Hello Rip City

Better late than never, I guess. I see that Sean has already begun to take over the Rip City Project, so I’ll keep my introduction short that way we can get right down to business.

My name is Mike Acker, and I am proud to have been given the opportunity by SJ and Coup to be one of two taking over the reins of the Rip City Project.  I’ve been a lifelong Blazer fan, having grown up in Corvallis, and have been following the team intensely since moving to the Rose City in 2002.

I’ve seen the team at its worst, getting run out of the gym by the LA Clippers and finishing with the worst record in the NBA, and I’m glad to be able to say that I’ve seen them at their best in the last few years. I was on hand two seasons ago as an intern for the team’s official website to witness such events as B Roy’s 52 point performance against Phoenix, the comeback win against the Boston Celtics, and not one but two epic beat downs of the Los Angeles Lakers.

Last season was one of ups and downs for everyone, this coming season I’m expecting more ups than down, fewer injuries, more games won, and of course a better playoff seed and a second round berth. This season I look forward to continuing the level of coverage provided by the Rip City Project. I’m also looking forward to breakout seasons from Nicolas Batum and Greg Oden, a few more monumental performances from Marcus Camby and Andre Miller, and a continuation of the stellar play of Brandon Roy and LaMarcus Aldridge.

It will be an honor to take part in the thriving Blazer blog community. I think it’s safe to say that no other city and no other professional franchise has as intelligent and dedicated a fan base as the one we are privileged to have in Rip City. As the season progresses, and we get to know each other better, I would love to hear from everyone. As Sean said and I fully agree this blog belongs to the fans.

Thanks to everyone that reads the Rip City Project. I can’t wait to get started.

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