You know the Portland Timbers Army and the Portland tech scene go together like… um… like… Well they go together. Really well. And as luck would have it, the same thing holds true for Seattle. Their tech scene is pretty deeply immersed in the Seattle Sounders Emerald City Supporters too.
Well, respective tech scenes. Your favorite teams are facing off this weekend. That’s right. Portland Timbers versus the Seattle Sounders. And it’s a big game. So big that it’s in the Wall Street Journal.
And you know the love goes both ways. The Timbers are doing a great job of using social media and technology—from Flickr campaigns to iPhone games—to engage with the fans here in town. I mean, the Timbers are as techie as we are.
So what kind of blogger about the Portland tech scene—or Timbers fan, for that matter—would I be if I didn’t engage in a little tete-a-tete with my peer to the north, Seattle-ite John Cook of Geekwire?
Not a very good one. That’s what.
I mean, as John says, both the teams are kind of startups, right? And we both cover startups. So it only makes sense.
So here we go. John was kind enough (read: foolish) to throw down the gauntlet. And I’m accepting his challenge. It’s Timbers vs Sounders, the blog version.
When the Timbers win, John will be writing a guest post here on Silicon Florist about Portland. He’ll also be buying me a beer or two the next time we’re in one another’s backyard. So be looking forward to that post.
If there’s some kind of orange toxic cloud over the field that overwhelms the Timbers and they’re only able to play to a draw with the Sounders, then John and I will carry the bet over to the next meeting.
That’s right. 11. Double down.
Now, I wanted to keep John’s hopes alive. So I promised that if the Sounders won (ha!), I’d be more than happy to write a guest post on Geekwire. Doing my usual cheerleading thing. But for the Seattle startup scene. And I won’t even be facetious or anything.
So there you have it Portland. Whether you’re all Rose City ’til I Die or not. Here’s hoping you’ll be pulling for the Timbers—startup that they are—to get the job done.