Portland Timbers Provide Todays Proof That The World Isnt All Bad

Portland Timbers Provide Todays Proof That The World Isnt All Bad

Aside from the fact that the Portland Timbers play in the same league
as the Philadelphia Union, this post has nothing to do with our fair
city. But that doesn’t mean it’s not worth your time.

In a story that won’t get much attention on SportsCenter (but
should), the Timbers and their fans — the Timbers Army — made an
8-year-old boy’s dream come true on Wednesday.

As is well-summarized in this Soccer By Ives story,
8-year-old Atticus was getting treatment for cancer and was given a few
option from the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Maybe a dream vacation, or to
meet his favorite celebrity.


No, Atticus wanted to play with his friends from his soccer team, the
Green Machine, who supported him while he missed the end of the season
due to treatment. He wanted to play a game with the Timbers. The team
pulled out all the stops.

The game just wrapped up at Portland’s beautiful Jeld-Wen Field,
where fans were invited to come (free admission) and commemorative
scarves were even created. The turnout is apparently incredible,
especially when you consider it’s noon (West Coast time) on a Wednesday.

Union fans (and all MLS fans) like to mock the Pacific Northwest
teams for pretending they invented soccer fandom. But today, none of
that. 3,000 people to make this kid’s day, week, month, year and life.
Much respect.

As adults, we mock our sports teams, rip our owners and coaches, and
laugh at the price of parking spots. But while it sounds cliche, let’s
remember how one small gesture from a kid’s favorite team can create a
moment he’ll remember forever. Get well soon Atticus, I speak for many
when I say I hope you had a great time today.

By the way, The Green Machine won, 9-8.

Awesome.


You'll love Dario Saric even more after watching him on PST's Quick 6

You'll love Dario Saric even more after watching him on PST's Quick 6

We love you, Dario Saric.

For you being you, and not just a significant part of the Sixers' process.

And if you don't enjoy the Croatian Sensation, you most certainly will after watching him open up during a fun game of "Quick Six" on CSN's Philly Sports Talk.

From orange juice and beer, to his gluteus and T.J. McConnell's hair, Saric discussed plenty.

The questions had him feeling all over the place. But he was terrific.

Dario Saric, Philadelphia Sixers, Philadelphia 76ers, Philly Sports Talk

For the full video, watch above.

Steve Mason rediscovers himself in New York just before Flyers return

Steve Mason rediscovers himself in New York just before Flyers return

It had been a while since Steve Mason saw himself.

Walking into the Barclays Center on Sunday, the Flyers’ goalie was 0-6-2 with a 4.03 goals-against average and .844 save percentage over his last 10 appearances (see more recent Flyers numbers and stats).

A far cry from how Mason truly sees himself in net.

But heading into Wednesday’s rivalry clash with the Rangers, Mason will have something to build on, something he couldn’t say since Dec. 21 — the last time he had earned a victory. He’s fresh off his first win in over a month, a gigantic one for Mason considering all the key moments on Sunday the Flyers hope invigorate his confidence.

Without numerous clutch stops from their goalie, the Flyers don’t come back from two goals down to beat the Islanders, 3-2, in overtime. Mason made four saves  — three on four-time All-Star John Tavares — in just over a minute of a third-period power play. The Flyers ended up having to kill two New York man advantages in the final 10 minutes of regulation in order to force overtime.

The extra session is when Mason was just as good, if not better, stoning Tavares on a breakaway attempt that had game-winner written all over it. Mason made four saves in overtime after 13 in the third period.

“I was happy with the way that, personally, this game went for myself,” Mason said Sunday. “It’s been a tough stretch and this is more the type of game that I expect of myself. In recent games, the team was lacking the big saves and tonight it shows what kind of difference it can make.”

It was a massive performance heading into a massive three-game stretch against the Rangers, Maple Leafs and Hurricanes.

“Mase made some huge saves for us,” Simmonds said. “It allowed us to get back in that game.

“It’s not just Mase [with the] ups and downs. Everyone in here has been kind of fighting it and squeezing sticks pretty tight. That one felt good and I think Mase led the charge for sure.”

Mason understands just one game doesn’t turn around a season.

“It’s nice to feel good after a game,” Mason said. “At the same time, whether you’re winning or losing, you have to have a short mindset and get ready for the next one.”

That brings the Flyers to Madison Square Garden Wednesday to face the Rangers, who they’ve lost five straight games to dating back to last season. Mason hasn’t had much luck against New York this season, allowing seven goals in two losses with an .860 save percentage. However, in 2015-16, Mason put up a 1.74 goals-against average and .941 save percentage in five games against the Rangers.

“That’s going to be a tough game going into MSG,” Mason said Tuesday (see story).

The good thing: Mason was in New York two days ago, remembering what he can be.