Authored by: Steph Nova (@stefnoves)
Steph offers up her opinions on chanting in the North End. This editorial represents the views of Steph Nova, and may or may not represent the opinion of the Timbers Army, the 107ist, or its board of directors.
“Hey, Portland Timbers- We salute you!”
This is what the players hear as they come onto the pitch, the din of the Timbers Army behind them, singing in full voice. But I’ve noticed something a bit different lately- people are ad-libbing a bit. And it’s kind of distressing.
The idea of the Timbers Army, as I’ve been told, is that we’re here to support PTFC. Support generally means positive, enthusiastic cheering for the good guys in green, but recently I’ve noticed a lot more negativity from the North End. I dunno if it’s new people coming in, folks getting mad at the lackluster results the Timbers have provided all season, or just a misunderstanding of the game. The loudest chants coming from us this season seem to be “Fuck you, Ref!”, really any line with profanity in it, and hollering “dodgy keeper!” at fellas who are keeping embarrassingly clean sheets against PTFC.
The most obnoxious one in my view, though- how we’re starting matches off without “We salute you.” The rise of people chanting “Hey, Portland Timbers- Fuck Seattle!” is shameful as hell. People are chanting that when we're up against any team, not just SSFC and it’s weird. Sure, there’s a few “Fuck [Rival team of the day here]”, but way too many people are hollering about Seattle every chance they get.
Not only are these people proving the ECS right when they claim that the Timbers Army is “obsessed” with them, but it takes away encouragement for the guys we’re ostensibly there for- and that’s totally against the point of what we’re supposed to do.
Think about what kind of supporters you want to be for this final home match (…of the regular season, at least). Sure, there’s no “right” way to support, but do you really want to be the jerk yelling about our rivals when we could be celebrating another season with our beloved, mighty PTFC?