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SPACE NEEDLE BECOMES LAMP POST IF SEATTLE GROWS THE WRONG DIRECTION

    Reading right to left the image of Seattle changes from working port town Seattle to big league sports town Seattle to gorgeous big-city-over-water skyline Seattle, the equal to any world center. And then the forgotten Space Needle. There it is all by itself on the left. Alone. Can we finally agree? Seattle is […]

SEATTLE WORKS HARD FOR THE TOP SPOT

    A money man gave me the short history of how important places draw the right people to them, how they work. In the emerging Industrial Revolution world London was the center of the universe. Anyone with dreams and aspirations of being somebody, of one day being The Man, moved to London. Things changed […]

SEATTLE, WHERE THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST BEGINS

  Few artists could paint a picture of Seattle that looks like Portland, but the comparisons never end. Get on the whine line and listen. Seattle traffic, Seattle housing, Seattle expansion. Look down the road and hear the same thing about Portland traffic, Portland housing, Portland expansion. Although more cites across America lay claim as […]

THE BLAZERS: 5 BOOMER THUMBS UP, 5 THUMBS DOWN

Also Appearing On Oregon Sports News. THUMBS UP 1. Paul Allen. We’ve seen how other computer billionaires handle their teams. Mr. Allen is no Steve Ballmer? That’s good because Ballmer’s more than one of a kind. He’s one of a different kind. If computer guys didn’t like the nerd label, or didn’t before they got […]

1080 THE FAN GOES ON A HOST HUNT

Admit it, you’ve been in someone’s car with sports talk radio on and thought, “Please just shut up.” But they don’t turn it down. The driver won’t change the station. You don’t ask. The radio hosts keep repeating things three times. You wonder who the last two are for since you heard it the first […]

GREG ODEN? SAY IT ISN’T SO

When the Portland Trailblazers drafted Greg Oden instead of Kevin Durant, fans all over Oregon opened their basketball hearts and let him in. That’s what happens when someone gets introduced in your living room, or Portland’s Pioneer Square, the city’s living room. We’d just seen him lose the NCAA title game to Florida and looked […]

Baby Boomer Adopts The Seattle Seahawks

Dave And A Sports Fan Family. The distance between Seattle and Portland shrinks every fall Sunday. So does the gap between big brother to the north and little brother during the NFL season. Sports do that. Harmony grows between the two cities with each win, whether the comeback on Houston that seemed ordained by football […]

A Rose Garden Is a Rose

EXCEPT WHEN IT’S NOT The Portland Trail Blazers need a sponsor. They need deep pockets to step forward with the sort of money that gets their name on the side of a building. This is too big a job for Paul Allen and the Vulcans, the people who’ve been running the Blazers into…the future. The best place […]