Timbers Owner Dinged $25K For Berating Officials

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His name is Merritt Paulson. His name is Merritt Paulson. This comes from the POV of a casual viewer with only a marginal grasp on all the rules:

I would actually like to see a breakdown and analysis of all calls all season long for all teams. With a special emphasis on game-changing calls that are considered to have been botched or bad. A far better nerd than I am could crunch those numbers. It may just be my gut, but I wouldn't be surprised to see that the Timbers were actually getting the shaft, relative to other teams.

I watch games from around the league (I have the season pass and it's better than watching The Guild again). Refs set a completely different tone at other games. Though I don't imagine an actual conspiracy, I do question the ability of MLS coaches to do their job without bias.
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Did he pay the fine with our tax money, too?
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FC,

The league average is about 3.5 PK attempts per team to date. The outliers are Montreal on the high end (9 attempts) and Timbers on the low end. Some trends: middling teams with average followings have greater than average attempts (Houston, Dallas, Philly), the exception being San Jose, a good team with good attendance (albeit in a smaller stadium) with 7. Also interestingly, the three teams with the least are obviously the Timbers, Vancouver and Seattle each have one attempt. Perhaps theres a general NW bias and a balancing out effect in the more raucous stadiums in the league.
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"It's a good thing Timbers owner Merritt Paulson is just as flush"

You mean Daddy Henry Paulson's cash?
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What amuses me most about this whole episode is the fact that he watches games from his suite/box. In other words, this was in no way just a passionate fan who got carried away for a second and screamed at a ref before thinking about it. No, instead, this was someone sitting up in his suite, who actually had the planned out thought process of: "Hey, I know what sounds like a good idea. I'm gonna get up, head out the door, walk down the hall, wait for the elevator, get in, push the button for field level, wait a couple minutes for the slow-as-feck elevator, get in, ride it down, get out, walk down another hall, head out on the field, wait a few more minutes for the game to end... all so that I can show 'passion' by 'spontaneously' swearing at the refs just like that fan in the front row bursting a blood vessel about something that happened two seconds ago, not 5-10 minutes ago."