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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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$’).