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.


Best of NHL: Penguins beat Panthers in Sidney Crosby's debut

Best of NHL: Penguins beat Panthers in Sidney Crosby's debut

PITTSBURGH -- Sidney Crosby scored in his season debut as the Pittsburgh Penguins rallied to beat the Florida Panthers 3-2 on Tuesday night.

Crosby, who scored on a power play, missed the team's first six games with a concussion. Carl Hagelin and Eric Fehr also scored for the Penguins, who extended a seven-game unbeaten streak against the Panthers.

Marc-Andre Fleury, who has started the first seven games of the season for Pittsburgh, stopped 20 shots. Matt Murray, who backstopped the Penguins to a Stanley Cup in June, served as the backup to Fleury after missing the first six games with a broken hand.

Reilly Smith scored a power-play goal and Mark Pysyk also scored for the Panthers, who have lost 11 of 12 against the Penguins in Pittsburgh.

James Reimer made 19 saves in his second start of the season (see full recap).

Kings top Blue Jackets in overtime
LOS ANGELES -- Alec Martinez scored 1:14 into overtime, and the Los Angeles Kings rallied to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 Tuesday night for their third straight victory.

Drew Doughty scored the tying goal with 5:57 left in regulation for the Kings, who won their third straight overtime game after an 0-3-0 start to the season. Captain Anze Kopitar also scored, and third-string goalie Peter Budaj stopped 19 shots in his third consecutive win.

Cam Atkinson scored a tiebreaking power-play goal late in the second period, and Sergei Bobrovsky made 27 saves for Columbus. Brandon Saad also scored for the Jackets, who had won two straight after an 0-2-0 start.

Martinez ended it by putting a rebound into an open net for the defenseman's second goal of the season (see full recap).

Lightning strike for seven goals in win
TORONTO -- Steven Stamkos matched a career-high with four points -- two goals and two assists -- and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 7-3 on Tuesday night.

Frederik Andersen gave up seven goals on only 24 shots, the third time in five starts he has allowed at least five goals and fourth time he's allowed four or more. The 27-year-old has an .851 save percentage so far this season.

Alex Killorn, Victor Hedman, Nikita Kucherov, Vladislav Namestnikov and Jonathan Drouin added goals for Tampa Bay, while Ben Bishop made 40 saves.

William Nylander, James van Riemsdyk and Auston Matthews scored for the Maple Leafs, who outshot the Lightning 43-24 (see full recap).

Report: Eagles make inquiry about Bears WR Alshon Jeffery

Report: Eagles make inquiry about Bears WR Alshon Jeffery

The Eagles could be looking for a bigger name outside.

In need of a deep threat — and reportedly in talks about a trade for 49ers wideout Torrey Smith — the Eagles are interested in Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery and attempting to make a move for the 2013 Pro Bowler, according to a report Tuesday night by Benjamin Allbright of Mile High Sports Radio.

We followed up with Allbright, who clarified the Eagles simply made an inquiry.

Jeffery, much more of a do-it-all, dynamic wide receiver than the one-dimensional Smith, is 26 years old and can become a free agent at season's end. He'll warrant good money, but would make the Eagles better in more ways than one compared to Smith.

The 6-foot-3, 218-pounder put up 89 catches for 1,421 yards and seven touchdowns in 2013, followed by 85 catches, 1,133 yards receiving and 10 scores in 2014.

This season, he has 520 yards receiving and has yet to find the end zone playing for the quarterback-challenged Bears, who are 1-6 and more than likely thinking about next season.