There’s a new blog in town, the Portland Sportsman which aspires to provide a new form of independent coverage to match the city’s vibrant sporting scene. From backyard tournaments to major-league stadia, we strive to capture the enthusiasm and creativity of athletic Portland at every level. In a post published yesterday Zach Dundas has surely captured the enthusiasm and creativity of the Portland Timbers fandom. Here is an excerpt:
Much has been said about the machinations behind the expansion process: some informed criticism; some informed defense; much blather from the usual local know-nothings. Less has been said about what elevation to MLS means for the vibrant, homegrown micro-culture of the Timbers and the broader metropolitan culture of Portland. Leaving aside the gnarly financial and political details, the Timbers’ rise caps a remarkable little episode in local history, and begins a new one. For those of us who have followed the team, to one degree or another, since its modern-day launch in 2001, it’s an emotional moment. Yes, we’re going up. What does it mean?
Read the rest: The Town Team: The Timbers, Portland, The Future
Over at the redoubtable Loaded Orygun, Torrid Joe discusses with city commissioner Randy Leonard the MLS deal, in particular the machinations of the Trailblazers and county commissioner Wheeler. Leonard also displays wisdom with regards to the predictable diatribes of some local bloggers and the majority of commenters on local news site, or at least that’s how I interpreted this:
I just learned in the business that I do, that there’s a small, vocal group of people who get up every morning angry. And when they’re angry about something, you’re not going to talk them out of it. If you answer that question, then they’ll have another and another, and it doesn’t end.
More: Randy Leonard Talks MLS, Blazers, Wheeler w/ Loaded O. The interview audio is available to download too.