1. Blazers Preseason: Texas Hold 'Em at its Finest

    The NBA Preseason is, in many ways, the most irrelevant thing in basketball today this side of the WNBA. The final scores don't matter, the record bears no relationship to the regular ...

    Drew Barton Written by Drew Barton about almost 6 years ago 87 reads 0 comments

  2. Snap, Crackle, and Pop: The Portland Blazers are the Rice Krispies of the NBA

    Last year the Portland Trailblazers had the slogan "Rise With Us." This year, they were looking for a new slogan, one that echoed this year's theme for the team as well as last years. They are soon expected to announce their new slogan...

    Drew Barton Written by Drew Barton about almost 6 years ago 1,035 reads 8 comments

  3. Can Brandon Roy and Greg Oden lead the Blazers to playoff success?

    Tuesday night was the irst time Greg Oden, Jerryd Bayless and Rudy Fernandez showed up in Blazer uniforms in an NBA setting...

    Drew Barton Written by Drew Barton about almost 6 years ago 136 reads 0 comments

  4. Forget Greg Oden, Rudy Fernandez might be Rookie of the Year

    Tuesday, October 7th, 2008 marked the NBA debut of 3 highly touted rookies for the Portland Trailblazers; Center Greg Oden, Guard Rudy Fernandez and guard Jerry Bayless...

    Drew Barton Written by Drew Barton about almost 6 years ago 491 reads 1 comments

  5. Is Oregon State's Jacquizz Rodgers the Next Barry Sanders?

    In the first game of the season, the Oregon State Beavers showed their Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde nature. They performed brilliantly in some areas of the game and countered that with some gaffes that looked to potentially have serious long-term effects...

    Drew Barton Written by Drew Barton about almost 6 years ago 1,146 reads 7 comments

  6. Is Steve Blake better suited to start for the Blazers than Jerryd Bayless?

    It has become an article of faith among many Blazer fans that Jerryd Bayless will unseat the much-maligned Steve Blake from the starting point Guard position...

    Drew Barton Written by Drew Barton about almost 6 years ago 300 reads 6 comments

  7. 5 Most Entertaining Events in NFL Week One

    5. Forget Sweetness, Matt Forte is the Man! Everyone remembers Walter Payton. However, at this point in their careers Matt Forte just owns him. Peyton ran 8 times for 0 yards in his debut, Forte racked up 123 and a touch...

    Drew Barton Written by Drew Barton about almost 6 years ago 394 reads 3 comments

  8. Did naming the Oklahoma Franchise "Thunder" avoid a huge controversy?

    When the franchise formerly known as the Seattle Supersonics moved to Oklahoma they left behind a lot of things; rivalries, broken hearts, memories of greatness, team history and the team name...

    Drew Barton Written by Drew Barton about almost 6 years ago 703 reads 8 comments

  9. Sammie Stroughter and the Oregon State Beavers look to start strong

    The Coach Mike Riley era of Oregon State football has been both exciting and maddeningly frustrating. Year after year, promising seasons are disrupted by slow starts...

    Drew Barton Written by Drew Barton about almost 6 years ago 169 reads 3 comments

  10. Kevin Duckworth, R.I.P.

    Billy got us tickets to the Blazer game somehow, some way. I still to this day cannot figure out how he did it...

    Drew Barton Written by Drew Barton about almost 6 years ago 486 reads 5 comments

  11. Can we take another look at instant replay?

    As the pre-season game between the Bears and 49ers wound its way through the closing minutes of the second quarter, the 49ers finally punted. It had been a high scoring game with each team scoring on their first 3 or 4 possessions...

    Drew Barton Written by Drew Barton about 6 years ago 145 reads 0 comments

  12. Blazers catch one break too many:Is the Dynasty over before it begins?

    In previous discussions I have often mentioned the one thing that will prevent the Blazers from a long run with a lot of success would be injuries...

    Drew Barton Written by Drew Barton about 6 years ago 185 reads 1 comments

  13. Will early season schedule brutalities derail the Blazers playoff hopes?

    The 2007-08 season saw the Blazers lose #1 draft pick Greg Oden before a single game was played, lose All-Star Brandon Roy for multiple games, lose future All-Star LaMarcus Alrdidge ...

    Drew Barton Written by Drew Barton about 6 years ago 232 reads 1 comments

  14. Analyzing the Blazer Draft; Kevin Pritchard, Genius?

    Going into the draft the conventional wisdom was the Blazers needed a Small Forward and, more importantly, a Point Guard. They were targeting DJ Augustin and/or Russell Westbrook first and Joe Alexander...

    Drew Barton Written by Drew Barton about 6 years ago 384 reads 0 comments

  15. Open Mic: As the Blazer's GM, I will trade...

    If I were able to be the GM for any team in any sport I would select the Portland Trailblazers. They are poised for a run at greatness. The roster is stacked with every coach’s dream and nightmare: too much depth...

    Drew Barton Written by Drew Barton about 6 years ago 496 reads 2 comments

  16. Scouting the 2008-2009 Blazers: The Bench

    After taking a look at the possible starters for next season, it is time to take a look at the Blazer reserves.Joel 'the Thrilla' PrzybillaOffensively Joel is very, very limited. He has no mid-range game whatsoever and little if any post-up game...

    Drew Barton Written by Drew Barton about 6 years ago 254 reads 0 comments

  17. Scouting the 2008-2009 Blazers

    Heading into the off-season, Blazermania is scaling back a bit yet there is still palpable excitement. Next year is expected to be a break-through season and the fans are waiting with great anticipation...

    Drew Barton Written by Drew Barton about 6 years ago 473 reads 0 comments

  18. Things We Learned in the 2008 NBA Finals

    The 2008 Finals were amazing. They had an amazing match-up of the two premiere franchises over the history of the league, and the two best teams in their respective conferences this season. It was a classic "great offense versus great defense" series...

    Drew Barton Written by Drew Barton about 6 years ago 1,712 reads 6 comments

  19. The First Four Minutes: How Boston Turned the Finals Into a Series

    About two-and-a-half minutes into the game when Bryant made a layup to give the Lakers a commanding 3-2 lead I looked at my wife and said, "This game is pretty much over...

    Drew Barton Written by Drew Barton about 6 years ago 189 reads 0 comments

  20. The Greatest of All Time? Not even close.

    The debate over who "the greatest player ever" has gained currency as Kobe Bryant has led the Lakers back into the Finals...

    Drew Barton Written by Drew Barton about 6 years ago 193 reads 2 comments

  21. Go Away Jeff Van Gundy

    Having watched the first two games of the Finals I can honestly say I am finding them compelling. Normally anything involving the Lakers sits alongside movies like Bride of Chucky...

    Drew Barton Written by Drew Barton about 6 years ago 231 reads 0 comments

  22. Rudy! Rudy! Blazer Fans Hang Up Banner as Euro-Star Fernandez Arrives

    With the arrival of Brandon Roy as an All-Star, the anticipation of Greg Oden having All-Star impact, the continued development of LaMarcus Aldridge, Travis Outlaw, and Martell Webster, Portland fans have been pretty jacked up since the end of the season.

    Drew Barton Written by Drew Barton about 6 years ago 728 reads 3 comments

  23. Good Riddance, Mark Jackson, Jeff Van Gundy, and Company

    I really have no clue what is going on in this picture. It has nothing to do with the article. But having no clue is a pretty good description of perhaps the most horrific announcing team I have ever heard on a basketball crew...

    Drew Barton Written by Drew Barton about 6 years ago 1,171 reads 6 comments

  24. Things We Learned from the Playoffs

    Going into the playoffs people were talking about how the Western Conference playoffs were going to be the best ever. 1-8, no team was an underdog...

    Drew Barton Written by Drew Barton about over 6 years ago 417 reads 0 comments

  25. Snakebit: Will Injuries Derail the Portland Trailblazers' Future?

    Greg Oden. LaMarcus Aldridge. Martell Webster. Brandon Roy. The names are familiar to every Blazer fan as are Joel Przybilla and James Jones. The first four were the projected starters and the last two key reserves...

    Drew Barton Written by Drew Barton about over 6 years ago 329 reads 0 comments