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  • 02/21/2011 11:35 PM | 107ist Admin (Administrator)
    by Lucas Grzybowski

    Greetings, Timbers Army!

    Some of you may know me as the short furry guy with the knitting, some of you may know me as the stadium renovation pics guy, and some of you may not know or care who I am. Nonetheless! My name is Lucas and I will be blogging for this gorgeous new website.

    Don't expect hardcore soccerhead stuff from me: the extent of my ability to analyze a soccer match is about as acute as Jimmy Buzzard's. From me you will get less talk of formations and tactics, and more "Taka is dreamy and I want to kiss him on the mouth" type of stuff. Without further AduEduado, welcome to my first post, and first in a series I plan to pursue in chronicling the USL Timbers Era, as remembered by me (I started coming to games in 2004, so apologies in advance for the lack of Chugger Adair stories).

    The Sunshine Goal

    This is one of the most emotionally intense memories I have connected to a sporting event, and perhaps in any context.

    It was late August, 2004, and Timber Jim's first game back after the passing of his daughter Hannah. The Timbers were locked in a tight game with Milwaukee Wave United (don't laugh, it was a real team). It was a hot day. Emotions were running high. A win would clinch the Timbers' first A-League Commissioner's Cup, a draw would send 8,000 drunks home surly and frustrated.

    I'd been sort of distracted all game, thinking about Timber Jim and what he must have been going through. When he ascended atop the dugout late in the 2nd half, holding a little girl in his arms, I recognized that it was his granddaughter Keiana and began to get choked up. When he began leading us in our very first rendition of "You Are My Sunshine" (Hannah's favorite song to sing to Keiana), there were tears in my eyes. Somehow I managed to snap this picture, right before IT happened:

    While we were singing, with Jim and Keiana standing right there as living breathing testaments to everything that makes the Timbers Army a true Family, along comes super-sub Fadi Afash, who settles a cross from One-T and cool as you like puts in a back-heel goal from seven yards out. Bedlam. Chaos. Instant Legend. Love. Love. Love. Timbers win the game, the league, and a permanent place in my psyche.

    Watch the Sunshine Goal on Sunshine Scarf image courtesy of Tim Chamberlin.
  • 02/21/2011 2:26 PM | 107ist Admin (Administrator)

    —by Dave Hoyt

    A team, built on star power and pushed forward on the belief of their own inevitable, never-ending popularity, suddenly starts to deflate. The newness wore off, the expectations built into the marketing were never met, and within two seasons attendance had been nearly cut in half - within four it had been nearly quartered. Familiarity breeds contempt, and once people grew accustomed to having the team around, they lost interest. What they swore was passion turned out to be just a passing fancy.

    It's become a common trope for soccer outsiders to warn of the impending doom of MLS due to the demise of the NASL, specifically using the Cosmos as the fuse of destruction. Don Garber and the rest of MLS management have instituted a very conservative and steady approach to the growth of MLS, making most insiders believe a repeat of the NASL implosion is impossible. But have all the lessons been learned?

    Much will be made of the rivalry between the Timbers and the Sounders this season. Already we see people haggling over the definitions of words such as "authentic", "manufactured", "customer", and "history". I can only tell you what I see.

    Since the Sounders joined MLS in 2009, season ticket sales appear to have become the standard benchmark by which fans are supposed to be measured. It wasn't enough to have a good crowd, maybe even fill your stadium, and create an atmosphere that inspired your players to perform beyond their capabilities. Now you're not a real fan unless you plunk down plenty of money up front. I wouldn't blame you if you thought that was taking fandom out of the stands and into a boardroom.

    Typical fan demands like reasonable ticket prices were replaced by justifying why your team closed off part of their stadium to artificially boost demand. The right to let individuals create their own game day experience was replaced by pride that everyone is wearing the same shirt and can chant along to one of the two chants being piped in through overhead speakers. A determination to keep the history of your club alive replaced by a rote recitation of trophies won or a steadfast denial that anything mattered pre-2009, depending on the argument.

    Instead, fans are soothed, for the time being, by the team winning. Expectations were set when two of their first four signings were Kasey Keller and Freddie Ljungberg. Now they are one of only two teams in the league to carry three Designated Players. Losing embarrassingly to the Timbers in their Charity Shield match in 2010 was mitigated by winning the US Open Cup. The Timbers were not invited to challenge for the Charity Shield in 2011. Maybe more embarrassingly, they publicly made known they felt they were due refunds after suffering the indignity of watching their team lose at home to a superior side. An utter inability to score goals at home have doomed their playoff chances.

    So have they learned their lessons from NASL or are they setting themselves up for a similar fall? Listen to one of their supporters and you'll hear an endless stream of boasts about crowd size and minor trophies won. What you will strain to hear is talk about a budding, real culture. You'll rarely hear them talk about what they want to build for the future. You won't hear anything recognizing the accomplishments and history of the league and other clubs.

    So when pundits talk about the rivalries between our clubs and the shared success of our launches, know that the real story lies in what's not being written. We built up our fans one by one, loving the club and making real contributions to who and what we are today. We will support our team win or lose. We will pay respect to those who came before us and those who didn't get the chance to be where we are today. We will always stay true to ourselves and each other. And that has made all the difference.

  • 02/19/2011 2:02 PM | 107ist Admin (Administrator)

    —by Garrett Dittfurth

    So how does everyone like the re-launched webpage after giving it a spin for a week? Among the other things we added this here blog and they’ve gone and given a few of us the keys to it. I bet you’re wondering how this is all going to turn out. The answer is that it’s largely up to you. We might have match reports at some point but that’s not really the idea. This is the going to be a collection of posts put together by the Timbers Army as a whole. We want submissions from you to complement the posts from our team of highly skilled bloggers who I control like marione…nevermind. They’re very good.

    Submissions can be about anything you want but keep in mind this is the blog of the Timbers Army. Let’s try and keep submissions related to the Timbers, Timbers Army, or soccer in general.

    To start…how about Hajduk Split supporters celebrating their first 100 years?

  • 02/10/2011 10:11 PM | 107ist Admin (Administrator)

    Today MLS finally released its 2011 schedule! Here is an update on our away travel plans for Seattle in May as well as for the rest of the season.

    As you are no doubt aware, the Seattle Front Office has limited Timbers supporters to 500 away tickets for the match at Qwest in May. The good news is that the Timbers Front Office has agreed to pass the entire 500 allotment to the 107ist for distribution.

    We know that demand is going to be high for tickets to this match, so we have attempted to craft a policy that we feel is fair and provides for the maximum number of people to travel while also adhering to the new Cascadia travel policies that have been mandated.

    Once tickets become available we will be sending out an email to every member with advance notice of the on-sale date/time and a personalized link to the purchase page.

    The policies for Seattle Away ticketing are as follows:

    1. You must be a 107ist member to buy a ticket
    2. Each member will be allowed to buy one ticket per 107ist membership*
    3. Because you must be on a bus to get into the stadium, you must purchase a bus and ticket package together**
    4. If you wish to transfer a ticket to someone else, we will require the full name and contact information of that individual

    *First come first served, as long as supplies last.

    **There will be a family-friendly bus for this match. If you are unable to take the bus due to geographical restrictions, please email us BEFORE the tickets go on sale.

    In addition to offering a bus and ticketing package for Seattle away, 107ist will be aiming to organize travel to the following matches:

    • Colorado - Sat, Mar 19 - Tickets available here: Colorado Away
    • Chicago - Sat, Jul 16
    • San Jose - Sat, Aug 6th
    • New York - Sat, Sept 24
    • Vancouver - Sun, Oct 2
    • Salt Lake - Sat, Oct 22

    More information about these will be coming soon!


    Your Away Travel Team – Jeremy, Joanne, Abe, Scott and Rob.

  • 01/24/2011 2:00 PM | 107ist Admin (Administrator)

    For a cold off-season day in January, Saturday the 29th is gonna be one busy afternoon!

    After all, you won’t want to miss the 107ist General Membership Meeting, scheduled for noon that day at the Bagdad Theater on Hawthorne Blvd.

    And you certainly won’t want to miss the PGE Park Community Tour. Presented by Papa Murphy’s, the tour is open to all season ticket holders, beginning at 12 and 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 29.

    Oh, wait …

    NOT TO WORRY! We at the 107ist have you covered. We’re already making arrangements for a stadium tour open exclusively to 107ist members.

    This will take place sometime in February or March, by which time the newly remodeled home of The Greatest Football Supporters The World Has Ever Seen will have even more shiny good newness to inspect.

    In other words, 107ist members and future members can have their cake and frosting too.

    We'll have more information very soon!

  • OPB

    12/21/2010 9:50 AM | 107ist Admin (Administrator)

    The Timbers Army has volunteered at Oregon Public Broadcasting television and radio membership drives, taking pledges, answering questions and getting to know the public broadcasting community. In 2008, the Timbers Army was recognized by OPB for their fund raising efforts with a listing in the Top 10 Call-Out Fundraisers list.

  • 09/02/2010 9:54 AM | 107ist Admin (Administrator)

    2010 Yesterday, Today, Forever versus Puerto Rico.

  • 09/02/2010 9:52 AM | 107ist Admin (Administrator)

    2010 Sunflower against Puerto Rico

  • 06/30/2010 9:56 AM | 107ist Admin (Administrator)

    2010 USOC Card Display against the Seattle Sounders.  USOC Round 3rd Round.

  • 05/25/2010 9:58 AM | 107ist Admin (Administrator)

    2010 Kings of Cascadia overhead against Vancouver Whitecaps.

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