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My Blogroll part 9: Football (meaning soccer)

I’ve been a heavy user of RSS since the beginning of feed readers, starting with netvibes, then on to bloglines, and for the past many years, Google Reader. In the right sidebar I have a closely curated list of my favorite websites, but those are by no means the totality of my blogroll. I’ve decided to share my blogroll, topic by topic, so people know which content I try to shove in my mind-grapes on a regular basis.

next up: Football (soccer)!!!

I’ve been a die-hard fan of the Portland Timbers for many years, and I regret the few years I was in Portland but wasn’t a fan. While I’ll happily watch a match from any corner of the world, I don’t follow any team but the Timbers closely. However, being an American footie fan is a bit more complicated because we have to, for lack of a better phrase, root for the sport in general. I keep up on the MLS, lower leagues in the US and the US Men’s National Team players wherever they are. The United States is lucky to have a pile of excellent Football writers as well, so check it out!
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Huzzah!  The only obstacle left is whether the Great Firewall and my internet connection are going to let me watch the mighty mighty PTFC.

Hi Mr. Witkowicz

I’m sure you get tons of email regarding the status of USL Live for next season, but I just relocated from Portland to Shanghai China, and I’m now very interested in USL Live for the 2009 season.  Missing an occasional away game didn’t used to bother me, but now I can’t go to the home games!

What is the current status of USL Live for next year?  Will you be up and running for the 2009 season? My Timbers games depend on you!


He got back to me!

Hi Mark –

Greetings from halfway across the world! Just to give you a little background… USL Live was operated by PlayOn! – a division of Turner Broadcasting.  The division opened in 2007, however, Turner Broadcasting made the decision during this past season to close their PlayOn! division effective at the end of the 2008 campaign. PlayOn! was created as sort of a testing grounds for their technology and we were brought on board for this purpose. Basically, it left us in open water trying to find a replacement service, which we are in the final stages of doing. I cannot confirm all preseason matches will be covered due to the turnaround time but regular season games are on.

We’ll most likely keep the same domain name as we’ve built a brand with USL Live. I’ll let you know what we come up with. Any questions let me know.

Seth Witkowicz
United Soccer Leagues


rants and raves

Rant: Fucking Timbers. They’re playing like they’re two goals up when they’re two goals down.

Rave: little piggy Give-away that gave the Army ammunition to pelt the Puerto Rico Goalkeeper who shook his nuts at us.

Rant: Fucking Timbers.

Rave: Bringing tourists into the Army who had fun despite the look of deep sadness on the faces of people around us (including me)

Rant: Fucking guy behind me who decided that IN MY BEER was the appropriate place to deposit his peanut shells. Yes they were under my seat, but fuckin think! I have bruises on my kneecaps after games because of the seats in the row in front of me. We put the beer in the safest possible place.


Rave: nah, I’m out.

Rant: Fucking Timbers.

admission: yeah… I’ll be there on Tuesday.

Belated independence day huzzah

I had a pretty good independence day, including leading a bike tour for some PDX noobs, giving directions to I5 to a folksy father and son team from small town Oklahoma, and preceded by a great friendly match between the Timbers and a Monarcas De Morelia, a vastly superior team. Friendlies are great because they bring out fans that haven’t been to Timbers games, and some of them come back and join the TA or become regular fans.

So, belatedly, and keeping with the two non-food themes of this website, here are two renditions of our whacky national anthem:

one by the only person who could possibly pull an early 80s funk version (Mr. Marvin Gaye)

And, well, me and about 2000 other people.

Timbers Army Sings National Anthem — 5/24/08 from Shawn Levy on Vimeo

the mic cut out for the group of wee children who were supposed to sing the anthem, so the Army stepped in and belted it out.