pick 5

By: timbersfan, 7:50 AM GMT on May 28, 2014

Magic 5, Oscar 4, Isaiah 3, Stockton 2, Frazier 1

Jordan 5, Kobe, West, Clyde, Wade

LeBron, Bird, Erving, Durant, Pippen

Malone, Barkley, Duncan, Nowitzki, KG

Kareem, Russell, Wilt, Shaq, Olajuwon

The Weekend Never Starts Around Here: The MLS Almanac

By: timbersfan, 11:58 PM GMT on April 26, 2014

There’s always a game on. A few years back, the Guardian ran a tongue-in-cheek preemptive campaign to “Stop Football” during what, at the time, was quaintly referred to as the offseason. If you follow MLS, the idea of an offseason is just adorable, but a rather moot concept according to the non-FIFA calendar under which the league operates. It means I’m simultaneously enjoying the fresh-cut-grass optimism/denial of a new season while mentally distancing myse...

Bendita Camino: Why I Love Atletico Madrid

By: timbersfan, 11:57 PM GMT on April 26, 2014

I ambled into a random bar near the center of the Spanish capital on September 18, 2005, looking to catch Atletico Madrid, which was hosting Barcelona at Vicente Calderon Stadium in a Sunday nightcap.

There was a television bolted in the upper-left corner of the room, and rarely did eyes stray from it. It was standing room only in this old man’s bar. There were men who were born during the Spanish Civil War; men who were born to parents who lived throug...

Premier League Takeaways: New Everton, Old Arsenal, and Jozy Altidore Becomes Suddenl

By: timbersfan, 11:57 PM GMT on April 26, 2014

Another week, another shocking result in the Premier League, as the teams enter the home stretch, approach the sharp end of the season, and otherwise cliché their way toward season’s end on May 11. This weekend had lots of results we all expected and one we really, really didn’t. So, as we look for some takeaways, there’s really only one place to start.

The Adventures of Jose and Jozy

The idea that Jozy Altidore might materially impact t...

The Designated Player: A Tale of Two Red Bulls Seasons, and News on the Soccer Stadiu

By: timbersfan, 11:56 PM GMT on April 26, 2014

The Only Way Is Up (or Down) for Red Bulls

New York Red Bulls did what they’ve been threatening to do all season, and hammered a team 4-0 on Wednesday night. Houston Dynamo were the hapless victims — thanks to a master class by Thierry Henry, and Houston’s own continuing woes in front of goal (319 minutes without scoring, as it stands).

A couple weeks ago, before a 1-0 defeat at RFK Stadium, I’d asked one of the regular fan reps for the...

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