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.