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As promised

As promised

Right. I said I was going to post an irrational response to Sunshine’s piece on TheAxePDX this morning.

Honestly, I don’t know that I have the energy. There’s just too much.

There was a brief back and forth earlier today on Twitter about the likelihood that the second-year curse will hit Caleb Porter as it did John Spencer.
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It won’t, though the wheels on the bus were rolling even before Porter landed in Portland. We all remember that coaching-from-afar thing, right? And the upgrade? And the starting XI for Seattle away in 2012 when so many of us raged?

Yeah. This is where crazy me gets all conspiracy-theory-y about things.

Gavin made some choices (let’s chalk that up to Gavin being Gavin) that weren’t the right choices because, well, Gavin. And Porter was brought in to clean things up a little. And now more choices have been made, but things aren’t going according to plan.

So, now what?

At some point, regardless of who brought who in (which ones are still Spenny’s guys?), the players on the field have to actually play the game and, ideally, look like they know what they’re doing.

Seriously, I’m tired. images

I’m tired of low highs and high lows and I want to see this team play with some intensity. They say they want to win, but I want them to want to win as much as I want them to win.

There was a point in the Thorns season last year when it appeared to many of us as if the Thorns themselves had taken over coaching the team. I don’t know what went on behind the scenes, but the course of the season changed and the ladies ended up lifting a trophy.

I’m not advocating a full-scale rebellion for this Timbers side, but if things aren’t going the way they need to be going in order for this team to reach its lofty potential, I expect to see a little more anger, a little more frustration, a little more passion.

Eight games in. Five points. Five ties. It’s just not good enough.

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Speaking go ties: go get one, learn to tie a nifty half-Windsor or fancy knot of your choice, and wear it Saturday. It doesn’t change the team’s record, or increase their sense of urgency on the field, but if we’re going to be the Team at the Bottom of the Table, we may as well have a good laugh.

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Posted by on April 30, 2014 in Timbers

 

I remember this feeling.

A loss, another loss. Closed practices. Rumors. Then the reality.

And then the ensuing fire. At the time, is was a feisty Scot striking out at a ridiculous suggestion. I read the accounts and I couldn’t stop smiling.

This time, the fire was less a blaze and more of a slow smolder, a building flame. Steady, but growing. And again, I’m left with this ridiculous grin.

Here. Go watch this.

Take a minute. Think it through. There’s a lot there to chew on.

Then go watch this.

We’re in the middle of a derby week that, to me anyway, hasn’t felt much like a derby week. With the concern over suspensions and injuries and whatever else might come up, I’ve had a hard time mustering the energy to get riled up.

Thankfully, Caleb Porter is on the job. For someone who professes a preference for keeping the highs low and the lows high, he seemed to go a little off-script today. It wasn’t much, but it was enough.

Enough to take swings at MLS, PRO Referees and, tangentially, Jurgen Klinsmann, Clint Dempsey, and all of Seattle.

Bless his heart. I could not be happier. Someone please run an Ancestry.com search on him and tell me how far back the Scots are in his family tree.

Credit to Jamie Goldberg on those links. She does good work.

 
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Posted by on April 1, 2014 in Timbers

 

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