Live Thread: Cavs @ Blazers (#RipCity)

Cleveland has had a few nicknames (some more derogatory than others) over the years, but the most common one, The Land, seemed popularized over the last four years of Cavalier dominance. It even appeared on the alternate (and forgettable) grey, black and yellow uniforms of last year’s squad.

Meanwhile, Portland, where the Cavs visit the Trailblazers tonight, has also been known by many names. The City of Roses, Stumptown, Beervana and Bridge City… just to name a few. The most popular (at least in basketball circles), however, is Rip City. Being a purveyor of nicknames, I’m always curious where they come from… and, I’ve always wondered about the genesis of this particular colloquialism.

Here’s the explanation… quoted straight from Wikipedia…

The term was coined by the team’s play-by-play announcer Bill Schonely during a game against the Los Angeles Lakers on February 18, 1971, the Blazers’ first season. In the days prior to the three point field goal, Blazers guard Jim Barnett took an ill-advised long distance shot that nonetheless went in, giving the new team hope for a victory against the powerful Lakers. Excited, Schonely exclaimed “Rip City! All right!” Schonely admits that he has no idea how he came up with the expression, but it became synonymous with the team and the city of Portland.

Pretty random. But, pretty neat that it happened against the Lakers. It all makes sense now about why it’s always so tough for Los Angeles to win on the road in Portland. Speaking of the Lakers, thanks to them… the Cavs are no longer carrying the weight of a 12-game losing streak into the Moda Center. They’ll get a chance to see if their starters can build on the solid effort of Sunday night. Unfortunately, they still won’t have native Portland son, Kevin Love, back in their ranks for this one.

The Blazers have been one of the better teams in the West thus far this season, with their bellwether backcourt of Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum. Josef Nurkic has also been solid, and the surprising Jake Layman has filled in nicely for injured forward Moe Harkless. They’re coming off back-to-back disappointing road losses to Dallas and Sacramento, so the Cavs are likely to have their hands full once again.

Prediction: A motivated Blazers squad shows the young Cavs the true meaning of Rip City… 131-114.

It’s another late one on this West Coast swing… so drink some coffee and catch the action on FSO starting at 10pm EST… or set your DVR and watch the highlights with your morning coffee.

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buck turgidson
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buck turgidson
1 month 1 day ago

didn’t watch.. never do.. just read the obits.. however, go Big ZZZ !! earning his check.. 16 & 8.. hit his free throws.. what’s not to like? what’s going on the cedi night? TT running out of gas or heart? clarkson consistently gunning..hood riding his sine wave.. cruisin to zion on auto-pilot.. chk u bros latr

MikeO
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MikeO
1 month 1 day ago

Bray forgetting he can’t hit a three this game…

Nate Smith
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1 month 2 days ago

Night guys.

CLF
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CLF
1 month 2 days ago

Hood gotta finish that.. Great drive and doesn’t pay it off

West coast cav
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West coast cav
1 month 2 days ago

Longabardi must have the Dan Gilbert pee pee tape. How the guy has a job is beyond explanation.

MikeO
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MikeO
1 month 2 days ago

This is a bad team, but he has proved in previous seasons that he is not an asset. But perhaps he has a peepee tape.

Nate Smith
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1 month 2 days ago

That’s probably about it

CLF
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CLF
1 month 2 days ago

Yup…. I’m taking off . Have a great night y’all!

Nate Smith
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1 month 2 days ago

Cavs hanging around

CLF
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CLF
1 month 2 days ago

Payne showing some heart!!!!! Floater good!!! 10pt game!

CLF
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CLF
1 month 2 days ago

Sexton great pass!!! Blossom game nice cut!!! 10 rebounds now too!

Nate Smith
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1 month 2 days ago

Been pleasantly surprised with Payne.

CLF
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CLF
1 month 2 days ago

Payne to Zizic and 1!!!

CLF
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CLF
1 month 2 days ago

Cameron Payne!!! Back to back 3s!

CLF
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CLF
1 month 2 days ago

Blossom game 8 rebounds… Another positive

CLF
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CLF
1 month 2 days ago

Check that 9

CLF
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CLF
1 month 2 days ago

A couple of positives… Hood offense, Sexton finishing off the glass, Zizic making the most of his opportunity.

CLF
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CLF
1 month 2 days ago

As e.g. Said, nice activity Zizic!

CLF
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CLF
1 month 2 days ago

Delly redemption 3!!!!!

Nate Smith
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1 month 2 days ago

Cavs at. Least competing

CLF
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CLF
1 month 2 days ago

Nice pass Clarkson! Zizic on the roll

CLF
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CLF
1 month 2 days ago

Nice fake and pass delly Clarkson for three

CLF
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CLF
1 month 2 days ago

Yikes…. Crappy play infecting delly.

Nate Smith
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1 month 2 days ago

Clarkson keeping it respectable

CLF
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CLF
1 month 2 days ago

Nice drive Clarkson

CLF
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CLF
1 month 2 days ago

Even delly smoked on defense

CLF
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CLF
1 month 2 days ago

Delly tray

CLF
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CLF
1 month 2 days ago

Good grief this is ugly… Completely lost on defense.

CLF
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CLF
1 month 2 days ago

Strong take Clarkson

CLF
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CLF
1 month 2 days ago

Nice strong drive Sexton… Draws foul

Nate Smith
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1 month 2 days ago

Sexton another nice finish.

CLF
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CLF
1 month 2 days ago

Sexton what a finish!!!

Nate Smith
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1 month 2 days ago

Argh. Defense failing. Myers Lenard a terrible matchuobfir this squad.

CLF
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CLF
1 month 2 days ago

Cedi…. Terrible shot back lillard down

CLF
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CLF
1 month 2 days ago

Hood great drive!!!!!! Feed him!!!

CLF
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CLF
1 month 2 days ago

Cedi getting abused

CLF
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CLF
1 month 2 days ago

Either layman is much improved or we’re just making him look good.

CLF
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CLF
1 month 2 days ago

Awful shot Sexton… Had to have been fouled.

Nate Smith
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1 month 2 days ago

Wow. Nice shot yongbull!

CLF
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CLF
1 month 2 days ago

Sexton drive and kiss!!!!!!

CLF
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CLF
1 month 2 days ago

Strong take hood!!! Draws foul

CLF
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CLF
1 month 2 days ago

Just what u ordered eg!!!

Nate Smith
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1 month 2 days ago

That Burks trade was a steal

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