Ep. 29: St. Patrick’s Progressive Pairings

The Robin Lopez of beards. (via travelportland.com)

The Robin Lopez of beards. (via travelportland.com)

Someone cue the mournful Irish music, because this week the Citizens lament the Blazers recent woes while recording on St. Patrick’s Day. After dissecting the recent skid, we stay hopeful by looking at things from a bird’s eye view and remind ourselves that the Zers have already exceeded expectations this year.

Then we look ahead to an easier week of basketball (Miami excluded), discuss Robin Lopez as a potential Most Improved Player winner, and make some St. Paddy’s pairings of Blazers and beer.

All that, plus travel destinations for the Blazers, desirable auction items, Mike Rice’s pool hatred, and some live penny whistle from Chilly Willy.

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Ep. 28: The Pinwheel Panini Press

bg-home-bostonThis week the Citizens give low points and high points from the past week in Blazers basketball, from the sleeper against the Hawks to the bitter pain of the Lakers loss (and fans. Seriously Laker fans, get out of the Moda Center). Then we look ahead to a tough upcoming road trip through the South that features stops in Dallas, Houston, Memphis, and San Antonio.

Discussions this week include who we do/don’t want to see in the playoffs, which Blazers past or present we’d want to coach our rec team, other collectible Blazer kitchen wares we’d like to see, and doppelgangers.

All that, plus Robin “Sideshow Thunder” Lopez, Wes Matthews and his Versace pants, and Will Barton learns the guitar!

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Ep. 27: The Oscar Robertsons

Will Barton, join us in the spotlight...

Will Barton, join us in the spotlight…

After taking the All-Star week off, the Citizens are back to break down the past week of Blazers basketball. We discuss the increased dependence and delivery of the Blazers bench, a string of much-needed wins, and a slew of highlights to put on the season reel.

Then we move on to the inactive trade deadline for the Blazers, debate the mascot culture in the NBA and how Blaze measures up, and – with the Academy Awards this weekend – hand out our “Oscar Roberstons” to the Blazers.

All that, plus Steve Blake’s wilderness heroics, Terry Stotts ripping up stuffed dogs, some love for Teddy Pendergrass, and a generous helping of puns.

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Ep. 26 – The All-Star Special!

More like Yawn-Star, amiright? [pic via oregonsportsnews.com]

More like Yawn-Star, amiright? [pic via oregonsportsnews.com]

This week is all about the NBA All-Star break as we slide into the ceremonial halfway point of the season. Coming off a heartbreaking week of losses to Indy, OKC, and the Clippers, we share our high and low moments from the first half.

Then turn our attention to the festivities of All-Star weekend and the high Blazer involvement. We start with drafting our dream starting 5 for the celebrity game, then make our picks for the event winners and ASG MVP.

All that, plus Blazer snowball fights, Meyers Leonard’s dating service, Russian geography trivia, and the return of ESPN.com comment thread analysis!

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Ep. 25: Paul Allen’s Yacht Party (ft. Joe Swide of PRS)

Paul Allen drives the Lonely Island boat.

Paul Allen drives the Lonely Island boat.

[NOTE - This episode was taped before All-Star participants were announced. Don't judge.] This week the Citizens break down how we lost games we shouldn’t have and won games that were too close. Topics include 3rd quarter slumps, Dorrell Wright’s return to the rotation, and upcoming back-to-backs against very difficult teams.

Then we’re joined by Joe Swide of Portland Roundball Society to talk about what the Seahawks Superbowl win means – if anything – for Paul Allen and the Blazer’s franchise. We then go on to make our picks for the All-Star event participants and dish on what weird thing Nic Batum will do next.

All that, plus Paul Allen’s yacht parties, Meyer’s Leonard’s healthy diet, Mark Trail, and we eat a bag of cookies to celebrate Edwin’s prediction prowess.

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Ep. 24: David Stern’s All-Star Books

Sterling Silver (pic: businessweek.com)

Sterling Silver (pic via businessweek.com)

This week the Citizens break down a 2-2 week, focusing on the comeback against Denver on national TV, how bad the T-Wolves look in sleeved jerseys, and shooting slumps against Golden State and Memphis.

Then, we dish out our thoughts on Thursday’s All-Star selections, hand out some reading materials to different Blazers, and get nostalgic about David Stern’s tenure atop the NBA.

All that, plus Paul Allen’s smart investments, Allen Crabbe’s scorn for Oregon drivers, Young Thug & Bloody Jay’s “Black Portland”,  and the exciting conclusion to January’s Jeopardy contest!

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Check Out Kevin Love’s 6th Grade Yearbook Page

I bet he'll become a lawyer or something...

I bet he’ll grow up to become a lawyer or something.

The Blazers host Kevin Love and the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday night, so what better time to have a look at the Lake Oswego native’s old yearbook? Few things to point out here:

  • Could be wrong, but this guy really likes basketball. A lot.
  • That is the most vague memory to have as your favorite. You and your friends went to classes dressed up in all kinds of clothes? I can only imagine.
  • I’ll let the Scary Movie thing slide because he was a 6th grader.
  • If you know anything about growing up as a white kid in a wealthy suburb, then the Hot Boys being his favorite music is that much better (especially since it says ‘Boys’ and not ‘Boy$’).

Ep. 23: Remembering Memorabilia

The Original Lunch Meat (get it?)

The Original Lunch Meat (get it?)

This week the Citizens break down the 2-1 Texas Three-Step & a heartbreaker in OKC before looking ahead to a week against 2nd tier Western Conference teams. Topics include the 3rd unit meltdown in Dallas (and Stott’s questionable coaching), getting superstarred by Durant, and the thorn in our side known as Patrick Beverly.

Discussions this week include the upcoming trade deadline and what acquisitions the Blazers can/might make, what Nic Batum’s All-Star chances actually are, and – with the return of the collectible caricature glasses & old Starter jackets – what other NBA memorabilia we’d like to see resurrected.

All that, plus a neck-and-neck prediction race, what ‘chopped and screwed’ music is, Mike Rice’s city-hating campaign, and Chilly Willy’s all-cartoon starting five to take on the Toon Squad.

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Ep. 22: Rodeo Clowns

LecilHarrisClown

No bull.

This week the Citizens recap a lazy two-step week vs. Boston & Cleveland before previewing what promises to be an exhausting rodeo through San Antonio, Dallas, Houston, and OKC. Topics include Batum’s pretty passing, slow starts against bad teams, Houston’s matchup problems, and nail-biters in Dallas.

Then for discussions this week we cover Mo Williams’ contract declarations and subsequent Twitter response, Terry Stotts as a possible coach of the All-Star game, and a voicemail about how we would handle a Like Mike-esque situation and suddenly put on the Blazers roster.

All that, plus Katie Lang votes, Wear in the World crowd sourcing, mayoral ice cream bets, and BuzzcutFeed.com

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Ep. 21: Living & Dying

Living & Dying...in Fargo

“Boy, how about this Polar vortex?”

This week the Citizens look back at our first .500 week this season with wins against Charlotte & Orlando (yeah duh) and losses to Philly & Sacramento (wait, what?). From the breathtaking pinnacle of our 3pt. shooting style to the guttural frustration of said style collapsing, this week has given us the full portrait of a team trying to seduce the league.

Then, we dive into a discussion about Jordan Conn’s recent piece on Grantland about our fan base managing expectations (given the team history to leave hearts broken in the dirt) as we approach the mid-season mark.

All that, plus our favorite nicknames from the past & present, Mo Williams’ tweet from the hospital, Mike Rice’s continuing saga of Twitter tenacity, and triple double etiquette (again).

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