The Third Shift


  1. Above: the first tweet from the official account for the Portland Trail Blazers.

    Below: the response to Deadspin when it posted said tweet in the #firsttweet trend today.

    Well played, anonymous Blazers PR person. Well played.

  2. Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s - Arvydas Sabonis

    This song should be fucking huge in Portland. I saw Margot open for the Twilight Singers; they’re fun live. Frontman Rich Edwards talks more about the song at the Classical.

  3. ndeddiemac:

bendawson:

RIP Greg Oden

Drunk skank in pink has a higher career PER than Greg Oden

(cries in the corner cuz it’s true)
2nd fucking microfracture surgery on his left knee alone. Dude is in his 60s and we just don’t know it. Forget whether the President was born in the U.S. (he was), this is the real birther crisis. WHERE’S ODEN’S REAL BIRTH CERTIFICATE????

    ndeddiemac:

    bendawson:

    RIP Greg Oden

    Drunk skank in pink has a higher career PER than Greg Oden

    (cries in the corner cuz it’s true)

    2nd fucking microfracture surgery on his left knee alone. Dude is in his 60s and we just don’t know it. Forget whether the President was born in the U.S. (he was), this is the real birther crisis. WHERE’S ODEN’S REAL BIRTH CERTIFICATE????

  4. We’ll always have Game 4 against Dallas, B-Roy. Your heart was too big for your knees. Life and sport aren’t fair.

  5. oakleyandallen:

    O&A: Mavs @ Blazers, Game 4.

    Songs: Ghostface “Mighty Healthy” & ATCQ “Lyrics To Go (Instrumental)”

    Nice soundtracking.

  6. Brandon Roy doesn’t have knees any more because they got in the way of his heart. He took a ride in the Hot Tub Time Machine today and decided to mess with Texas, rocking 24 points off the bench and dominating the 4th quarter as the Blazers came back from 23 points down to beat the Mavericks and even up the series at 2 a piece.
I’m checking now to see if there’s a “fuckyeahbrandonroy” tumblr right now.

    Brandon Roy doesn’t have knees any more because they got in the way of his heart. He took a ride in the Hot Tub Time Machine today and decided to mess with Texas, rocking 24 points off the bench and dominating the 4th quarter as the Blazers came back from 23 points down to beat the Mavericks and even up the series at 2 a piece.

    I’m checking now to see if there’s a “fuckyeahbrandonroy” tumblr right now.

  7. Not a bad seat in the house at the Rose Garden. We were in the rafters for last night’s game, but the arena’s well designed to put everyone on top of the action. That close feel also creates a real sound tunnel — it gets LOUD in there real quick.

The Blazers destroyed the Lakers; L.A. is locked into the two seed and Kobe appeared to be the only one interested in playing well. Portland needed it more and played like it, putting on a show in transition. I’ve never seen that many alley-oops in an NBA game.

    Not a bad seat in the house at the Rose Garden. We were in the rafters for last night’s game, but the arena’s well designed to put everyone on top of the action. That close feel also creates a real sound tunnel — it gets LOUD in there real quick.

    The Blazers destroyed the Lakers; L.A. is locked into the two seed and Kobe appeared to be the only one interested in playing well. Portland needed it more and played like it, putting on a show in transition. I’ve never seen that many alley-oops in an NBA game.

  8. Greg Oden out for the season again.

    You might as well give Blazers fans a cyanide pill. First we learn Brandon Roy has a max contract with no cartilage left in his knees, and now Oden’s knees fail him again.

    I think there are two more games with the Oklahoma City Thunder this season to make that feel even worse.

  9. a whole fanbase, suddenly silenced.

    One thing I learned very quickly is how seriously this city values and treasures the Blazers. Thus, the coverage of Greg Oden’s cracked patella, which has him out for the rest of the season, felt like a wake. I don’t need to replay the team’s history with centers (Walton, Bowie, and now this.)

    It’s just sad because Oden appears, for all intents and purposes, to be the Gentle Giant, perfect for a city with somewhat of a small town feel like this one, and the ascendancy of Kevin Durant as a legitimate star leaves a pallor over the whole mess. (I can’t claim to have any insight on whether the choice was right or wrong. At the time, I personally thought you couldn’t go wrong either way. I think it may help that Durant is in Oklahoma now and not Seattle, lamentable as that may be.)

    But all the fans I’ve spoken to, at work and outside of it, are taking it hard, and I think it speaks to how much this version of the Blazers is embraced in its 40th anniversary season by the city and how much Oden had been embraced, injury-prone, or not, by the fans as well. I suspect this is a singular type of relationship, one only possible between a city and a franchise that is the sole major sport in town.