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Unlike any other pod in Rip City, The Trail unearths stories of Trail Blazers lore. Listen to any episode at any time - we promise these evergreen documentaries will never go stale. You'll hear from the people closest to each story, reaction from fans off the street and insight from household names.




The Spirit of '77, Part One

Members of the Trail Blazers' 1977 NBA Championship team look back on the franchise's historic season.

Duration: 00:27:39

The Rasta Monsta

In the latest episode of The Trail, Michael Lewellen and Brooke Olzendam look back on the signing of big man Brian Grant, his lasting legacy in Rip City and his rivalry with Hall of Famer Karl Malone.

Duration: 00:53:42

The 31-Year-Old Rookie

In the second part of the two-part series, we pick up where we left off in the Arvydas Sabonis saga: His arrival and impact in the NBA. Guests include David Stern, Brian Grant, PJ Carlesimo, Chris Dudley and Bob Whitsitt. [Includes music from Margot & the Nuclear So and So’s »]

Duration: 00:35:25

Coming to America: The Acquisition of Arvydas Sabonis

Billed as the best big man in the world, highly decorated international superstar Arvydas Sabonis had to overcome politics, war, an NBA veto and the KGB to eventually make his debut in the United States at the age of 31. Hear personal accounts and never-before-heard stories from those involved in scouting, evaluating, drafting and eventually landing the Lithuanian Legend.

Duration: 00:33:10

Steve Blake Makes NBA History in 12 Minutes

During his second stint with the Trail Blazers back in 2009, Steve Blake etched his name into the NBA record books with an incredible quarter of precision, execution ... and a little help from his teammates. Hear from team broadcasters Mike Barrett and Brian Wheeler, as well as Blake himself on the night that should forever be remembered by Trail Blazers fans.

Duration: 00:18:14

The Mayor of Rip City: Part II

Though his hall of fame broadcasting career spanned nearly three decades, the biggest impact Bill Schonely had on the Trail Blazers franchise came during his first season in 1970. Episode Four of The Trail features a sit-down with The Schonz as he acutely recalls the first time he belted the words “Rip City”, and how that phrase has transformed the region. Schonely then describes calling the championship game in 1977 and tells his secret to staying sharp and healthy at the age of 86. Also,...

Duration: 00:25:35

Electing the Mayor of Rip City: Part I

The phrase 'Rip City' would not exist without hall of fame broadcaster Bill Schonely. Over the course of his career with the Trail Blazers, which spans the better part of four decades, "The Schonz" has become an icon in the Trail Blazers community. But how did he find his way to Portland? What was his background? The Trail investigates.

Duration: 00:27:15

Origins of the Pinwheel

In the inaugural episode, our hosts reveal the history of the Portland Trail Blazers pinwheel - what it means, how it came to be and who created it. Guests include team founder Harry Glickman and ESPN's Zach Lowe.

Duration: 00:20:49

What is The Trail?

The Portland Trail Blazers are launching a new podcast called 'The Trail'. Unlike other pods in Rip City, The Trail will unearth stories that teeter on urban legend status. From the creation of the pinwheel and the famous raincoat, to the 1992 NBA Draft being held in Portland and President Nixon's appearance at Memorial Coliseum, The Trail will deliver in-depth mini documentaries delightful to the ears of fans from all eras.

Duration: 00:01:03