Timbers vs. Sounders; Sugerman vs. Sitcov: A win

My dear friend and Seattle-based colleague, Steve Sitcov, is a great guy. But as with all great and heroic types, he suffers a fatal flaw. And his fatal flaw is that he is a diehard fan of the Seattle Sounders Football Club. (I am putting a link only to show that I can be fair and evenhanded. The Sounders deserve no link love.)

I, on the other hand, am a totally committed fan of the greatest soccer team in the Northwest, if not all of North America, the Portland Timbers.  As the whole world knows–and by “whole world,” I mean fan-boys and -girls who live and breathe MLS soccer–our teams meet in the playoffs in the first round.

I’m not sure who exactly started the trash talking, but bets were laid this morning. Bets for the good, I might add.

Here is the deal. If (when, really) the Timbers win, Steve must donate $100 to the charity of my choosing. I chose Street Roots here in Portland because I am a total fan of how they go about publishing news and working on the issues of homelessness and poverty. Should the Sounders somehow manage to vanquish the much-loved Timbers, Steve has designated National Multiple Sclerosis Society to take my $100.

No doubt Steve and I will razz each other mercilessly over the course of the next 10 days, as our teams square off in their home-and-home, two-game series.  Regardless of the outcome, I will always love Steve even with his whole misguided Sounders thing.

David Sugerman

And we have a winner

Congratulations to Candice Aiston who won the Timbers tickets in our drawing. Reached today by phone, she sounded surprised: She claims that she never wins anything. Now it’s up to Candice to cheer the Timbers on to victory. (Don’t blow it, kiddo. We’re counting on you!)

Our fabulous Portland Timbers ticket giveaway contest

So this is it. Two home games left for the Portland Timbers’ inaugural Major League Soccer season, and we want to use the opportunity to thank readers of our blog and Facebook and Twitter friends by doing a totally random drawing.

We’re giving away two tickets to the Timbers match Wednesday, September 21, 2011, 7.30 pm at Jeld-Wen field.

The rules are pretty simple.

1. You have to like us on Facebook at our law firm Facebook page; and

2. You have to send us an email using the contact information from this web page or the Facebook page to let us know you’re in.

Deadline: You have to have hit the like button on Facebook, and we have to receive your email by Tues. Sept. 20, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. Pacific. We’ll conduct the drawing and announce the winners between noon and 1:00 pm Tuesday and make arrangements to get tickets to the lucky winner before the Wednesday match.

Imagined FAQs:

1. There’s a catch, right? No. Someone will get the tickets.

2. Who are the Timbers? (aka the @AmyDerby question) This is definitely not for you. Last match–Friday night–against New England was awesome. There are only two more home matches this season, and there aren’t a lot of spare tickets out there. They’re in the playoff hunt, and Portland loves the Timbers.

3. These are dawg seats? Seriously? It’s the Timbers at Jeld-Wen, which means there are no bad seats. And by the way, these are club level, Section C5, Row I. There is a separate entrance for KeyBank club ticket holders, a roof in case of rain, and–if that’s not enough–free food, including Voodoo doughnuts at the end of the match.

4. And you’re doing this because? Good question. I would blame it on the kids in the social media department, but we have no social media department. Truth is that I can’t make the game. We wanted to do something for people who read our blog and follow us using social media.

#RCTID. Good luck to all!