Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Best Moments

I'm on vacation IRL this week and I can't do much extensive blogging without getting "The Glare" from the old ball and chai...uh...I mean my dearly beloved. There will still be posts every day, but my interactivity level (comments and e-mails) will be lower until next Monday. I'll depend on you guys to fill in the gap a little with your comments and stuff.

So let's get this started with one of the two mothers of all Blazer questions:

What is your favorite Blazer moment ever? It can be a game, a game result, an acquisition, a specific play, or even just some random childhood memory regarding the team.

I'll give you my top three to get the wheels turning.

1. The Championship. Nothing will ever, ever beat that in my mind. Such a dizzy, wonderful feeling it was. What smiles that put on the face of a little kid.

2. Winning game two of the 1990 NBA Finals. Remember what a thriller that was, with Laimbeer hitting all those shots and us coming back and all? This was in the fairly early days of the 2-3-2 Finals format too, and it seemed like all we had to do was take care of business at home and that title was ours. Who knew that we'd not win another game? Actually at that point I wouldn't have wanted to know, because I just loved that moment of anticipation.

3. Jerome Kersey dunks during the Perfect First Quarter in 1991. Yes, I was there. Yes, it was more than awesome. The Coliseum was SO LOUD that night too. I don't know that we'll ever see another twelve minutes of Blazer basketball like that in one stretch again. And Kersey's dunk just put the exclamation point on the whole thing. The crowd was out of its mind and San Antonio just didn't know what to do.

I have more to say on each of these moments but it'll have to wait until another "story day" post. Register your votes for Best Blazer Moment Ever!

--Dave (blazersub@yahoo.com)


Blogger Scott R said...

Let me kick start the comment with the first thing that jumped to my mind. The 3 turnover game against Phoenix. What a freakin game that was to watch. Awesome ball movement with near perfect passing. i want to say it was also a playoff game but that is where i get hazy. This is the reason that those teams in the early 90's were so fun to watch. They worked hard and it was a very well oiled machine when they took the floor. You just knew they could beat whoever dared come out of the other locker room. Damn i can't wait for those days again!!

10:58 PM  
Anonymous fatty said...

winning the western conference
title in 1990 because it was the
1.st accomplishment this team
has done since 77 so that was
very special to me....
also the 1.st 2 rounds of the
99 playoffs when we made
d.ainge say the following
qoute "portland did'nt just
beat us they destroyed us"
also the b.grant vs k.malone
war put us right back on the
map...and scott r "als" means
lou gerhieg disease dude
that's fatbo later dave....

8:26 AM  
Anonymous fatty said...

scott the game you're referring
to was game 2 of the semi finals
in 92 the dream team year.....

8:27 AM  
Blogger BLAZER PROPHET said...

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8:39 AM  
Blogger Ken said...

The most "into a game" I ever got was when Robert Pack was a rookie. The Blazers were down somewhere around 20 against Minny going into the fourth and Robert Pack led the charge that brought them back for the win.

I was at work and listening to the game on the radio. Everybody where I worked was shouting along.

Great game.

9:27 AM  
Blogger BLAZER PROPHET said...

My favorite was the great win against da Bulls in the final seconds (was it in 1976?). There's also the great 4th quarter comeback again t the Spurs a few years later.

9:28 AM  
Anonymous TP43 said...

Mine is really obscure but for some reason it just sticks in my head.

During a double or triple overtime game against Boston, Clyde and Bird were going back and forth like crazy and Bird ended up with 52 and Clyde had 50 and we lost by 2. Great game, but the specific moment was Clyde posting up with Buck up top looking to make the entry pass. Clyde had his guy pinned and was absolutely hollering for the ball and for some reason Buck didn't get it to him. Clyde got so pissed he actually ran out to the three point line, ripped the ball out of Buck's hands, threw up a three without even looking at the basket, and proceeded to rip Buck all of the way up the court about getting it to him while the ball is falling through the net. Absolutely classic and it just epitomized how bad Clyde wanted that game and you could see Buck completely agreeing and apologizing profusely. Classic Clyde.

I just got goosebumps (again) thinking about it.

10:21 AM  
Blogger BLAZER PROPHET said...

Wow, tp43, I don't recall that game, but I'd sure like to see a clip of it.

10:24 AM  
Blogger Scott R said...

ditto, i too would like to see the replay of that game TP. see if you can dig up an archive somewhere for all of us! (i'm too lazy to look for myself)

10:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes blazer profit, that 76' Chicago game is my most remembered also. WOW what a come back and before the 3 point shot...We did that to the bulls another time that same season.

11:14 AM  
Anonymous TP43 said...

Oops! My bad folks. I got some of the numbers wrong on my Clyde vs Bird story. It was at least double overtime (Bird played 54 minutes) and Boston won 152 - 148. That must be where I got the Bird had 52 and Clyde had like 50. Just goes to show how you can romanticize something you really enjoyed.

Bird had 49 and Clyde had 41. I swear the rest is true though! It was on March 15, 1993 in Boston. I found the boxscore but I'm not sure how to put a link in this message.

11:45 AM  
Anonymous TP43 said...

Dang it, make that March 15, 1992.

11:48 AM  
Anonymous TP43 said...

Wow, I'm easily distracted!

The best I could do fellas is the entire game is captured on a Larry Bird DVD called "Larry Bird - A Basketball Legend" that lists the game as a feature.

This is how one publication described the game:

"In his last great performance, Bird hits a leaning three-pointer to send the game into overtime and finishes with 49 points, 14 rebounds and 12 assists in 54 minutes as Celtics beat Trail Blazers 152-148 in double OT on national television."

Guess it was memorable if you're a Bird lover as well. Now back to your regularly scheduled programming.

12:34 PM  
Blogger BLAZER PROPHET said...

tp43- I understand. Nothing a handful of Valium can't cure.

12:49 PM  
Anonymous Dr. Dave said...

Help me out here, guys. It could have been one of those comebacks against Chicago mentioned above. It's still hazy but I remember listenening on the radio. We were down like 8 points with 13 seconds left. We ended up winning it in regulation on an inbounds ally-oop to Billy Ray Bates. The Shonz went berzerk as did I. Can anyone remember the particulars? That's one of my favorite moments.

A recent live memory: down 0 - 3 to the Mavs in the '02 playoffs I believe, we demolished Dallas at home by 30 (?). We went on to win 2 more to tie the series and almost pulled out game 7. It was almost shades of...well...I won't mention it.

2:50 PM  
Blogger BLAZER PROPHET said...

Dr Dave- is that the game Kermit inbounded the ball to Bates who tipped it in at the buzzer to win?

2:58 PM  
Anonymous Dr.Dave said...

Yes! It WAS Kermit. Do you remember any more?

3:10 PM  
Blogger BLAZER PROPHET said...

All I remember (watched it on TV) was that we were down by 1 with less than 1 second remaining. Kermit in-bounded from half court and Billy Ray caught it well above the rim and dropped it in for the win. The place went crazy.

3:41 PM  
Blogger ignacio said...

vs the 76ers in 77 when there was that confrontation.....darryl dawkins & maurice lucas. and before that how johnny davis and lionel hollins so outquicked the lakers guards and walton dunked over kareem.

i was working at the va hospital and trying to watch the games while floating around (i was a clerk at the time) -- one patient had drank aqua velva for the alcohol and another (who i'd known in high school) had severed his "evil" left hand (which he had used to masturbate) with a hatchet (sorry folks but the memories are intertwined).

the no-name blazers (bob gross? johnny davis? dave twardzik?) were enormous underdogs vs philadelphia, who had dr j julius erving and george mcginnis, doug collins and henry bibby (both of who however were slow afoot), caldwell jones, darryl dawkins, lloyd free? i'm not sure who else.

4:06 PM  
Anonymous jorga said...

It was probably April 13, 1991 (had to look up old schedules.) The game was on NBC and I watched sitting on a motel room bed in Ashland... We were playing the Lakers and not doing well. Adelman was really ticked at half time and kicked over a locker room bench. That was what it took and we outplayed L.A. the rest of the way and won the game. I remember it because of Adelman's atypical outburst and the fact we beat the Lakers on nat'l tv.

4:07 PM  
Blogger Dave said...

Great memories folks. A little help:

The Boston game was great. I used to have it on tape but I think I lost all my old tapes from that era when I moved. The most memorable thing for me was that Bird was credited with a 3-pointer that he clearly stepped over the line on. Could have cost us the game. Oh well, it was one of his last "Larry Legend" moments.

There were a couple of Chicago comebacks. The one that was televised and widely remembered was the Kermit-Billy Ray alley-oop. But there was one previous to that which was not televised at the time. I seem to remember seeing the last moments somewhere so it must be in the archives. I clearly remember listening to it on the radio so it must have been after the championship (but not long after...probably '78?) We were down by 8 in the closing seconds and this was BEFORE the 3-pointer. I don't remember all the details of the comeback but I do remember Schonz's call, because the last inbound pass for Chicago was a bounce pass and the commentator (likely Petrie?) said you should NEVER throw an inbound bounce pass because it's slow. The Blazers (Hollins maybe? Davis?) ripped it off and went in for the win. Nobody could believe it. When I get back from vacation maybe I'll try to look up more.


5:13 PM  
Blogger Scott R said...

thanks for that jog of memory on the Boston game Dave...I remember that clearly now and how LIVID i was that we had been robbed like that! That game was ours to be had, but that BS call of Bird for 3 when his foot was clearly OVER the line put it into OT where we eventually lost. I remember watching that game at my friends house when were were teenagers and his parents had just bought a "big screen" tv! we went out after the game and played some pretty intense games of 21 with a couple of neighbors trying to blow off the steam... Awwwww, the memories...

5:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My witness of a live winning shot was just somewhere between 1994 and 1996. The Blazers was down a bucket against the lakers at the great western coliseum and James "Hollywood" Robinson nailed a corner three pointer for the win to stun and silence the crowd.

11:56 PM  
Anonymous TP43 said...

Another good one was during the 1990 playoffs when we beat San Antonio in game 7 because Rod Strickland threw that mind boggling over the head - blind pass right into our hands and we ended up stealing the series literally and figuratively. At the time SA had one of the best records in the league. We had no business taking that one. Without that miracle, we wouldn't have made it to the finals for the first time since the championship.

12:07 PM  
Blogger slOppyJoE72 said...

I can think of a few 'Best Moments', but one of the most memorable was the triple Overtime game against Phoenix back in the early 90s. My folks and I were glued to the radio for that game.

4:51 PM  

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