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Tuesday, August 18th, 2009 at 9:26 am  |  62 responses

Blazers Introduce ‘Rip City’ Uniforms

Putting nicknames on jerseys is never a good look (@pdxtrailblazers via BDL):

Portland Trail Blazers jerseys

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  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Love ‘em, almost as much as the commenting rules that are in the submit comment box.

  • http://lastknickstanding.blogspot.com Bryan

    Those are actually pretty sweet.

  • http://sdjfklf.com Jukai

    Damn… like ‘em a lot

  • http://www.twitter.com/nichosmegasport andrew

    Why is portland rip city?

  • larrylegend

    red uniform looks good, timeless…bring back the old uniforms, nj!

  • sixersforlife_85

    Are these to be worn through every game this season? Or are they just for a select couple of ‘tribute’ nights during the season?

  • Maurice

    are they talking about richard hamilton hometown coatsville????

  • Torrance

    Yeah, why rip city?

  • http://www.mynameinblue.blogspot.com Hisham

    H.O.T. spells hot

  • http://www.mynameinblue.blogspot.com Hisham

    why is portland rip city? why is houston clutch city? they just are!

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    like the vertical blazers one a lot. rip city is kinda corny. imagine LA putting lake show on their jersey or the yanks going with bronx bombers. not cool.

  • http://www.mynameinblue.blogspot.com Hisham

    side note: I still like the regular jerseys better. Those are just timeless and beautiful

  • http://www.sportsoutsider.wordpress.com jumpman3224

    The red ones are sick. Would love to get the Roy one.

  • The Real Thing

    A few months ago, I saw a guy wearing a Rudy Fernandez throwback jersey in the style of that red one, and instantly thought of how awesome it would be to see Rudy and other Blazers wearing them in an actual game. At the press conference, the Blazers had Terry Porter sporting the red jersey, and legendary play-by-play announcer Bill Schonely sported the “rip city” one.

  • The Real Thing

    Also, here’s where the term Rip City came from (from Wikipedia): “The term was coined by the team’s legendary play-by-play announcer Bill Schonely during a game against the Los Angeles Lakers in the Blazers’ first season.[12] In a recurring segment on Comcast SportsNet Northwest, Schonely explained that a three-point play by Blazers’ player Jim Barnett caused the net on the basket to rip. Schonely exclaimed “Rip City!” at the sight, and a member of his broadcasting team urged him to run with that as a rallying cry for the young team”

  • phdwannabe

    wikipedia is your friend.
    ” The term was coined by the team’s legendary play-by-play announcer Bill Schonely during a game against the Los Angeles Lakers in the Blazers’ first season. In a recurring segment on Comcast SportsNet Northwest, Schonely explained that a three-point play by Blazers’ player Jim Barnett caused the net on the basket to rip. Schonely exclaimed “Rip City!” at the sight, and a member of his broadcasting team urged him to run with that as a rallying cry for the young team.”

  • The Real Thing

    For those wondering where the term Rip City came from: “The term was coined by the team’s legendary play-by-play announcer Bill Schonely during a game against the Los Angeles Lakers in the Blazers’ first season.[12] In a recurring segment on Comcast SportsNet Northwest, Schonely explained that a three-point play by Blazers’ player Jim Barnett caused the net on the basket to rip. Schonely exclaimed “Rip City!” at the sight, and a member of his broadcasting team urged him to run with that as a rallying cry for the young team”

  • phdwannabe

    you, mr Real Thing, must be a great mind.

  • http://www.slamonline.com wayno

    The white one looks a little strange, but I LOVE the red, that thing is sick.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    Eboy = laaaate

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    kinda disappointed with the explanation. its so random. i thought it was something that actually had to do with portland or the blazers.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Cha-ching!

  • orteezy

    the last blazer jersey i got was rasheeed. been wainting to get rudy or roy. mos def gonna be rockin one of these at the rose garden this year. RRRRRRIPP CITY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    meh, kinda corny

  • dale

    sorry, love the ‘rip city’ concept, but that belongs to the fans, not the franchise. their heart is in the right place, but it’s corny to appropriate rip city on the official jersey. too studied, too self-conscious… trying too hard.

    i’m gonna be really pissed if this is a merchandising gimmick and the team doesn’t actually wear the jerseys, except on a “tribute” night, like the other commenter said.

    i really like the red one with the vertical stripe though.

  • The D Train

    I actually almost purchased a Bill Walton jersey in the kick-arse red style a few years back for 300 bones one very, very drunken night. Luckily even in my state of total inebriation, I thought better of it at the last minute. That would have been absolutely TERRRRRIBLE!

    p.s. am I the only nut-job out there that totally misses B-Dubb and Snapper going at it on the old NBC telecasts? B-Dubb’s sense of hyperbole and over-the-top, mid-stream changes of heart are legendary in my mind.

  • http://gmail dirty frank

    You are not alone D Train. Bring back crazy Walt and the Snapper!

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    Looks like I’m the minority here but I like the Rip City jersey. I think by being able to put the nickname on the jersey it kind of symbolizes how close knit the city of Portland is with the Blazers. And haven’t the New York Knickerbockers been putting their “Knick”name on their jerseys for decades?

  • garett

    I loved Bill Walton on colour. Literally. He needs to come back to doing more games, when possible, and with Snapper Jones. Reading “Breaks of the Game”, appreciating where the crazy hippie was coming from more now and what he once meant to the game. Also, he says random stuff like this:

    “”You look at Vladimir Radmanovic, this guy is cut from stone. As if Michelangelo was reading and a lightening bolt flashed before him.”

  • http://sportzin.com Joey E.

    looks like a WNBA jersey.
    red throwback is awesome of course

  • http://www.shoenut.blogspot.com ShoeNut

    I’m feelin’ those uniforms. Nice retro look.

  • Josh D

    NICE! R they actually gonna wear these all the time,cos u don’t wear a jersey all year round wih a nickname on it, u just don’t

  • http://double-technical.blogspot.com Zee!

    In tribute to the now defunt hip hop show, they should make a RAP CITY jersey and have Joe claire and Prince Dejour sport them.

  • 6marjon

    lookin good

  • LeoneL

    Motor City Pistons unis coming soon.

  • LeoneL

    Or how about a Big Apple Knicks? On second thought…

  • vmcb

    I want a Rudy jersey in Red. Or Roy. I love the Blazers.

  • vic21

    Totally corny. Ideal for Portland.

  • The D Train

    actually kind of disappointed that the white jersey doesnt say Ripped City, as that would seem more apropos for my Portland city brethren.

  • http://www.newyorkshockexchange.com Old School Baller

    These jerseys are phat. But if they are gonna carry names like “Rip City” the Blazers had better bring it. If you can’t play, you can’t bring extra attention to yourself . . . that’s the code of the streets.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Being in Portland, I dont have the reason why or how we got the “Rip City” tag, but the last time the team was this good (played pistons and bulls in finals) there was a song made called- rip city, rap city. Song was performed by Kersey,Buck Williams, Porter, C. Robinson, and I think Clyde was even on it.. Some radio promotion thing.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    The whole Rip City thing just kinda stuck. Also this is where the “BEAT L.A.” signs and chants started.. I think Duckworth was on the tape too, and a little disappointed that Slam has not mentioned him, even in the noize section since he died last summer. @vic- um, yeah Portland is corny so u should definitely NOT visit or move here..

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Blinguo

    Rip city one could use more work with the color placement and design but no worse than the other new versions of on court jerseys these days. And at least more of an idea than using pinstripes again.
    -
    Jim Barnett? “2 for 1!”

  • http://www.broy7.com nate the great

    ? why is everyone hating the rip city?
    cause its a nickname?
    the blazers are really the trail blazers.
    the knicks were really the knickerbockers.
    i think sporting the rip city jersey every once in awhile would be cool.
    but yeah i miss the jersery’s to the left.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Ive said it before, I prefer the retro jerseys over the newer stuff. Only ones that have improved over time are the grizzlies and raptors. I liked the maroon rockets, tan nuggets, etc. and why did they change a lot of the logos? Warriors,Wolves,Hawks,Pistons,etc. etc.

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  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    It’s all lovely. (hopefully this was neither racist, derogatory or ‘trolling’).
    ^_^

  • chintao

    The whites have a kind of Rucker look to them. I can dig that. The Knicks only put Knicks on their jerseys for a very brief time (the 80′s?). For most of their history, “New York” has graced the front of both home and away jerseys.

  • http://www.associatedcontent.com/sandydover Sandy Dover

    I like the “Rip City” uniform, but I wonder if it’s going to be a mainstay uni or just a 2010 exclusive. The design is nice and utilizes some new structure of the jersey that is unlike the regular duds. My only gripe is that the nickname “Rip City” is sort of a Portland nickname for the team, and by putting on the jersey, it kind of creates this “bandwagon” effect for future hangers-on. I don’t know…that seems sort of cheap to me, but other than that, I can’t disagree with the uniform (I just hope this isn’t a way that Portland send some feelers out for a whole new uniform design altogether, because I love the regular threads they’re wearing and have been wearing).
    One more thing…the OG uniforms just had a solid black and solid white stripe down the side, not some chunky white stripe with mini black (and silver?) trim lines down the side. That I don’t like.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    yuck

  • jay

    i assume these will be hardwood classics for the blazers this year..not bad….kinda cool but wont cop!

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Knicks should should rock “Gotham” jerseys.

  • Flash

    how about ROY CITY?

  • http://slamonline.com Dave

    Actually, I think nicknames on jerseys is extra cool.
    For the life of me, I don’t understand why the All Star jerseys don’t have the player’s nicknames on the back rather than their surname. I mean, tha ASG is all about flash and dazzle!
    How f%$king cool would it be to own an East #21 jersey with BIG TICKET on the back? Or a #23 with THE KING or a West #24 with BLACK MAMBA?

  • http://slamonline.com maclovenotwar

    Ouch. The Rip City white jersey looks like it was designed by one of the amateur EA Sports Jersey Contest creators. Some issues: the rip city word mark, including the “p” touching the stripe; the regular uniform number font does not fit with the rest of the design; and the best logo in the NBA being dumped up there over the collar trim. Really poor effort, Portland.

  • http://slamonline.com maclovenotwar

    The red one is decent, but I agree with Hisham: their normal uniforms are so much better anyway.

  • http://www.slamonline.com wayno

    The Clippers jerseys are going to say “Not the Lakers”…

  • Disliked23

    Rip City means everything to true portland fans and nothing to those who aren’t. Say “corny” all you want but I think that in this moment the sentiment is perfect. Fans of this team have been through a lot and I for one love everything that the team is doing to reconnect. Plus even the lamest alternate jersey is still fing cool.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    lol @ wayno.. Funny you say that flash, people used to say Porterland (after Terry Porter) Or when Z-bo was here it was “Porkland”

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Well said disliked.. Being the only pro sports team in the area, we take a lot of pride in this team.. In Barkley’s book “I could be wrong, but I doubt it” Chuck even said that Portland has the most supportive fans..

  • james young

    Why mess with the best jerseys in the game! Rip City rocks, but should not be put on the uniform.

  • dimzter

    nice jersey..

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