The Timbers & MLS were something I peripherally followed and was genuinely happy that existed until a few years ago. Not that I would attend a game or cough up some cash to promote American Airlines or anything, but glad there was a fringe sport this city of freaks ( that is if liking Star Wars an awful lot makes you a freak) had to call their own.
I too can identity with being obsessed with a fringe sport...hockey.You know soccer on ice -only faster and with more beer and fighting and less flopping. Ok in most places hockey is way more "normal" to be into than soccer, but in PDX more people understand what yellow cards mean over the goalie trapezoid. There is no real NHL presence in the Pacific Northwest so Winterhawk games are kind of like a United Nations summit on hockey. Go to one and you will see jerseys from Dynamo Moscow to the Owen Sound Attack sprinkled in with a sea of Redwing and Winterhawk gear.
The Timbers Army have a night where they all sit in the same section, which in theory is awesome because Timber fans seem to be the best fans in the MLS. In fact they are such good fans they still root for their team even when attending an entirely DIFFERENT sport. That's right. They are singing their " No pity" songs as if Donovan Ricketts was in goal instead of Mac Carruth. They are decked out in Timbers gear doing Timbers Army traditions to dismay of the Ice Hockey fans in the Rose Garden ( because there is no way the Vet would be good enough for them.)
It kinda dawned on me when they were singing one of their songs after THE OTHER TEAM SCORED that the Timbers Army is more about them getting attention then the actual sporting event they are attending. It's like no matter what was happening they had to remind us all " Hey we are here and we love the TIMBERS even at a hockey game, and you little pissants are lucky to hear our new cheers.!" Does it cross anyone's mind how condescending behavior like that may come off? IBM goes to a shit load of these games too, but you don't seem them laying people off during "TNT"or the kiss cam.
Timbers Army leave the green scarves at home and take up the black ( and red) on hockey night. We hockey fans are an ugly bunch but it makes our day to explaining icing to a new fan. Go with the flow and leave the swimming upstream for another night. We are happy to have you but its hard to respect another persons freakish obsession when they do not seem to have much respect for yours.
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