Rip City, Baby!
Those words have become synonymous with the Trail Blazers and now it'll be etched in history as Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler will proclaim Feb. 19, 2020 as "Rip City Day" during Wednesday’s city council meeting.
It will honor the Portland Trail Blazers 50th season, but also pay homage to the person who uttered those words 49 years ago.
The phrase "Rip City" came almost unintentionally by way of iconic Blazers announcer Bill Schonely.
It was in a game vs. the LA Lakers on February 18th, 1971, when Jim Barnett sinked a shot from deep. In what would have been a three-pointer now, the crowd roared and Shonely shouted, "Rip City! All right!"
Schonely will be in attendance during Wednesday’s declaration. So will Trail Blazers President and CEO Chris McGowan. The proclamation is scheduled to be read by Wheeler at 10:30 a.m. at Portland City Hall.
Read the full proclamation here:
City council declared June 12th as Portland Trail Blazers Day last year to commemorate the Trail Blazers Western Conference Finals appearance. Soon, even Damian Lillard will have his own day, according to a tweet from Mayor Wheeler!
It's a momentous occasion for the Trail Blazers, Schonley and Rip City!