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You guys have already started with your Blazer-themed Thanksgiving tributes in the sidebar so I don't feel obligated to write a huge one this year.  I'll just offer this:

--To Brandon for being one of the most reliable, multi-faceted, and sane All-Stars in the league...

--To Lamarcus for continuing to work so hard on your body and your game and pouring in all those points...

--To Greg for being huge, dunking like a freight train falling off a bridge, and staying healthy...

--To Steve for putting in all of the hours and getting half of the credit, plus for hitting those threes...

--To Nicolas for the hustle, for blending in seamlessly, for stepping up when called upon, and for giving Sophia something to talk about...

--To Travis for sharpening that three-point shot and for being clutch...

--To Channing for the made jumpers and for making every media person in the area laugh and appreciate their jobs...

--To Rudy for moving excellently without the ball and for knowing what to do with the ball when it's passed to you...

--To Sergio for sticking with it and for those beautiful passes, especially the alley-oops...

--To Joel for being OUR guy, Portland's guy, the one who makes us feel safe about this team's effort and rebounding...

--To Jerryd for the intensity and the promise of things to come...

--To Ike for suiting up and going at it while coming back from injury...

--To Raef for a couple years of hidden service and for opening up trade possibilities...

--To Nate for having taught these kids the right way for the past couple of years so that their coming of age could be filled with integrity and have staying power...

--To all of the coaches who work long hours to prepare this team...

--To Kevin Pritchard and the scouting staff who all but created this team ex nihilo and continue to work to improve it...

--To Paul Allen who assembled the crew and gave them the tools...

--To the Blazer office staff for working with us and allowing us to provide coverage...

--To Ben Golliver for being the best interviewer in the business, working long hours every home game, and for bringing a whole new dimension to this community...

--To Casey Holdahl for being a great example of blogging as well as a friend, to Gavin Dawson for the radio time and podcasting, to Mike Barrett and Mike Rice, Brian Wheeler, Jason Quick and Joe Freeman, Dwight Jaynes, Brian Hendrickson, Greg Jayne, Henry Abbott, Storyteller, and all of the local and national media folks who have collaborated with us and whose participation and exemplary work have made this site better...

--To Nate for arranging Blazersedge Night...

--To all the girls who have sent lingerie pics to the blogger they're infatuated with...

--And by "all the girls" I mean mostly Mortimer...

--And by "mostly" I mean "only"...

--To everyone who has taken the time to read, comment, make fanposts and fanshots, and who has made this community such a joy to participate in...

I am deeply grateful to all of you.  This will be a wonderful season--both the Holiday and the NBA versions--and it's wonderful to spend it with you.  The best is yet to come, my friends.  And the best will be all your hearts could desire.

Happy Thanksgiving!

--Dave (blazersub@yahoo.com)

 

[Edit:]  Ooops!  To Martell...thanks for the improving defense and the long ball, both of which are going to come in handy real soon...