Brian Wheeler

Feb 09

Things I’ve been thinking about on an off-day!

By Brian Wheeler Posted in: Blazers, Bulls, Clippers
  • Is it ever too early to start scoreboard watching? It's only February and we're not even at the All-Star Break yet, and I find myself paying even closer attention to the nightly scores as they come in. Sometimes you're even forced to root for the Lakers if it means they could help out a team the Blazers are competing with for a play-off spot!
  • Seems like the Carmelo situation is a high stakes game of liar's poker right now. The Nuggets seem to know they can't keep him long-term, but they still might end up not dealing him before the trade deadline. But maybe that's just what they want the Knicks to think so maybe New York ups the ante in terms of what they're willing to give up for Anthony. And maybe a mystery team will emerge to either help facilitate the deal, or perhaps to swoop in and take a gamble that Carmelo may want to stay with them beyond this season. Who's going to blink first?
  • I realize you can see some strange commercials when watching late night TV, but how is Jerry Springer doing a spot for a Portland jewelry store? There must be a story behind that!
  • A fan asked me the other day if I have an alliteration for every letter of the alphabet. I told him "no", but I do have some letters that provide more than one. Remember these are the words I use to describe an opposing head coach when forced to call a time out during a Blazers' run in a game. They are all supposed to indicate some form of frustration, anger, or the like. For instance, "aghast, annoyed, and appalled", "bewildered, befuddled, and bemused", "confused, concerned, and confounded", "dejected, deflated, and demoralized", "jilted, jaded, and jolted", "mystified, mesmerized, and mortified", and "staggered, stunned, and stupefied", just to name a few. I'm always open to suggestions if you think you can come up with one that has merit.
  • I know I'm biased, but there can't be a better PERSON in the role of an NBA head coach than the guy we have right here in Portland, Nate McMillan. A quality individual at all times, and the kind of guy that's easy to root for. The rest of the NBA world seems to hold him in higher esteem than some folks around here, true Blazers' fans not included of course.
  • I appreciate the TV sitcom, "Batman" more now than I did as a kid, and I liked it a heckuva lot then!
  • For so many reasons, the NBA is the best sport for a play-by-play announcer. Football plays just once a week and most of your time is spent in preparing for a game, rather than calling the game itself. Baseball plays every day and the season is so long. Off days are so rare you never really have a chance to get a breather. Hockey has a similar schedule to basketball, but most of the excitement in calling a game is derived from the shots that almost become a goal. And don't get me started with all the European names that you'd have to know on the fly. So basketball becomes #1. You never play more than 2 nights in a row so you don't get worn down. There's plenty of scoring in every game. And the sport features the best athletes in the world, and you might see something on a given night that you may never see again!
  • I have two friends that can't watch black and white TV or black and white movies. Think of all the historic programs they'll never get to enjoy, unless they can get them all colorized. But then they aren't truly authentic, are they?
  • Tom Thibodeau waited 21 years to become an NBA head coach for the first time. That's a long time to be patient for a dream job. But it sure looks like he's a good fit in Chicago, where he's helped raise the level of the Bulls' play more than Vinny Del Negro ever did the last 2 seasons.
  • Speaking of Del Negro, word on the street is he got the Clippers' head coaching job in large part because owner Donald Sterling's wife thought he was better looking than the other top candidate, Dwane Casey. That can't be true, can it? Then again, it is the Clippers so it certainly could be, and we couldn't be surprised if it is, could we?
  • Really looking forward to seeing Eric Clapton in concert at the Rose Garden on the 28th. He may be in his 60's, but show me a better rock/blues guitarist alive than Slowhand.
I could go on, but my off day is almost ending. We'll do it again soon!


  1. Great blog Wheels. I'm digging the bullet point format of your random thoughts. Keep 'em coming!!

    by sarahhecht on 2/9/2011 9:52 AM
  2. great blog wheels. I always love the part of the broadcast of doing a game when you come up with describing frustration of opposing head coach. you are the best at what you do and I love listening to you do games. I love your random thoughts and I so agree with you on clapton that man is a genius on the guitar. blog back on how that concert was...ty for another great blog I am glad you get to write a weekly blog I look forward to hearing from you. You are so right about the nba and broadcasting...ty for bringing the game alive to me since I cant watch the game....

    by oregongal47 view (TG) on 2/9/2011 10:36 AM
  3. A glimpse into the casual mind of Wheels. I dig it.

    I feel ya' on hawking the scoreboards. I'm staring wide-eyed at Dallas and Denver in tight games after NO and Utah already lost tonight. Especially considering the next three Blazer games are statistical gimmees. Could be a big week for the city of roses! ...until Lamarcus is horribly maimed by Patty in a recreational game of paint ball. DON'T DO IT MILLS! HE'S YA BRUDDA!

    by shynz0r on 2/9/2011 8:54 PM
  4. Also, how about that DEN/GS game??? That half time score was a WNBA final score!

    by shynz0r on 2/9/2011 8:56 PM
  5. Wow, that's a lot of random stuff....was that all within a few minutes, or over several hours, lol!

    Funny on the score-watching thing, since I was just doing that. When I saw Denver and Utah and the Hornets lost tonight, I was like, "Yes!"....then I realized I was happy two of the WC teams I like just lost. For me, this time of the year marks the point at which my Blazer fandom truly rises to the top, obliterating my enjoyment for the game in general. You are not alone Wheels, not at all :)

    I sometimes wonder if any of the Nate critics realize that he has a lot to do with the culture of this club and that letting him go could really damage all the fuzzy-warm-feeling-happy-tweeting-"bala"hood chemistry that exists with this group. Surely they must know that Nate fosters and encourages that. His character is beyond reproach and the team naturally follows his lead. Just sayin'....

    by SisillaRiann on 2/9/2011 10:24 PM
  6. Well, at least I'm learning what goes on in your mind at times. :p

    by Shem on 2/9/2011 10:33 PM
  7. Wheels. I love your alliteration! Have the Blazers ever lost a game following one of your alliterative taunts?

    by teradasan on 2/9/2011 10:54 PM
  8. Rutgers beat Nova! Don't get between Dante and Rice anytime soon.

    by Tobyus Sanchezo on 2/10/2011 8:09 AM
  9. Here's another alliteration to add to your list, Wheels!

    Frustrated, flustered, and flabbergasted!

    by Sean Hemersbach on 2/10/2011 1:10 PM
  10. nice thoughts ... though i wouldn't spend too much time worrying about Jerry Springer!

    by Kassandra on 2/10/2011 9:41 PM
  11. You're a hoot, Wheels! P.S. Your background is the best! 4 of the coolest women around, and Melissa's shirt is super cool :-)

    by Cristi on 2/11/2011 4:36 PM
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