Ep. 43: The Wheels On the Bus Are Falling Off

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This week the Rip Citizens look at the Blazers’ losing streak and nightmarish east coast swing. They then turn to the playoff picture in the  west, Steve Nash’s retirement, the length of the NBA season, and some unlikely Blazer celebrity appearances.

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Ep. 42: Playoffs, Name Games, and Refrigerators

His fridge is freakishly clean.

His fridge is freakishly clean.

The latest installment of The Rip Citizens looks at the Blazers’ recent winning ways before turning to Western Conference playoff picture. We also cover the idea of resting players and whether Portland should sit some starters to prepare for the postseason.

All that plus some all-time favorite NBA names and the contents of Wes Matthews’ refrigerator.

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Ep. 41: Achy Breaky Achilles

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This week the Citizens look at the Blazers’ recent win streak and the rest of the season following the loss of Wesley Matthews.

All that plus NBA players as refs and movie stars, half-court shot winnings, and the inauguration of Edwin’s Groceries Fund.

Ep. 40: Afflalo You Into the Dark

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Back after a long All-Star break, we break down the crazy trade deadline and how the Blazers are preparing themselves for the playoffs (i.e. Arron Afflalo is a bonafide closer). We also discuss how a longer break changes the season, look ahead to a difficult schedule, and say goodbye to Will Barton, T-Rob, and Claver.

Then, we decide who we’d want to announce our All-Star event, add a former Blazer to the coaching staff, and hearken back to our 10 yr old greatness.

All that, plus gifts we’d give to the new Blazers, octopus cake, and a Conan O’Brian/Will Ferrell broadcast team.

Ep. 39: The All-Star Special

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Corbin Smith reports live on location

This episode marks two years since we started the show, and what a better way to celebrate ourselves than celebrate the All-Stars? We start with a quick recap of the Blazers mid-season finale games, then check in with Corbin Smith (who is on location in NYC) to report on the atmosphere in the city.

Then we review each event and its participants, make some predictions, and throw around a few All-Star memories.

All that, plus Chilly Willy returns to give us his All-Star picks and select the musicians he’d put in each event this weekend.

Ep. 38: RoLo and Rasheed – The Return

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Got love for Sheed this big.

This week we welcome back two different Blazers for two different reasons: Robin Lopez for playing basketball, and Rasheed Wallace for loving basketball. Robin gave us some rim protection, while Rasheed gave Portland some passion. Robin helped us beat the Suns by 20, Rasheed helped 20,000 heal the wounds of the Jail Blazer era. To say the least, it was good to have them both courtside again.

Also, we talk about Dame’s All-Star snub, toss around ideas for All-Star weekend, and debate what animated TV and movie characters we’d want to play in the All-Star game.

All that, plus Futurama quotes, Portland symbols on jerseys, and the harsh transition from a studio from Alex’s basement.

Ep. 37: No Big Men

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[NOTE: We recorded this before LaMarcus decided to not be injured, so please excuse all the injury talk] This week we break down how the Blazers can move forward sans LaMarcus & Batum, break down the All-Star Starters, and pontificate on where Dame’s stardom can go from here.

Also, we wonder what’s more surprising – the recent success of Meyer’s Leonard or the struggles of Nic Batum.

All that, plus pitching products for the Blazers to sell, our earliest memories of watching the Blazers, and a few sips of tea.

Ep. 36: The Sweet Spot

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We’re back at it after a long holiday break, only to find the Blazers right where we want them. The Blazers have only lost to 2 teams since our last episode, and we spend a good amount of time discussing one of those teams – the Atlanta Hawks. Also, we reflect on Neil Olshey’s tenure as GM after his new promotion and ponder about the potential return of Jermaine O’Neal.

Then, we analyze the brilliant new S.P.U.R.S. cartoon and what sort of comic the Blazers should appear in, and then jump around in time for some new Chilly’s Picks.

All that, plus Mike Rice’s shaving strike, the beauty of the Spurs triple OT game, and a few name ideas for an Atlanta Hawks podcast.

Ep. 35: Basketball for Beginners

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The Blazers have won 9 of 11 since our last show. It seems the less we talk the more they win, so we’ll keep this brief. We recap our recent hot streak and the moments that stood out, break down the play of Nic Batum and whether his knee is an issue, and discuss if NBA rivalries are still relevant.

We also introduce a new segment called “Barely a Fan” in which our friend Sean (who has a minimal grasp on the NBA) breaks down the Blazers/Pistons game.

All that, plus who we’d want to be in a commercial with, favorite player matchups, Victor Claver’s future, and the current success of small market teams.

Ep. 34: Where Are They Now?

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Jared Jefferies got ‘dis

We welcome Corbin Smith of Portland Roundball Society to the show this week to discuss life, history, and the last week of Blazers ball. We look at why the Blazers have improved at come-from-behind victories, what Kaman & Blake are bringing to the table, and how the Western Conference is shaping up.

Then we discuss NBA superheros, check in on where former Blazers are today, and talk about an old episode of Modern Fishing.

All that, plus lots of info on Nolan Smith, some love/hate for Joakim Noah, and Corbin tasting a salt crystal.

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