It all adds up over time.
Losing to Cal FC wasn’t enough.
Losing Spenny wasn’t enough.
That 5-zip loss in Dallas wasn’t enough.
Trading Perkins wasn’t enough.
Watching what could have been one of this team’s biggest victories of the season slip away wasn’t enough.
None of that was enough.
As fans, as supporters, as members of the Timbers Army, we pride ourselves on always going to 11. We show up early. We wait in line for hours. We start singing hours before the match starts. We continue long after the final whistle is blown. Win, lose or draw. We do this out of love, pride, passion.
We travel thousands of miles to support this team. I saw a post somewhere that one of the traveling supporters on the current road swing through Toronto and New York will have logged 6,300 miles in support of this club.
We buy jerseys and t-shirts and I’m sure that someone somewhere even bought one of those dumbass monkey things.
We memorize every stat, even the ones we find meaningless. We rewatch every game, sometimes three, four times. We show up for reserves, U23s, U20s. Whichever squad is playing, wherever they’re playing, we’re there.
And, because of all of this, because of the passion we have for this team and the culture that’s risen around it, we are idiots.
Except those of us who are morons.
Idiots and morons.
Those are the words that Merritt has chosen for us.
I don’t even…
I’ve been one of the ones defending him for longer than I care to admit. I admired his passion, I have enjoyed his interaction with supporters. Who didn’t follow the Wynalda-Twitter-trainwreck drama?
But I think I’m done now.
Merritt, Gavin has to go.
And you need to apologize, loudly and publicly, to all of us.
There’s a Cascadia Cup match on the other side of this week. We, the idiots and morons, will be ready. Will you?