To honor the Portland Trail Blazers 50th season, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler proclaimed Feb. 19, 2020 as “Rip City Day” during Wednesday’s city council meeting.
The phrase “Rip City” was originated by legendary Blazers announcer Bill Schonely.
On Feb. 18, 1971 as the Trail Blazers were taking on the Los Angeles Lakers, guard Jim Barnett hit a jump shot and as it went in Schonley, the radio voice for the Trail Blazers at the time, shouted “Rip City! All Right”.
Schonely attended Wednesday’s declaration, along with Trail Blazers President and CEO Chris McGowan and Rolia Manyongai-Jones, better known as the Trail Blazers’ “dancing lady.”
“The term Rip City has come to represent a die-hard pride and passion for the Trail Blazers and the city of Portland,” the proclamation reads.
You can read the full proclamation here.