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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

From the Elbow #19: Crabbe Dribble

In pre-season, Blazers rookie Allen Crabbe is fighting for minutes and finding his way as a pro—all while strapped to a Minnie Mouse backpack.

Allen Crabbe

Allen Crabbe is a pretty laid back dude. It makes sense, considering he was born and raised in Los Angeles, and spent three years playing college basketball in Berkeley—two cities notorious for fostering chilled-out men and women of all types. One of two Blazer rookies who will be on the Opening Night roster for 2013-14, Crabbe’s laid back demeanor was in full effect following ...   More
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 by MIKE ACKER

From the Elbow #18: The (European) Champ Is Here

How Nicolas Batum spent his summer vacation: Helping France win its first EuroBasket Championship.


Instagram has been the best place to catch up on what the Blazers have been up to in these last few weeks before the start of training camp and the launch of the 2013-14 NBA season. Damian Lillard has been hosting a weekly rap battle of sorts. Wesley Matthews has p...   More
Friday, September 27, 2013 by MIKE ACKER

From the Elbow #17: Changing of the Point Guards (Among Other Things)

August was a month of changes for the Blazers—both large and small.


A wise man once said, "The only thing constant is change" (or there abouts, depending on the translation). This age-old truism is no more obvious than in the NBA. With rosters being small, front offices fairly fluid and marketing initiatives shifting on an almost day-to-day basis, the NBA is in an almost constant state of f...   More
Thursday, September 12, 2013 by MIKE ACKER

MusicfestNW 2013: Brian Posehn

Can an alt-comedy fartiste finally grow up—at age 47?

Comedy and Variety
Brian Posehn has been earning a living making people laugh for more than two decades, primarily by telling fart jokes. Recently, though, Posehn has done something he once vowed to avoid: tell jo   More
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 MIKE ACKER

From the Elbow #16: The Magnificent No. 7

The Blazers' newest addition will be wearing a familiar number.

Free agent signings tend to all happen the same way, more or less. With a finite number of free agents available—all of them known entities—rumors begin to fly as soon as the free agency moratorium ends. Names are matched with teams based on wish and speculation, connected national reporters make claims backed by well-placed sources, players take meetings with the teams they’re inter...   More
Tuesday, August 13, 2013 by MIKE ACKER

From the Elbow #15: Welcome Back

Greg Oden is finally returning to the NBA. Portland should wish him well.

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Many Portlanders with a 2007 vintage or older have Greg Oden stories. There was the time the 2007 No. 1 overall pick was spotted, photographed and recorded on video shopping at Haggen in Tualatin. There were sightings of G.O. walking a pair of small dogs in South W...   More
Tuesday, August 6, 2013 by MIKE ACKER
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