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RIP CITY!

Even if he hadn’t been a major force in introducing the Trail Blazers to the fans, Bill Schonely would still be known as the man who created “Rip City.” It happened accidentally, in a first-season game against the Lakers. With Portland in the middle of a second-quarter rally, Jim Barnett swished a long jump shot – probably a 3-pointer if the rule had existed in those days – and out of Schonely’s mouth came “Rip City – all right!” At the next time-out, Schonely’s scorekeeper, Jeff Wohler, nudged him. “Hey, where did that come from?” Schonz responded, “I don’t know – it just came out.” Wohler said, “Well, leave it in.”

 

 

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