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THE NBA EXPERIENCE WITH PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS

    Top shelf athletics, like the NBA and Portland Trail Blazers, are a study in marketing. More than wins and losses, the NBA Experience draws the crowd. Except the crowd doesn’t know this at first. True fans show up and buy tickets to watch a game played better than anywhere in the world they’ve […]

EVERY SCRUB ATHLETE HAS THIS STORY

    If you’ve got one, then you’re a scrub athlete. And that’s not a bad thing.   Talking to college stars and professional athletes, one thing stands out: They’ve played a lot of games. Far too many for one moment to stand above the rest. Ask if they remember one game, one opponent, that […]

MILLENNIAL MARATHONERS NEED EXTRA LSD

  Long, Slow, Distance running helps Millennial Marathoners.   Who runs a marathon? That’s really the first question. 26.2 miles all at once is a big step for anyone to take. You read stories all the time about marathon runners cranking out one a week for a year, or training to run all the big […]

HOW MANY WINNING SUPER BOWLS TO FINISH FOOTBALL

    Winning Super Bowls make history every year, like this year’s comeback. And it’s still not enough.   Hardly anyone argues that Tom Brady isn’t the best ever. Better than Joe and Terry with their handful of rings and MVP gear. You’ve got to give it to him. Others say he’s the best of […]

SUPER BOWL RECORD BREAKS ON MY DVR. OFFICIAL REVIEW

  One Super Bowl record goes to the top of the list. No spoilers.   Every modern sports fan has a back up plan, as in DVR back up. Especially on Super Bowl Sunday. At least that’s the plan. Since every commercial isn’t Super Bowl grade, or even close when you can actually figure out […]

BLAZERS MAKE A PORTLAND BOO BOO ON YOGI FERRELL

  It ain’t over ’til it’s over for the Blazers? Yogi says it’s over.   How does a six foot tall player on a ten day contract light up the Blazers for thirty two? The numbers add up to Yogi Ferrell. No longer a cup of coffee player with a quick look at the big […]

ROBIN RICHARDS TO THE RESCUE

What would Robin Richards do?   I grew up in a small Oregon town that had one big team, the wrestling team. And I wasn’t a wrestler. After working my athletic magic to the point of no return in football and basketball and baseball, the magic was gone. Washed up at fourteen years old. My […]

SPORTS BOUNDARY FOR JASON WITTEN COWBOY FANS

  How serious is a sports boundary? Ask a Cowboy fan.   You’ve been at gatherings where there’s a game playing in the TV room. Maybe it’s a family reunion, or a party, or a guy in the neighborhood’s house. Someone catches you watching the game. “Oh, you’re one of them?” they say, and leave. They […]

OREGON DUCKS vs COLLEGE FOOTBALL’S BIGGEST LOSERS

Any team the Oregon Ducks lost big games to qualify for this homer.   Oregon Ducks vs Auburn, 2010. All these years later it feels like it’s time to move on from 2010, to get on with new teams and new eras. Not for this Duck fan. Like the alleged Russian hack of the 2016 […]

GREAT ATHLETES, GREAT PARENTS. BETTER RESULTS?

First place is what great athletes aim for. In the beginning competition reflected the nature of mankind. Whether you cheer for the first life-form slithering from the sea, or the Garden of Eden story, first place is the only place. First place is the happy place. Losers get disappointment and bitterness. They all come after […]