On the eve of our official introduction to Caleb Porter, I’m thinking about Sigi Schmid.
Trust me, no one is more dismayed by this than I am.
But here’s the thing: Sigi gets it. He’s a good coach, sure, but there’s more than that. There’s the showmanship, the trash talk, the (dare I say it) carefully-timed outbursts and the one thing about the Sounders organization of which I am jealous.
Sigi plays to the fanbase.
So, there it is. I want that.
I get the impression that Coach Porter may not be the smartass that Spenny was and that’s okay. As much as I miss the banter, I’d rather the new Timbers manager focused on the on-field result rather than the off-field insult if I have to choose between the two.
So, why is Sigi stuck in my head today?
Sigi wears the scarf. Their scarf.
While we’ve spent the last several months with our club being coached by a guy who could probably not care less about us, that nasty little fishing village to the north was coached by a guy who wears the scarf of his club’s largest supporters group.
I don’t expect good Mr. Porter to sport the TA scarf. I don’t expect him to come to our tailgates. I don’t expect him to troll with us on Twitter.
I just hope for a better relationship with him than the one we’ve been (not really) enjoying with his predecessor.
Welcome to Portland, Coach Porter.