Dane really wanted to visit Portland to see the Mavericks play the Trail Blazers. While I’m not a big basketball enthusiast, it was a fantastic date and we both enjoyed the game.

I questioned why they call the Trail Blazers “Rip City” and Dane, ever the fountain of esoteric knowledge, knew the answer. Bill Schonely, an announcer back in the 70s, got very excited about a long distance shot, and yelled, “Rip City!” He didn’t know why he said it, the crowd didn’t know why he said it, but it stuck.

And of course, there is a whole Wikipedia page on Nicknames of Portland, Oregon.