Time for Timbers panic?
Time to panic, Portland Timbers fans.
Yes, the Timbers were disjointed, and at times discombobulated, in the first hour or so of Sunday's 2-1 loss to the Los Angeles Galaxy in Carson, California.
And the Timbers could have lost 4-1 or 5-1 if L.A. had been awarded two deserved penalty kicks and finished a couple more of its several chances.
Sure, Portland struggled to transition from defense to offense in its 2018 MLS opener, especially in the first half, a problem that serves as a reminder of former Timber Darlington Nagbe's ability to dribble the team out of trouble.
So Giovani Savarese's debut as Timbers coach was unsatisfying. But it should be noted that Caleb Porter wasn't successful when Diego Chara did not play. In fact, Portland is now winless in the last 16 games that the spirited Colombian midfielder has missed (10 losses, 6 draws).
Winning soccer is about cohesion. Of course, individuals must make plays to create, score and prevent goals. But six weeks into the Savarese era, with a 19-year-old in Chara's shoes and a 23-year-old where Nagbe used to play, it's too soon to expect crisp soccer.
Consider, too, that the Galaxy are coming off the worst season in franchise history, then watched their new rival in Los Angeles win its first match (at Seattle, something Timbers fans could smile about on opening night). The Timbers' opponent was clearly motivated to get off on the right foot.
On the plus side, the Timbers played well in stretches — and made L.A. defend for much of the last half-hour.
It's going to take time to find out what this Portland team is. And opening the season with five road matches, the next four outside the Pacific time zone, is no recipe for quick success.
With seven games left in the regular season, Portland (40-20-1-4) has four more points than Spokane in the race for second in the Western Hockey League U.S. Division (and eight fewer points than Everett).
But do the Hawks want home ice in the first playoff round? Portland is 23-9-1-0 on the road this season.
The Hawks might be atop the division if they were better at Memorial Coliseum, where they have won seven of 19 games. One factor is a string of games they played while shorthanded. But the weak record at the coliseum still is odd for a team that has won 10 of 13 games played next door at Moda Center.
Got your grandfather's mashie and niblick gathering dust in the attic? Ever wonder if those persimmon woods might be worth something?
This weekend is your chance to find out.
The Golf Antique Show, which has been around for 30 years, returns to Riverside Golf and Country Club. Various collectors will be on hand to appraise items, and possibly buy things that attract their interest. Other items will be for sale.
The public is invited. Admission is free.
"There'll be about 35 tables (with dealers) from Canada, California, Seattle and elsewhere," says Pat Sutton, the golf pro emeritus at Riverside who is one of the expert collectors. "We can tell you if something's worth 40 bucks or 800 bucks.
"A lot of golf pros and great amateurs come — it's just a blast."
Sutton remembers one lady who brought a handful of her grandfather's clubs and "three of them were really, really rare." She wound up selling them on the spot for about $2,500 total.
"We're always looking for old stuff, especially from Portland, which has a rich history going way back, including in the 1940s, when the PGA Championship and Ryder Cup were played here," Sutton says.
Dealers will set up their tables from 2-6 p.m. Friday, and the show runs from 9 a.m-6 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.