About the Staff

Welcome to Rip City Project, the Portland Trail Blazers news and opinions site brought to you by the FanSided Network. Rip City Project is dedicated to providing top-notch Trail Blazers news, views, and original content. This site also serves as a community for like-minded fans to come together to catch up on the latest news and to discuss their passion.

Meet the Team

Stevie Cozens,Site Expert

I'm Stevie from New Zealand. I'm a basketball loving dude who grew up following Jordan and the Bulls. I recently completed Sports Business Classroom at the Las Vegas Summer League and am lucky enough to write about basketball every day of my life. Find me on Twitter or send me an email!

Ryan Gaskin,Contributor

Hi there! My name is Ryan Gaskin, and 20 years old. I'm English, but am currently living in Georgia, USA. I'm in my junior year at the University of North Georgia, and plan to graduate in 2021. I am also on the tennis team at UNG. I'm a lover of most sports, and am particularly invested in football (soccer!) and basketball. I'm a huge Manchester United fan on the football side of things, and the Portland Trail Blazers are my favorite team in the NBA. I look forward to sharing my thoughts and ideas on here!

Ryan Mandel,Contributor

My name is Ryan Mandel and I am a die-hard Portland Trail Blazers fan. I am currently a junior at Gonzaga University studying Business/Computer Science, but love watching and writing about basketball in my free time. I am always open to talk NBA with anyone that wants to!

Chris Brown,Contributor

Lifelong Blazers fan, journalist for nearly two decades, husband, father of two girls, consummate nerd. Portland last won the championship two years before I was born, but I'm reasonably sure I'm not the reason for their futility since then.

Christopher O'Day,Contributor

The host of Late Night Shots Podcast. Varsity Boys golf coach for Nooksack Valley since 2014. I play golf, softball, and basketball in my free time. Love watching and listening to the Seattle Mariners, the Baltimore Ravens, and the Portland Trail Blazers. Proud Husband and Father of an awesome son and beautiful new baby girl.

Andrew Zahnd,Contributor

Andrew is an avid fan of all things basketball - playing, watching, analyzing, and writing.

Quentin Thorne,Contributor

Quentin Thorne is a student journalist at Hofstra University. Quentin currently writes for the Rip City Project and Golden Gate Sports. In addition Quentin works for WRHU 88.7 FM and Hofstra Sports Beat on the Heat Network.

Brandon Nutting,Contributor

From Upstate New York, Growning up as huge sports fan of the NBA, NFL, NHL, and All College Sports.

Ruben Estrada,Contributor

Born and Raised in Portland, OR. Lifelong passion for Rip City. Cut from the eight grade club basketball team. Hopefully a better writer than baller.

Carson Brown,Contributor

Carson Brown is a sophomore at Washington State University who grew up in Redmond Washington as an all-around basketball junky. The love for sports made its way into writing and the passion was found.

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