Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Worst Moments

Still updating from vacation and depending on you guys to do most of the heavy lifting as far as comments and such. Today's the second half of the mother of all Blazer questions: What is your worst Blazer moment? Again it can be a game, a season, an event, or some personal reflection/experience having to do with the team or its effect on your life somehow. Again I'll grease the wheels with my Top 3:

1. The ball slips through Cliffy's hands in the closing minutes of the 4th quarter of Game 6 of the '91 Western Conference Finals. Big comeback, forced turnover, two-on-one break, Jerome has the ball and a lane but opts to pass to Cliff. The pass was a little late, Cliffy didn't expect it or follow through...it's nobody's fault...it's everybody's fault. We ended up losing the game by one. With it came the end of the series and of the best season the Blazers have ever had. And we lost to the Lakers no less (who went on to play pathetically against the Bulls in the NBA Finals). I'm not sure any single moment has elicited such a simultaneous groan from Blazer Nation as this one. It kind of encapsulates every dream that should have come true but didn't.

2. The news breaks that Clyde is traded. I know he wanted it and I know it was time, but that didn't stop the empty feeling. And somehow it just wasn't possible to get that excited about getting Otis Thorpe in return. It was the end of a very good era.

3. The Blazers lose in the first round against Seattle in '78. This will be beyond the memories of some of you young-ins. Indeed, I was just a kid myself. We had won the championship the year before. We were 40-8 to begin this season. Walton went down late in the season, made a brief comeback, but couldn't bring it for the playoffs. Surely we'd win anyway, right? Wrong. Since I had only started watching the year before and since I was innocent to the cruel ways of the world, this was my first introduction to everything not going exactly as planned. I still remember the feeling. "Did that really happen?" If I had known that almost 30 years later we'd still be looking for that second ring I might have cried.

What are yours? Listening ears and sympathetic shoulders abound...

--Dave (blazersub@yahoo.com)

26 Comments:

Blogger Ken said...

Sorry Dave, but the worst moment had to be, hands down, the tippy toe three pointer by SA's Sean Elliott.

He couldn't possibly have gotten the ball, and if he did get the ball, he couldn't possibly stay in bounds and if he did stay inbounds he couldn't possibly get a shot off and if he did manage to get the shot off he couldn't possibly...

Well, he did. Rats.

6:47 AM  
Blogger Ken said...

Oh... I even have a second place.

This one is more personal because it's the only game I ever attended live. (Tickets were much harder to come by when I lived in PDX)

Portland V. Utah. Portland has the game pretty well in hand and John Stockton dished something like 14 (!) assists in the fourth quarter to bring Utah back for the win.

6:51 AM  
Blogger BLAZER PROPHET said...

I have to agree with Ken. Elliots's shot will probably be remembered as the single worst moment.

To me, second was the playoff game against LA when we endured an improbable 4th quarter meltdown.

7:23 AM  
Blogger josh said...

The day I graduated from high school was game seven of the Western Conference Finals in 2000. We had one of those post-graduation parties where people come congratulate the graduates and mill around, so we didn't have the game on TV. But we did have it on the radio, until the third quarter wound down. At that point we celebrated graduation and a return to the finals. When we turned it on again to check how things were going, I was shocked to hear that the Blazers had hardly hit a shot, and that the Lakers were taking the game. I listened until the end. That was my worst Blazer moment.

8:48 AM  
Anonymous fatty said...

1)game 6 (wcf) in 91-2)the entire
99 (wcf) forget s.elliott's shot
b.whittsit to this day said that
was the most humiliating defeat
because remember that was only
game 2 of that series,wallace
embarrassed himself by walking off
the court straight to the lockerroom,3)and the most importantly this should be #1
the way this franchise has
become the laughingstocks of
pro sports,and more disappointing
the attitude of the franchise
letting good guys go,b.grant
s.smith,s.blake,and keeping
morons like (als) and miles
around,drafting the kgb scrubs
like monia*kryhapa children
like webster,telfair,woods,outlaw
and human waste like ha and als..
also turning they're backs on
the blue collar fans inwhich
you could've thrown an olive
branch and taken morrison*roy
this to me is the #1 problem
period...also wallace throwing
a towel in sabonis's face on
national tv vs the lakers
wells cursing out fans and cheeks
d.davis who really showed his
a*** in an sports illustrated
article,and of course the
grand daddy of them all game 7
at staples center this franchise
has never recovered...
so dave and blazer fans the #1
problem is how this team has
lost there fanbase and is not
trying to win them back either..

9:42 AM  
Blogger BLAZER PROPHET said...

fatty, I disagree about the team not trying to win back the fan base.

I think they are trying, but it's slow going due to the past (people don't forgive & forget when we're losing games). I also feel they have made some positive steps and, in due time, they will have enough fans back.

9:50 AM  
Blogger Oneill said...

Blazer Prophet is right about the 4th quarter Meltdown against the lakers. I think it was a game 7 to boot. Anyways we were up big going into the 4th and missed some ungodly number of shots in a row. like 18 or 22 or something in that ball park. My most frustrating Blazers experience in my life.

10:07 AM  
Anonymous TP43 said...

Cliffy's fumble, tippy-toe three, up 15 to start the 4th quarter of game 6 of the '92 finals with an opportunity to go home for game 7 only to have Pippen and scrubs bury us.

Now excuse me while I go curl up in the fetal position for a while...

10:24 AM  
Blogger BLAZER PROPHET said...

tp43- I felt part of that rested with Adelman leaving the starters in too long. They all seemed to run out of steam. What did you think?

12:44 PM  
Blogger BlazerBandit said...

In an article in the O regarding the Game 7 4th quarter collapse, Damon said "We couldn't have lost that game if we had tried"

o man that was bad


dont want to bring up old wouinds here but in the future we might regret not having picked C. Paul
-time will tell

2:43 PM  
Anonymous fatty said...

blazerbandit amen,i said the same thing martell a lot to learn
cp3 a man's man period....
the starting p.g. for team usa
not a preschooler learning how
to take the ball down the lane..
cp3 is the man webster is still
a little boy in nba terms...

2:46 PM  
Blogger BLAZER PROPHET said...

blazerbandit- while hindsight is always 20/20, I felt (and still do) that Martell is going to be a very good player and real asset to this team. I'll never be sorry we didn't pick Paul.

3:06 PM  
Blogger slOppyJoE72 said...

My worst Blazer moment? The 4th Quarter collapse in the 2000 Western Conf. Finals. The fact it was against the Lakers makes it even more heartwrenching.
Letting Clyde go was tough, but we wanted to..and I actually thought it was a classy move trading him to Houston.

4:49 PM  
Anonymous TP43 said...

Great memory BP. I'd completely forgotten about that but I remember (now) thinking that Jordan's down, why isn't he resting Clyde?

5:12 PM  
Blogger Scott R said...

man, you should have led with this question Dave. you got me thinking of great times, now i'm just sitting in a pool of self loathing just thinking of this.

My answer is easily the Sean Elliott "How in the hell did he even manage to get that shot off AND hit it?" shot from the coffin corner. That was our year more than any other. That is the year i really started getting back into blazers basketball since i had moved away from Portland to join the navy. I simply lost touch since my life was so hectic with training for a couple of years.

A close second is the WCF in 2000. I remember it had been planned that i was going to meet my girlfriend's(now my wife) Mom for the first time, so we were going to their house for Dinner. They were nice enough to have the game on the TV for me since they aren't basketball fans that was a big gesture for me. i watched the entire game on the edge of my seat, giddy as a school girl, and gave up on it with about 8 minutes to go. My thought was "We've got this in the bag. i'll go eat now and get to konw these new people." Sooo....imagine my surprise when i got home and was watching ESPN before bed, and the lead was.....


Sob...Excuse me while i wipe my tears.

5:13 PM  
Blogger isabel322 said...

Abso-fg-lutely had to be game 7 meltdown against the Fakers. I personally think that was the beginning of all the horrors of the last 6 years.

8:49 PM  
Blogger BLAZER PROPHET said...

isabel322- it warms my heart to hear the Lakers called the Fakers. Why? because they ARE!!

7:14 AM  
Blogger KJM said...

Game 7, hands down, no questions, no doubts. It's the day the Blazer universe collapsed.

12:23 PM  
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12:23 PM  
Blogger lyle said...

i really don't see how anybody can say anything other than game 7 in 2000.

if we didn't have drexler already when we could have drafted someone who shall go nameless in favor of bowie, than that. but it turns out we did have drexler. any other team that had a sg and no center would have done the exact same thing at that moment.


the worst part of the game 7 collapse was just seeing the complete absence of any type of man-hood while they were going down in flames. i remember the refereeing being bad and borderline conspiracy theory-inducing in that game, but that should be all the more reason for you to pull up your bootstraps and at least fight back, not to roll over and die... which is exactly what they did.

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