catcher".

    But I don't know why we're getting so personal in here...
     
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    Phatguysrule Well-Known Member

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    I was just a twinkle in my Dad's eye...
     
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    Tweak Well-Known Member

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    I was 21, drinking beer at the Waldorf Tavern in Astoria.
     
  4. RonBrewer

    RonBrewer Well-Known Member

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    Man i do remember the shot vs. The Bulls. I vividly remember him holding his open faced hand to his face while staring down the Bulls. Back then it was called "Face" He "Faced 'em" forgot about that but as soon as you mentioned it, i can remember it and him running around the court with the "Face" sign
     
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  5. UncleCliffy'sDaddy

    UncleCliffy'sDaddy We're all Bozos on this bus.

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    "Honored Citizens" would be a far more accurate term. And I guess an appropriate response to a so very respectful youngster from those of us who experienced it is "neener neener chicken weiner". We lived it! Shoulda been there! (Gawd I love the maturity of old age........)
     
  6. UncleCliffy'sDaddy

    UncleCliffy'sDaddy We're all Bozos on this bus.

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    My wife and I were still newly weds and we were babysitting off and on for a couple my wife had met through her student teaching. Back in those days pretty much anyone could walk into the practices and watch what was going on. The husband of the couple we sat for was a huge fan and went to the practices as often as he could, and I still remember him coming back weeks before the season starting, with an almost dazed look on his face. Literally like he had seen the future and it was too awesome to actually believe. He went on and on (and on) about how that team was special and was going to go farther than any previous Blazers team (not a high bar at all at that time). He actually predicted that we could handle the super team 76'ers that everyone had already conceded the title to. He also thought we were going to be better than the Lakers. I thought the guy was smoking crack, but everything he said came true and then some. He just nailed it. Not to rub it in, but the whole experience is hard to describe. Little provincial Portland sticking it to the big boys.....and doing it by playing the most beautiful brand of team basketball. I think I appreciated that part even more than the trophy.........
     
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    Dr. Jack was the best
     
  8. Irish Trader

    Irish Trader Erin go Braugh

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    To start with to date myself I was in a history class with Kareem Jabbar at UCLA. I came to Portland in the fall of 1971. Saw my first game in the 71-72 season. Having been at UCLA I knew what a special player Walton was beyond all his hype at the time. Still the best center outlet passer I have ever seen. Only a couple of players even have the technique to make that pass today in the NBA. One thing not mentioned in this thread is the Paramount Theater. Tickets were very had to come by in those days. More than once I was at the Paramount to watch blazer games on the big screen at the theater. Here are two links about the Paramount and Pics of that storied season of the 77 championship.



    https://from-way-downtown.com/2022/...a-action-at-portlands-paramount-theater-1980/

    blazers championship 1977 paramount theater oregon
     
  9. THE HCP

    THE HCP NorthEastPortland'sFinest

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    I was almost turning 5…. For some reason I remember the whole neighborhood being on our neighborhood going crazy. Beer flying all over and they all running out to the street to celebrate. Parents have a cool picture of everybody freaking out. Can’t believe I remember that shit. RipCity fever was everywhere in NE Portland! My next memory was chasing cop cars begging for Blazers trading cars, or making sure my mom bought the right bread to get cards. Kermit Washington and Billy Ray Bates smelled SO good!
     
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    ROOKIE!!!!!!!!!!
     
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    tykendo Don't Tread On PDX

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    Funny you mention that Hollins shot vs Chicago. That was my 1st Trail Blazers game. I was a nerdy 13 year old kid, living in SE Portland , and new to the game of pro basketball. Kids at my school were talking about them, so i watched. I was already hooked on sports with Pro Football, and Major League Baseball, and my favorite player Steve Garvey. Once i watched that game i was hooked , but don't remember a lot of the games being on TV when i could watch. I didn't like soccer, but my friend took me to a Timbers game and a giant roar went out when they showed the score of the Blazers smashing the Lakers. I watched the finals at home , and remember horns going off in the distance after the win. My favorite player was Johnny Davis. I loved the team from then on, but my love has grown a 1000 times as much as it was then. I enjoyed the Championship, but the next one will mean the most to me. I know there are many in here who were fans from the beginning in 1970, and none will match that one to them. I was just so late to the party. I've had multiple football teams that i cheered for before becoming a full on Broncos Fan 1985 . Multiple baseball teams before becoming a fan of the Rockies in late 90's. But i've only had ONE basketball team in my life ever. And that's our Blazers. It's in my DNA. Born and raised in SE Portland.
     
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    tykendo Don't Tread On PDX

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    Bobby Gross was the unsung hero of that team. He was incredible. Super underrated.
     
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    tykendo Don't Tread On PDX

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    Then how the hell did you become a Laker fan H?
     
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    I was a Sophomore in H.S. down in the Willamette Valley. Just got my license, driving a new car....it would be the next winter (sadly) before I could find someone gracious enough to take my virginity. It had been up for sale....cheap...since I was 14, but no takers.

    Same year I went to see Kiss Tour at the Coliseum. Aerosmith Rocks was released. Boston was released. Smoking Red and Black Columbian. Man, those were the days.

    other songs that year...

    Don't Fear the Reaper
    Blinded by the Light
    Carry on Wayward Son
    Dirty Deeds and they're Done Dirt Cheep
    Fly Like an Eagle
    Hotel California
    Jailbreak
    Lido Shuffle
    Take the Money and Run
    Takin it to the Streets
    The Boys are Back in Town
     
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    tykendo Don't Tread On PDX

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    When we moved from SE to NE so i could attend Benson Poly Tech, i was all in on the Blazers. My mom would give me the money for bus fare, a snack, and admission to the Paramount to watch multiple games from '78 to '80. It was an amazing experience every time i went. They gave you a cool little roster pamphlet upon entrance. It was a truly loud and raucous atmosphere . I wish it had been around for the Drexler , Porter, Buck, Kersey, Duck Era. Blazers cable was way too expensive for one game on your TV in the early 90's. I think it was like 24.95 per game. I got a whole season Of Blazers basketball , living in Denver, on League Pass for 125 bucks. But the Paramount was absolutely the greatest experience, other than being at the Coliseum i ever had. Great memories. The Schonz was amazing doing the play by play in sync with the video. No delay like when you would try to listen to the Schonz, and watch it on TV.
     
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    tykendo Don't Tread On PDX

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    " Fire on High" by ELO was the song that was used by the NBA on CBS during the Championship Drive. It's a great instrumental that reminds me of that championship every time i hear it.
     
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    Kano John Start 'em young!

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    I was 21 and living in Lincoln City. I owned a shop called the Seagull Factory located on the d River ( I think there's a motel there now). Anyway - we didn't have a tv in the store so for the day games we would put a radio outside in the parking lot to get better reception and wait on customers during breaks. After the final game the brothers and I went to what in those days was called the Red Carpet Inn and partied the night away!
     
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    Kano John Start 'em young!

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    I graduated Benson in '74. I actually graduated a year early but that's a story for another day.
     
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    I was a senior in HS that year and a die-hard Blazer fan from day 1. We never even had a winning season before, so when they started to blow teams out toward the end of the year, we did not know what to think. The Blazers would start games with these 12-2 or 20-6 runs that happened so quickly. I think even Shonz was in disbelief.

    The playoffs were crazy. We barely got past the Bulls (2-1) Norm Van Lier was a tough MFer and the series was very physical
    Denver with David Thompson was easier (4-2)
    Then we swept the fucking Lakers with Kareem

    I only went to one live playoff game, but it was a memorable one. Sunday afternoon May 29th, game 3 against Dr. J and 6ers, down 0-2 and we won by 22.
    The Glass Palace was rocking that afternoon. Up to that point....the loudest I had ever witnessed. I don't remember ever sitting down. I remember telling my dad when I got home that we had a chance. Then after we ran them out of the gym in game 4 we really started to believe..........
     
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    Best offseason thread of the year!
     
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