I’m not ready to talk about Gavin. I’m not qualified to talk about Gavin. I don’t want to talk about Gavin.
And yet, here I am: talking about Gavin. I’ll keep this short.
I asked someone about him a few days ago, a long-time Timbers supporter whose opinion I respect. He’s been here since the beginning (yes, 1975) and has seen the club through some difficult times. He remembers Gavin the player and Gavin the USL manager. And he said this:
Gavin’s in his twelfth year with the club. He should be a legend, but he isn’t.
That about sums it up, doesn’t it?
Gavin said some interesting (read:disturbing) things post-match. I can’t really criticize too much when he said there were guys out there who had quit. I’ve said the same over the last several months. Mostly, it just sounded like excuses to me. More damn excuses.
But the question posed on Twitter (you all know how I love Twitter) was this: after all these things Gavin’s said about his players, who among them really wants to play for him?
Well, guess what? They don’t just play for him.
They play for me. They play for us.
We love this team. We will continue to love this team. But we demand better than lackluster performances from a team we know is better than their record. And we demand that our manager answer for his own mistakes and make appropriate adjustments to ensure that they don’t become habits.
The rumor on Twitter is that any anti-Gavin tifo or statements will earn you a stadium ban. I don’t know if this is true but if it is, it will be just one more in a long line of poorly-considered decisions and I expect that the Timbers Army will rise up. We’ve been tested multiple times this season. I see no reason why this will be any different.
In the meantime, I still believe. Time is growing short for this team to turn a corner and make a full-on run into the playoffs. We beat Seattle, right? And San Jose? And SKC? I maintain that the possibility is still there. We just need to find and reclaim the spirit, the spark that will get us there.
Believe beyond reason. It is our calling.
“Love has a way of turning you inside out. Teasing you and leaving you anguished. And then, when it seems that hope and belief is all that’s left, love lifts you higher than ever before, allowing you to glimpse the dream. Never, ever give up. Believe beyond reason.”
That’s a little bit from Obi. Get used to seeing it. It’ll probably get dropped in here whenever I (think we) need a reminder.
July 22, 2012 at 10:57 am
great points. managers lose players, but those players still play for the club and should take pride in the kit they pull on. there have been many variations of this quote, but it is widely attributable to the greatest football captain to grace the grass, tony adams (i may be biased)–“play for the name on the front of the shirt, and they’ll remember the name on the back of the shirt.” more of that philosophy and attitude needs to be injected into this timber side.
July 22, 2012 at 11:16 am
It’s on us to do that. It’s on us to remind them why they’re here. Mount up.
July 22, 2012 at 2:00 pm
I love that quote above: “Play for the name on the front of the shirt, and they’ll remember the name on the back of the shirt.” That’s all I ask for from the Timbers. Play with some passion. Play like you love the game. Great stuff again here. This is becoming one of my favorite Timbers blogs.
July 23, 2012 at 1:05 pm
“He should be a legend here, but he isn’t.”
I will be quoting you, and I will be giving credit.
Also, not sure if you have made any progress with Alexander being a facebook wallflower, but I may have stepped it up today. Progress report to come….
July 23, 2012 at 5:08 pm
Wasn’t my quote. Came from one of my nameless OGs. But, please, feel free. I think it says everything that needs to be said. Economy of words, you know.
July 23, 2012 at 10:50 pm
And stay away from my boy. 😉