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Q&A: Matt Braunger

The comedian and former Portlander talks about the state of comedy in his hometown, the Bridgetown Comedy Festival and the future of the local scene.


Matt Braunger was a comedian in Portland before being a comedian in Portland was cool. In a way, he’s one of the reasons comedy exists in Portland at all. In 2008, he co-founded the Bridgetown Comedy Festival with fellow Portlanders Andy Wood and Kim Brady, a four-day event that's since grown to...   More
Monday, December 23, 2013 by MIKE ACKER

On The Rebound

The Blazers broke our hearts. Are we ready to get back with the NBA’s hottest team?

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Maybe it was when Kobe’s alley-oop to Shaq sealed Game 7 of the 2000 Western Conference Finals. Maybe it was when Greg Oden’s knee exploded for the third time or when Brandon Roy finally gro   More
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 MIKE ACKER

From the Elbow: What's In a Chant?

Portland has grown to love LaMarcus Aldridge. Will he love us back?

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Basketball games can be broken down into a collection of related but seemingly unique moments. Basketball seasons can be broken down into a collection of related but seemingly unique games. And professional basketball careers can be broken down into a collection of related but seemingly unique seasons. One moment doesn’t define a game, just as one game doesn’t define a s...   More
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 by MIKE ACKER

From the Elbow: A November to Remember

The Blazers just finished a nearly all-time best month. But what does it mean?

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All things being equal, November 2013 wasn’t the best month for sports in the state of Oregon. On Nov. 7, down in Palo Alto, Calif., the University of Oregon Ducks football team, as viable a candidate for the BCS Championship Game as there was in college football this season, was steamrolled by the muscular running game of the Stanford Cardinal, ending their bid for the natty.&nb...   More
Monday, December 2, 2013 by MIKE ACKER

From the Elbow: Unexpected Early Returns

The Blazers have the second best record in the NBA, have won 10 straight, and for once are winning on the road.

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This new Blazer season was supposed to be all about change. And so far, it has been. There’s a whole new group coming off the bench. There’s a selection of new food items available on the concourses of the newly named arena. But change has been most evident in 2013-14 in the "W" colum...   More
Monday, November 25, 2013 by MIKE ACKER

From the Elbow: Revenge of the Traded

Blazer Thomas Robinson continues an NBA tradition: playing his best games have against the team that drafted and then ditched him.

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A season ago Jerryd Bayless made his first trip to Portland as a member of an NBA team other than the Trail Blazers. Bayless, for those of you who might have forgotten, was taken 11th overall by the Indiana Pacers in the 2008 draft and immediately shipped to the Blazers. He was the kind of dynamic scoring point guard in training who, when teamed with All-Pro Brandon Roy,    More
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 by MIKE ACKER

From the Elbow: Ethic Studies

A week into the season, Nicolas Batum and the Blazers provide a lesson in the NBA's strange morality.


The NBA is hard to encapsulate. It’s a league comprised of the best professional basketball players in the world. It’s a corporation operating on a large scale trying to sell a high-value product to the largest possible customer base at the best possible price with the highest imaginable mark-up. It’s a conglomeration of similarly run large business enterprises fighting agains...   More
Thursday, November 7, 2013 by MIKE ACKER

From The Elbow: The Fan Pledge

As the Blazers tip off a new season, we revisit the proclamation the franchise made to its fans 10 years ago.


In 2003, a basketball fan from Bend was quoted in Sports Illustrated equating rooting for the Blazers to “selling one’s soul for a cheap thrill.” It had only been two years since Portland came within one epic fourth-quarter collapse from a trip to the NBA Finals and a possibl...   More
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 by MIKE ACKER

All Jane No Dick: Days 2 and 3


WW writer Mike Acker reports from days 2 and 3 of all-female comedy festival All Jane No Dick. Read his first post here.
Who holds an all-female comedy festival on a full moon? That was a question posed by local comedy lege...   More
Sunday, October 20, 2013 by MIKE ACKER

All Jane No Dick: Moments From Day 1


WW writer Mike Acker selects his top moments from the first night of all-female comedy festival All Jane No Dick, which kicked off yesterday. The festival continues through Sunday; check out the schedule    More
Friday, October 18, 2013 by MIKE ACKER
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