What do you do now that it is the offseason?
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 05/03/2010 12:25 PM


    The 2009-2010 Trail Blazers season has come and gone and the prospect of no Blazers basketball for six months is now looming upon us. Some may get their hoops fix by watching the rest of the NBA playoffs play out for the upcoming six weeks, but if you're like me who only has an NBA allegiance when Portland is in the mix, the rest of the playoffs just doesn't fit the bill. Chances are if you aren't a baseball, golf, or racing fan, taking part in watching professional sports will have to be put on the back burner until the leaves start to change colors in the fall. Now with nights freed up and the summer coming up just around the bend, what hobbies or activities are there to do or take part in? If you still want to keep the Trail Blazers in your mind during the off-season, here are a few suggestions.

    For all of the readers out there, I offer up three selections, destined to bring back memories of the glory years.

    Up first is The Long, Hot Winter, a narration of the 1990-91 season told through the words of Coach Rick Adleman with Dwight Jaynes. After Rip City had returned the year before with a Western Conference Championship, fans wanted more and more Trail blazers coverage. The book is a very quick and easy read, which takes you through the highs and lows of the 63 win Portland Trail Blazers. For a fan such as myself who was only 5/6 years old during that season, going back now and reading it, gives you a whole different perspective on what was actually going on.

    Against the World, written by Kerry Eggers and Dwight Jaynes who covered the team religiously, takes the reader into an even more in-depth look at the 1991-92 Portland Trail Blazers. Due to having actual members of the media putting together this piece, instead the head coach, the coverage is much more thorough. We all have to remember that their was no internet, Facebook, Twitter, or really even cell phones back in the early 90's, so this book is the best recollection of everything that went down from Danny Ainge's contract holdup to the potential Charles Barkley to Portland trade rumors.

    Last but certainly not least is Clyde The Glyde and autobiography of Clyde Drexler told through the stories of Drexler himself but forwarded by Kerry Eggers. Like many 20-somethings in the Oregon region, Drexler amazed us with his high-flying athletic glides through the air and won over our hearts as the sports hero for us during our youth. A must-read for any Trail Blazers or Drexler fan, which takes you through his life as a child in Houston all the way through his retirement as a Hall of Fame and 50 Greatest Players career.

    If reading isn't your cup of tea or you simply want more, there is visual reminiscence of those great, engaging early-90's Trail Blazer squads. The films which depict the amazing three-year run were Return To Rip City which tours through the NBA Finals run of the 1989-90 season, Running Down A Dream focuses more on the franchise-setting 63 win regular season during the 1990-91 year, and Make It Happen is the culmination of the three-year run that shows the Trail Blazers last grasp at a title during the 1991-92 season.

    For me personally, the team will continue to stay in the back of my mind, but with more nights free now, I'll definitely explore more of the Portland restaurant scene and maybe check out a movie here and there. Outside of keeping up in the world of the blog-o-sphere, I would like to see what Oregon has to offer in term of hiking terrain and scenery. While in Arizona this March, I hiked two mountains and found it not only exhilarating but a sense of accomplishment when you stand high above the rest of the world, looking owt to see how far you made it. And during those rainy, June days the northwest is known for, nothing beats a good book. Now that I let all of you know what my plans are for the off-season, what are yours and do you have any suggestions for me?
    Its The Offseason, Now What To Do?

    How are all of you guys going to pass the time from now until October?
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  1. ClydeFrog
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    Posted 05/03/2010 12:52 PM

    Watch a little baseball, but don't get too enthralled with it until August and just wait for College Football. Other than that, no more professional sports until then. I love camping and reading and will pick up those hobbies in the summer time as well as heading over to the lake.
    I am a fan of Watching Elliot Williams Take Flight!
  1. Anees
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    Posted 05/03/2010 2:26 PM

    I have Clyde the Glide - autographed by the Glide himself! Great book. I wore #22 when I played ball back in middle school. :-) Sadly, I'll be studying over the summer - ahh, the life of a medical student, but will be great to be home in Ptown after 11 months away. Other than that, will be spending time with family.
    I am a fan of Lillard, Batum, Lopez, LA and T Rob taking it to other teams!
  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 05/03/2010 2:55 PM

    Hey don't knock studying :) , it's a great way to pass the time, plus it will all pay off in the end! I also have my copy autographed by the Glide, too bad I didn't get it signed by him personally, but I also wore #22 at any chance throughout my younger days.
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  1. GuitarJ111
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    Posted 05/03/2010 3:42 PM

    Now that its the offseason, I will be giving my kids and husband their mom/wife back a couple nights a week again ;).. Also, camping, hiking, BBQ's, and just plain old playing outside with the kids!  Basketball season sure took my life over a little more than expected this year, but it sure was great and a great outlet for stress (even though it caused some stress too) and was a nice break from the day to day.  Cant wait for next season!!!!
    I am a fan of the Blazers once again, rising above all odds and injuries!
  1. Kim~
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    Posted 05/04/2010 10:33 AM

    I need to take cooking lessons  :)
    I am a fan of scrapping !
  1. Kim~
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    Posted 05/04/2010 10:33 AM

    I need to take cooking lessons  :)
    I am a fan of scrapping !
  1. ClydeFrog
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    Posted 05/04/2010 10:38 AM

    Anyone else finding it hard to watch the playoffs knowing our boys just got eliminated?  No matter what the sport, when my team is good and they lose, either regular season or playoffs, I can't watch that said sport for a while. I like to clear my thoughts and do something non-specific sports related. For example: After we beat the Suns in Game 4, I was really excited to watch the other playoff games that night. You know, hear a little praise about Roy's comeback and how it is a series, etc, but after Game 6..I haven't been able to watch it since and probably won't till Summer League. I'm stoked about the Draft Lotto though!
    I am a fan of Watching Elliot Williams Take Flight!
  1. Kim~
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    Posted 05/05/2010 10:38 AM

    The only team I even somewhat like in the playoffs now is Orlando, but my interest is gone.
    I am a fan of scrapping !
  1. GuitarJ111
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    Posted 05/05/2010 10:56 AM

    Orlando KILLED the Hawks last night... they won by 43!!!  Makes our blowouts not look so painful..... maybe?!? Ok, not really.  I still enjoy watching parts of games and Im still scoreboard watching... Im just waiting for it to end so I can kick this addiction for a while. :)
    I am a fan of the Blazers once again, rising above all odds and injuries!
  1. AnnaInTheHouse
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    Posted 05/05/2010 11:53 AM

    I enjoy watching the playoffs but yeah...it definitely hurts knowing the potential we could have had. This offseason I plan on actually cleaning my house, reading and vacationing. and yeah Jenny, the Hawks were SALUGHTERED. A 43 point loss? come on Atlanta! that's just embarrassing.
    I am a fan of Bringin' the Blazers back!!
  1. EthanMoney
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    Posted 05/05/2010 12:30 PM

    I'll be filling my time with pretending I enjoy watching baseball, Looking forward to football, and working all summer long.
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 05/05/2010 1:47 PM

    I think the next big date basketball wise I'm looking forward to is the Draft Lottery which is May 18th. Please Knicks don't get into the top 3 because it goes to the Jazz no matter the draft position!
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  1. shuttlesworth
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    Posted 05/06/2010 7:46 AM

    I'll order some dvds from PonTel and take a look again at all the great games from this season...like 31.pts batum, 52 pts miller, and some others...and then the oldschool conference finals from 2000 against the lakers..I am really looking forward to that - PIPPEN!!!
    I am a fan of this awesome development during the last years !!! GO BLAZERS !!!
  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 05/06/2010 10:56 AM

    I've already started my in-depth prospect watch for the draft. Last night I was scouring the web for mock drafts and which players I think would fit best with us. Regardless of where we pick, we have KP and he has a proven track record for making the right call come Draft Day and that's why its so exciting.
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  1. ClydeFrog
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    Posted 05/06/2010 2:12 PM

    Anyone going to check out Iron Man 2 tonight?
    I am a fan of Watching Elliot Williams Take Flight!
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