Friday, February 03, 2006

I'm Just Trying to Get Paid

Finally feeling good again. I don't think it's any coincidence that as I've started to feel better, so has Darius. Much like Elliot got sick when E.T. was dying, so too has my weakness and congestion disappeared as Darius' knee has progressively improved. So I'd like to give a big shout-out to the fine medical staff taking care of Darius. You do good work.

Even without Darius, the Blazers have been playing some mighty fine basketball lately. After beating the Sonics with a Chalupa-worthy score of 116-111 at Key Arena, the Blazers made a quick trip home to lose in a close one to the World Champion Spurs. It's truly amazing to see how much of a difference that Nate is having on this team. If Mo Cheeks were still "coaching" this team, we'd be lucky to beat the Southridge girl’s team. Guys are playing hard every game, which is something that hasn't happened in Portland in some time. Mac-10 has found a good balance between trying to win games and playing the young talent. The Blazers still have a hard time closing out games, which is a hallmark of young teams, but I wouldn't be surprised if in another month or two, the Blazers win a few of those close games that so far have ended up in the loss column.

Tonight the Blazers face the T-Wolves for the likely the last time this year. I suppose it's always possible that the Blazers could make the playoffs, but from what I've read it's unlikely that half of the teams in the Western Conference are going to be coming down with the Hantavirus any time soon, so this is probably the last chance for the Blazers to get the better of Tiny Head Garnett and the newly acquired Ricky Davis. It's also the beginning of a seven game road swing, which will really give everyone a good idea of what kind of progress this team has made, not to mention what kind of team they're going to be in the second half of the season.

In possibly the most important news though, The Trail Blazers have become the darlings of the sports betting community, as this article from illustrates (hat tip to the always on point Henry Abbott at It seems that Vegas has been taking the "Red and Black Attack" a little too lightly, as they've gone 7-2-1 against the spread in the last 10 games. That's money in the bank son! Of course, now that the word is out, the lines have started to come down, as the Blazers are just 2 point dogs in tonight's game. Both the T-Wolves and the Blazers are 23-20-1 against the spread this year, so it's anyone's guess on who to put your cash down on this one.


At 1:24 PM, Blogger Sean said...


Check Rip City 24/7 and read the most recent post. If I could get your site on board for this too it would be great. You'll see what I mean once you read it.



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