AAAUGH stop it stop it stop it enough with the sports columnists stumping for new stadiums and arenas oh god here’s another one:
There are a lot of things that might be said on Sunday as the local Major League Soccer championship franchise raises its title banner. But with so many people standing outside, looking in, one has to be, “Can we move this party to a bigger room?!?”
I’m saying it. Not the Portland Timbers. It’s a delicate discussion given that the city, not the Timbers, owns the stadium. But it’s one that needs to happen.
Check that out: The MLS champion Portland Timbers aren’t demanding a new stadium, and in fact are just in year five of a 25-year lease for a stadium that just got a $40 million renovation, most of it at taxpayer expense. And the city isn’t talking about it either, as the column goes on to make clear:
“I can’t remember hearing a darned thing about it,” said commissioner Steve Novick.
Well, here we go then. The lid is officially blown off.
I have seen a lot of journalism in my day, but never before have I seen a columnist take credit for a scoop on information that he admittedly concocted in his own brain. Congratulations, John Canzano and the Oregonian, you have reached a new low, which is impressive given the competition.