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Jennifer Williams Discusses Being the Person Behind ‘I’m Trying Jennifer’

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Tara and Cassidy talked to Jennifer “I’m trying Jennifer” Williams, whose tweet sparked an internet meme that kept Trail Blazers fans entertained all season long.

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CJ McCollum finally secured another victory in the NBA Playoffs, so we called up Jennifer Williams of “I’m trying Jennifer” fame to talk about the Portland Trail Blazers. On this episode of the WHAT Pod we discussed what triggered the tweet in the first place and what it is like to see a tweet go viral. Finally, we dived into why she thinks the sentiment struck a chord with Portland’s fanbase and how life has been since she became internet famous.

Beyond discussing her famous tweet, we asked for Jennifer’s to weigh in on the Blazers’ playoff chances. We also took a broader look at what a potential matchup between the Rockets and Warriors could look like in the second round of the Western Conference Playoffs.

Jennifer was such a great sport, we hope you enjoy listening as much as we enjoyed talking to her.

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Highlights

1:00 - Icebreaker: What technological advancement can’t you live without when it comes to watching basketball?

4:44 - Getting to know Jennifer and how she came to love basketball. She grew up in Chicago with a basketball loving family, Michael Jordan cemented her basketball fandom. After an inauspicious try-out for the JV team, she decided she would concentrate on watching basketball instead of playing it.

7:30 - What happened that day last summer?

11:58 - Was she surprised that McCollum responded?

13:20 - Was she surprised when it came up again?

15:16 - Why does she think it went so viral?

17:04 - Has anyone approached her to capitalize on the phrase “I’m trying Jennifer”?

19:48 - She recently started a blog imtryingjennifer.net with the hopes of telling her side of the story and sell her own version of an “I’m trying Jennifer” t-shirt.

22:49 - Thoughts on the playoffs so far?

24:56 - Predictions for Western Conference finals

27:01 - How did the Warriors blow a 31-point lead against the Clippers?

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Follow Blazer’s Edge on Twitter @blazersedge, WHAT Pod @HoopsAndTalks, Tara @tcbbiggs, and Cassidy @CassidyGemmet. This week’s guest: Jennifer Williams (@ChocDelight1980).

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Music used in the episode: “Happy Alley” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License