The Hipster Soccer Rivalry

The Hipster Soccer Rivalry

This whole story is hilarious. From the cliche-laden lede about Seattle to the quotes about Timbers and Sounders' fans arguing about who has better beer as it somehow relates to MLS Soccer, it's jut an article full of laughs.

There won't be much bro noodling at the match between Portland and Seattle, that's for sure.

Portland fans "think they're punk-rock, underground, hard-core
superstars," said Jeff James, a 24-year-old software engineer singing
heartily in the raucous Emerald City Supporters' section. "They think
they're like, hipsters," said James, clad in skinny jeans, a plaid
shirt, shades and K-Swiss sneakers. 'And they think Seattle's like a
corporate town."
Burn.

And:

Portlanders also accuse Seattle residents of being soccer fans just for
the scarves—thousands of which Sounders marketers distributed for free
before their first game in 2009. "They're sellouts, man. They're like,
'Maybe I'll just wear this scarf and drink a lot of beer and go to this
stupid soccer game," said Timbers fan Maggie McCombs, 24-year-old
Portland waitress with a pierced lip who says she should know because
her brother lives in Seattle. "That's what I hear his friends say."

Love those scarves.

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Tonight's lineup: With only RHPs left, could Ryan Howard start every game?

Tonight's lineup: With only RHPs left, could Ryan Howard start every game?

If healthy, Ryan Howard is expected to start all three games in the Phillies' final series of the season Sept. 2-4 at home against the Mets.

He might also start the entire Braves series.

The Phillies' final six games are all against right-handed starting pitchers: Julio Teheran, Mike Foltynewicz and Josh Collmenter in Atlanta; Robert Gsellman, Bartolo Colon and Noah Syndergaard with the Mets. That could mean six starts for Howard before his time with the Phillies expires.

Howard's batting average has been below .200 for practically the entire season, but he's been much better since the All-Star break, hitting .259/.325/.598 with 11 homers, five doubles and 25 RBIs in 123 plate appearances (see game notes). He went 0 for 6 in his last two starts but homered in each of his two previous starts to reach 23 for the third year in a row.

Here's the Phillies' full lineup Tuesday against Teheran:

1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Roman Quinn, LF
3. Odubel Herrera, CF
4. Maikel Franco, 3B
5. Ryan Howard, 1B
6. Cameron Rupp, C
7. Freddy Galvis, SS
8. Aaron Altherr, RF
9. Jerad Eickhoff, P

Matt Kemp is out of the Braves' lineup.

1. Ender Inciarte, CF
2. Adonis Garcia, 3B
3. Freddie Freeman, 1B
4. Nick Markakis, RF
5. Tyler Flowers, C
6. Jace Peterson, 2B
7. Dansby Swanson, SS
8. Mallex Smith, LF
9. Julio Teheran, P

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Howie Roseman makes complete 180 with latest roster move

Howie Roseman makes complete 180 with latest roster move

Howie Roseman solidified his hold on Executive of the Year Tuesday when he re-signed guard Darrell Greene to the practice squad and released JaCorey Shepherd from the practice squad. Shepherd was signed on Wednesday when Greene was previously released.

The Eagles were undefeated with Shepherd on the practice squad this year.

But they're also undefeated with Greene on the practice squad.

Roseman did not return messages requesting comment about Shepherd's seven-day stint with the Eagles.

Once Roseman realized he had actually NOT signed Lito Sheppard, the deal was voided.

The Eagles don't play this coming weekend so we were hard-pressed for any actual news.