February 21st, 2012
Portlandia: To Noob Or Not To Noob?
Image: mlssoccer.com, George Frey/Getty Images.
Where do you stand on soccer ’noobs’, Kickettes?
The reason we ask is that the guys behind IFC’s ‘Portlandia’ comedy show have applied their satirical eye to the subject of over-enthusiastic but hopelessly inexperienced fans, with stars Fred Armison (Saturday Night Live) and Carrie Brownstein (Wild Flag, Sleater Kinney) heading on down to Jeld-Wen Field for the first time, to show some love to the Timbers.
The show, which airs on IFC on Fridays at 10/9c (US only, sadly), is known for it’s gentle prodding of Portland natives’ eccentricities, but the experience of getting up close with the Timbers fanbase was hugely positive, according to Brownstein. “I haven’t been to a game [in Portland] yet, but when we shot the episode it made me want to go,“ she said. ”Portlanders are eager for communal experiences and the Timbers are perfect for that. Also the singing is really great.”
While we agree that there’s nothing more annoying than being repeatedly poked in the eye by a placard that proclaims undying love for ‘Christian Ronaldo’, we’re also an inclusive bunch and as far as we’re concerned, the more people who appreciate our beautiful game, the better. Even if they insist that dribbling is something you do when you see Fernando Torres in a swimsuit.
But we feel it’s only fair to allow you to exercise your snark on a Tuesday. What’s the most amusing/irritating ‘noob’ behaviour you’ve ever witnessed in or around football? Did you take the offender aside and point out their error? Or pull up a chaise longue and watch someone else do it for ya?