Friday, January 28, 2011
One of my favorite things to watch whenever a high school team plays in the Rose Garden is not the awe on the kids' faces or players trying to find their correct locker room, but rather the slow and steady realization by three point shooters that they are not in their own gym anymore.
Shot after shot falls short of the rim as they adjust to the extra distance on the NBA three point arc.
You can tell part of the problem is every player wants to come away from the game saying they hit a three-pointer in the Rose Garden but many of them simply don't have the strength to do it. But hey, if they keep up the effort, they may be hitting them for real some day.
• In the previous three appearances by Horizon at the Rose Garden, the Trail Blazers were 0-3. The Blazers must have known this, because they scheduled the Hawks on a night when the Blazers were facing the Sacramento Kings, who came in sporting one of the worst records in the league at 9-32 entering play. The Blazers were also riding a five-game winning streak and had beat the Kings the previous week in Sacramento.
"We all did a Blazers cheer at center court after our game so maybe that will change things," Horizon coach Darrin Lingel said following the Hawks game.
It didn't work. The Blazers fell flat on their faces and lost 96-81.
• Moving quickly in to soccer, locally the Portland Timbers much anticipated MLS debut is still a few months away, but over in Europe Matt Dallman has been keeping busy for the Sportfreunde Siegen of the German Bundeslege.
The team recently returned from its winter break and Dallman has been getting praises in the German press as a player who gives Siegen offensive options with his ability to flex between midfield and forward. According to my rough translating abilities and a bit of help from Google, this is particularly important given that the Sportfreunde have suffered through a rash of injuries in their forwards.
• Finally, for you trivia: LaMarcus Aldridge was named Western Conference player of the week Monday. How many other Blazers have earned player of the week honors?
A: Aldridge became the tenth Blazer to do so after averaging over 28 points a game over a four game stretch that resulted in four Blazer wins.
That is reason No. 21.1 to be glad I am your local sports reporter.
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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"
Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge