Ep. 37: No Big Men

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Um…I hope someone just hit a three and got fouled, ’cause you’re tossin’ up 4 fingers there

[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?

Jared Jefferies got 'dis

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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Ep. 33: A Change Between Seasons

Damian Lillard, Kyrie Irving

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Well, our busy non-show lives have settled for the time being, so we’re finally back with a regular season show! We start by recapping the first week of Blazer basketball, including lows vs. the Warriors and highs vs. the Cavs. We discuss the story lines and teams we’re most excited to keep tabs on around the league, and what major differences we see on the Blazers from last year.

Then we pick a TV show that we think best encapsulates the Blazers between the seasons. If that doesn’t make sense, it doesn’t. But it was fun.

All that, plus predictions for the league awards, fringe playoff teams, and the return of Chilly Willy.

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Ep. 32: Offseason, FIBA, and the Summer of Dame

Dame stealin' and wheelin'

Dame stealin’ and wheelin’

After months in the NBA doldrums, the Rip Citizens are back in training camp (although Edwin’s pun game is in mid-season form already). We cover all the summer & offseason happenings, including Damian’s rise to stardom, the Draft, Summer League, new additions Chris Kaman & Steve “Bad Penny” Blake, and the highly, HIGHLY anticipated FIBA World Cup.

All that, plus Edwin attends a Spanish League game, Alex’s video game habits, international goal-tending rules,  and whether or not Nic Batum is a mercenary.

Ep. 31: Onward!

It's a basketball Tony. Look at it. (via bleacherreport)

It’s a basketball Tony. Look at it. (via bleacherreport)

Its been 14 years since we had the chance to podcast about the Blazers making it to the 2nd round. We really blew the opportunity back then. But we’ve learned from our mistakes and are back to recap the Rockets series and preview the Spurs (…albeit after Game 1. Recording schedules have been tough. Give us a break).

We relive the glory of the Dame Winner, break down our favorite moments from round 1, and then look ahead to entirely different beast known as the San Antonio Spurs. Like the great Gandalf, they’re old and wearing grey, yet reliable as hell. Also, very difficult to hate.

All that, plus Twitter lessons from Chilly Willy, Kevin McHale as a Halloween mask, and a recap of our horrible first round predictions.

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Ep. 30: The Playoff Preview Show

Behind Enemy Lines (photo via oregonlive.com)

Behind Enemy Lines (photo via oregonlive.com)

Well Citizens, we’re finally back after a three (four?) week hiatus. We decided to let the rest of the season play out and come back for the preview show, which brings us to today’s show. We start by looking back on the season and sharing our favorite moments and highlights of a fantastic and unexpected year.

Then we dive right into the playoff preview by breaking down matchups, crunching some numbers, and talking about the movie ‘Breaking Away’ starring a young Dennis Quaid.

All that, plus handing out Chilly Willy’s awards that he chose, Mo Williams’ sock game, and Meyers Leonard’s ability to be ejected quickly.

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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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