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From the Elbow: Burning Down the Straw Man

It's time for doom-saying Blazer fans to admit the Blazers are legit.

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A few weeks back, Blazer radio analyst Antonio Harvey made an interesting statement in his post-game wrap-up. Tone, the best kind of homer since he openly roots for the team he covers and the team he covers used to employ him as a player, declared the argument was finally over.What argument, you ask? The argument that LaMarcus Aldridge didn’t deserve to be in the...   More
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 by MIKE ACKER

From the Elbow: Something (New) To Talk About

Just as the NBA's midseason malaise settling in, Blazers rookie CJ McCollum has finally made his debut. Let the speculation begin!

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At some point in the very near future, the Blazers will record their 33rd win of the 2013-14 season. If they can reach that win number on the night of January 21, when they face off against the Thunder in Oklahoma City— which is a little unlikely considering the Blazers will have to win every single one of their very difficult impending road games to do that—this team will have ma...   More
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 by MIKE ACKER

From the Elbow: Taking Advantage (Sort Of)

The Blazers can't let slipping up against a bad team turn into a trend.

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On the final day of 2013, the Blazers pulled off one of professional sports’ most beloved clichés by snatching victory from the jaws of defeat in Oklahoma City. An improbable victory over one of the most excellent teams in the NBA, albeit without one of their most excellent players in fashion-forward point guard Russell Westbrook, stopped the Blazers’ first losing streak of thi...   More
Tuesday, January 7, 2014 by MIKE ACKER

From the Elbow: Off the Christmas List

The Blazers were once a Christmas Day team, and are fighting to prove they belong there once again

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The NBA gets three chances every season to sell its product to everyday, run-of-the-mill sports fans, the fans who are unlike those who live in an NBA city and start following professional basketball from the minute the NBA Draft starts to the second the NBA Finals end. The first time is Opening Night, which has now been expanded to Opening Week, which features a measured roll out ...   More
Tuesday, December 31, 2013 by MIKE ACKER

Q&A: Matt Braunger

The comedian and former Portlander talks about the state of comedy in his hometown, the Bridgetown Comedy Festival and the future of the local scene.


Matt Braunger was a comedian in Portland before being a comedian in Portland was cool. In a way, he’s one of the reasons comedy exists in Portland at all. In 2008, he co-founded the Bridgetown Comedy Festival with fellow Portlanders Andy Wood and Kim Brady, a four-day event that's since grown to...   More
Monday, December 23, 2013 by MIKE ACKER

On The Rebound

The Blazers broke our hearts. Are we ready to get back with the NBA’s hottest team?

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Maybe it was when Kobe’s alley-oop to Shaq sealed Game 7 of the 2000 Western Conference Finals. Maybe it was when Greg Oden’s knee exploded for the third time or when Brandon Roy finally gro   More
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 MIKE ACKER

From the Elbow: What's In a Chant?

Portland has grown to love LaMarcus Aldridge. Will he love us back?

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Basketball games can be broken down into a collection of related but seemingly unique moments. Basketball seasons can be broken down into a collection of related but seemingly unique games. And professional basketball careers can be broken down into a collection of related but seemingly unique seasons. One moment doesn’t define a game, just as one game doesn’t define a s...   More
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 by MIKE ACKER

From the Elbow: A November to Remember

The Blazers just finished a nearly all-time best month. But what does it mean?

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All things being equal, November 2013 wasn’t the best month for sports in the state of Oregon. On Nov. 7, down in Palo Alto, Calif., the University of Oregon Ducks football team, as viable a candidate for the BCS Championship Game as there was in college football this season, was steamrolled by the muscular running game of the Stanford Cardinal, ending their bid for the natty.&nb...   More
Monday, December 2, 2013 by MIKE ACKER

From the Elbow: Unexpected Early Returns

The Blazers have the second best record in the NBA, have won 10 straight, and for once are winning on the road.

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This new Blazer season was supposed to be all about change. And so far, it has been. There’s a whole new group coming off the bench. There’s a selection of new food items available on the concourses of the newly named arena. But change has been most evident in 2013-14 in the "W" colum...   More
Monday, November 25, 2013 by MIKE ACKER

From the Elbow: Revenge of the Traded

Blazer Thomas Robinson continues an NBA tradition: playing his best games have against the team that drafted and then ditched him.

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A season ago Jerryd Bayless made his first trip to Portland as a member of an NBA team other than the Trail Blazers. Bayless, for those of you who might have forgotten, was taken 11th overall by the Indiana Pacers in the 2008 draft and immediately shipped to the Blazers. He was the kind of dynamic scoring point guard in training who, when teamed with All-Pro Brandon Roy,    More
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 by MIKE ACKER
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