I’m not going to defend Pa Modou Kah’s challenge on Eddie Johnson in Sunday’s game. The replay has firmly planted me in the shoulda-been-a-red camp.
Kah is a force to be reckoned with. We knew this from the get-go. Even in his first couple matches in Ponderosa green, he seemed to be just barely in control. If I remember correctly, he picked up a yellow in his first outing for the Timbers. He plays right on the edge. And he’s good.
A friend today used the word “precious” to describe how US fans treat national team players. And I think it’s the way a lot of us treat our Timbers.
We expect them to be nice, polite, gentlemanly. And then we get upset when they get knocked around. And they get knocked around because they’re nice, polite, gentlemanly.
But times, they are a’ changin’.
Bring on Kah.
Bring on Kah not for his string of yellow cards and challenges that many have called reckless.
Bring on Kah because he isn’t going to take any crap from anyone.
I miss Boyd. Boyd didn’t take crap from anyone. He didn’t suffer fools. He did this:
And Kah, with slightly less finesse, did this:
Different style, same message. We’re not going to take your crap. Don’t be a diva. Get up and play the game.
Oh, right. I was going to say a few words about Clint Dempsey. Nah, I don’t have to. Kah already did.