Portland Thunder Owner Terry Emmert Sells the Oregon Zoo a Dead Water Buffalo

It was a $2,800 lunch for the zoo's African lions.


What do you give the zoo that has everything? A dead water buffalo. That’s the unusual offer Clackamas County heavy-hauling magnate Terry Emmert made the Oregon Zoo this month. Emmert owns the Portland Thunder arena football team and a herd of more than 400 water buffalo he raises outside Oregon City and sells as meat to restaurants.  Two weeks ago, Emmert sold the zoo a water buffalo, slaughtered ...   More
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 AARON MESH

Thunder Sticks! Terry Emmert's Water Buffalo Pepperoni Is Being Sold at Moda Center


The Portland Thunder, the city's new arena football franchise, is 0-2 after a last-minute loss Monday night to the Iowa Barnstormers. But team owner Terry Emmert is a winner. That's because Emmert, a Clackamas County heavy-hauling mogul, has realized his ambition of augmenting Moda Center concession stands with pepperoni sticks made from his personal herd of water buffalo.Emmert has been a longtime ...   More
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 by Aaron Mesh

Damian Lillard's Brother Didn't Make the Portland Thunder

Terry Emmert's arena football team kicks off tonight


Arena football returns to Portland tonight for the first time in 15 years when the Portland Thunder play their season opener in the Moda Center.Not debuting: Damian Lillard's older brother Houston Lillard. WW reported earlier this month that Houston Lillard tried out as a quarterback for the Thunder, raising the possibility of two Lillards playing in the Moda Center. But Houston Lillard, who played ...   More
Monday, March 17, 2014 AARON MESH

Touchdown Terry

Clackamas County tycoon Terry Emmert is bringing pro football players to Portland. Why?

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The kingdom of Terry Emmert is easy to miss from Oregon Route 212. A state highway that wears its sprawl as proudly as a new Carhartt jacket, 212 stretches east from Interstate 205 to Boring, sl   More
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 AARON MESH

Can Terry Emmert Pick a Better Arena Football Name than the Forest Dragons?

We do not think so.


Terry Emmert didn't get to buy the Portland Trail Blazers. He'll settle for an Arena Football League franchise to play in the Blazers' building.Emmert, a Clackamas-based building mover, owns the Portland Chinooks of the International Basketball League—a regional spring league. But as recently as 2006, he was talking with Clyde Drexler about angling for a much larger prize: buying the Trail Blazers ...   More
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 AARON MESH


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