1. Kendrick Perkins and the "Icy Stare"; The New Overrated

    The Oklahoma Thunder have one of the most enjoyable rosters to watch in the entire NBA. From the high-scoring Kevin Durant to the defensive talents of Serge Ibaka, they bring something to almost every facet of the game...

    Drew Barton Written by Drew Barton about over 2 years ago 295 reads 0 comments

  2. Introducing a New Performance Metric: The Rudy Fernandez

    During the fourth quarter of the Trail Blazers victory over the Toronto Raptors, there was a moment that drove Blazers broadcaster Mike Barrett absolutely crazy...

    Drew Barton Written by Drew Barton about over 3 years ago 536 reads 1 comments

  3. Portland Trail Blazers: Are They More Fun To Watch Without Brandon Roy?

    There is an oft-cited belief among Blazer fans that, for many, has become an article of faith. It is repeated often and loudly. The Blazers are more fun to watch without Brandon Roy...

    Drew Barton Written by Drew Barton about over 3 years ago 756 reads 5 comments

  4. An NBA Fan; Fond memories, Great Performances, and Legends Passed

    Maurice Lucas had more or less moved on from the Blazers by the time I became what I would call an "aware" fan. I was too young when the Blazers won their only Championship to fully comprehend what was going on...

    Drew Barton Written by Drew Barton about over 3 years ago 364 reads 1 comments

  5. Los Angeles Clippers: 'Glad I'm Not a Fan' Reason No. 1,676,475

    One of the best parts of the first couple of weeks of the NBA season is watching game after game that has something to intrigue me. It could be comparing the new looks of Dirk Nowitzki and Andrei Kirilenko to see what is worse...

    Drew Barton Written by Drew Barton about over 3 years ago 405 reads 1 comments

  6. Go Away, Rich Cho: On the Nature of Portland Trail Blazer Fandom

    Growing up, one constant was listening to "the Schonz," Bill Schonely, call Blazer games on the radio. Players like Jim Paxson were celebrated not for their stunning talent but because they were Blazers, drafted and developed by the team...

    Drew Barton Written by Drew Barton about over 3 years ago 634 reads 18 comments

  7. Apathetic Blazermania

    As the various packets that come with being a season ticket holder arrive in staggered increments, there has been a very confusing emotion attached. Apathy. This is rather stunning...

    Drew Barton Written by Drew Barton about almost 4 years ago 543 reads 1 comments

  8. Is Portland returning To the Jailblazer days?

    There was a time when the Portland Trailblazers were a good team verging on the great. They were good enough to hold a 4th quarter Game 7 double-digit lead. It is a revisionist lie to say they did not have fans...

    Drew Barton Written by Drew Barton about 4 years ago 48 reads 13 comments

  9. Brandon Roy: The Kevin Duckworth Moment of the Current Blazers Generation

    For Portland Trailblazer fans like me, the 2009-10 season, started with tremendous optimism. Every season we were told to lower our expectations, that the team was too young and inexperienced to make much progress...

    Drew Barton Written by Drew Barton about 4 years ago 330 reads 3 comments

  10. Can half a team defeat the Suns? Check out the Blazers

    The Phoenix Suns are prohibitive favorites to defeat the Portland Trailblazers in the first round of the playoffs.Lets get that off our chest first thing...

    Drew Barton Written by Drew Barton about 4 years ago 193 reads 0 comments

  11. Defending the Enemy; Don Nelson Was Right

    Throughout his long and very successful career, Don Nelson has received a lot of criticism from time to time. Much of it has been directed at his unorthodox use of smaller line-ups...

    Drew Barton Written by Drew Barton about 4 years ago 293 reads 0 comments

  12. Portland Trailblazers: There Are Moments When It's Great To Be a Fan

    The last couple games have been pretty rough for Portland Trailblazers fans. First, there was the debacle in the Dallas game where the referees had a huge impact on the contest...

    Drew Barton Written by Drew Barton about 4 years ago 287 reads 3 comments

  13. Chris Bosh Vs. LaMarcus Aldridge: Not Who's Better, but Who Really Fits?

    In response to a recent post explaining why I elected not to renew my season tickets largely due to the trade of Travis Outlaw, I was asked what I thought of the LaMarcus Aldridge for Chris Bosh trade rumors ...

    Drew Barton Written by Drew Barton about over 4 years ago 1,474 reads 1 comments

  14. Trip City: What is Wrong with Brandon Roy and the Portland Trail Blazers?

    Prior to the season there was a lot of optimism in Rip City. It made a lot of sense because the team, at least on paper, had clearly improved...

    Drew Barton Written by Drew Barton about over 4 years ago 503 reads 2 comments

  15. Portland Trailblazers-Detroit Pistons: Brandon Roy Needs Help in the Fourth

    The excitement in the air was palpable. These Blazers were coming off a 4-1 road trip that included a road win over the Hornets. In some ways, that brought relief...

    Drew Barton Written by Drew Barton about over 4 years ago 399 reads 1 comments

  16. Reeling Blazer Fans Wonder What's Happening with 2-3 Start

    Going into the season, my hopes for this year's Blazer team were sky-high. Coming off a very fun 54-28 year, having upgraded the three weakest positions, and entering the fourth year ...

    Drew Barton Written by Drew Barton about over 4 years ago 77 reads 2 comments

  17. Denver Nuggets to Portland Trail Blazers: We Are Still Better

    At the 7:19 mark in the fourth quarter, LaMarcus Aldridge found a red-hot Rudy Fernandez open beyond the arc. He made the extra pass, Fernandez drained the three, the Blazers led 81-74, the Rose ...

    Drew Barton Written by Drew Barton about over 4 years ago 477 reads 6 comments

  18. Oh, Is It Houston? No Problem For Trail Blazers

    Change came early with the opening tip. That was not Joel "the Thrilla" Przybilla with the opening tip. Greg Oden did enough in the pre-season to earn the starting job...

    Drew Barton Written by Drew Barton about over 4 years ago 125 reads 1 comments

  19. T Is for Title: The Portland Trail Blazers' Season Preview

    Last season, the Blazers tied with the Nuggets for the best record in the Northwest Division, 54-28. They then gave back all the hard work in the first game of the playoffs, getting rolled up at home by Utah...

    Drew Barton Written by Drew Barton about over 4 years ago 119 reads 4 comments

  20. Preseason Melt-down; How the Jazz Wrecked the Blazers

    Last night was the first preseason game I have been able to attend this year. I settled comfortably into my old home, took a picture with my camera phone of the Rose Garden and sent it to a couple ...

    Drew Barton Written by Drew Barton about over 4 years ago 202 reads 1 comments

  21. Trailblazers Preseason Basketball: What We Can Learn?

    Last season, the Blazers were done in by two things in the post-season; first, they were not physical enough and second, when they absolutely had to score, they could not. So as this preseason gets rolling, Portland has several questions to answer...

    Drew Barton Written by Drew Barton about almost 5 years ago 246 reads 1 comments

  22. Do the Blazers Need To Bring In Outside Players?

    When last season started, I was considered unreasonably optimistic. Respected sites with good reputations pointed out that the jump from 41 wins to 50 wins was much more difficult than the jump ...

    Drew Barton Written by Drew Barton about almost 5 years ago 250 reads 4 comments

  23. Why Jason Kidd Would Ruin the TrailBlazers

    A few years ago, the Trailblazers were making a run at the title. They had a very talented roster with players such as Rasheed Wallace, Scottie Pippen, Arvydas Sabonis, Brian Grant, and Damon Stoudamire leading the charge...

    Drew Barton Written by Drew Barton about 5 years ago 354 reads 3 comments

  24. Baseball Steroids and Sports Officiating:The Myth of the Level Playing Field

    It is time to say what should have been said a long time ago. The complaints about baseball's steroid users are ridiculous, nonsensical, and disingenuous...

    Drew Barton Written by Drew Barton about 5 years ago 470 reads 2 comments

  25. The Legend Continues: Roy Leads the Blazers Past the Rockets in Game 2

    Prior to the game, I was shocked at how demoralized Blazer fans were. For example, at work there were four co-holders of season tickets...

    Drew Barton Written by Drew Barton about 5 years ago 92 reads 1 comments