Officially declared by Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, February 19 will henceforth be known as Rip City Day.
On February 18, 1971, the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers play-by-play announcer Bill Schonely blurted out a spur-of-the-moment exclamation, “Rip City! Alright!” after guard Jim Barnett threw up a wild shot late in their game against the Los Angeles Lakers to tie things up. “I don’t know why I said it,” says Schonely, the man who birthed a movement.
Portland has since adopted the nickname as part of its identity. One man’s phrase has become an iconic character-defining feature. It’s a mindset. A way of life. Portland is Rip City.
Today, we celebrate the first Rip City Day.
— Jared Cowley (@jaredcowley) February 19, 2020
This morning Portland Mayor @tedwheeler declared February 19th, 2020 to be “Rip City Day” in honor of the phrase uttered by Bill Schonely that has brought Trail Blazers fans together for 50 years. 👏 pic.twitter.com/8qOSBLwVBY
— Portland Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) February 19, 2020
It’s officially Rip City Day in Portland! @trailblazers inspire us with their dedication to making a positive impact for the community and the environment. Go Blazers! #RipCity pic.twitter.com/t9Yak5gKIb
— Pacific Power OR (@PacificPower_OR) February 19, 2020
Rip city day BABBYYYYY
— Taylor Naron (@DajeUomo) February 19, 2020
— Portland Streetcar (@PDXStreetcar) February 19, 2020
— Portland Bureau of Transportation (@PBOTinfo) February 19, 2020
What time is it? It’s always @dame_lillard time, but it’s also time to recognize how much we love our @trailblazers! Today City Council proclaims it #RipCityDay in Portland and we want the #Blazers to know that they have our permission to always set the Moda Center on fire! pic.twitter.com/5AD7dnemwE
— Portland Fire&Rescue (@PDXFire) February 19, 2020