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Portlandia Episode Features Portland’s Timbers Army

2012 February 25
by Brian Quarstad

Friday nights episode of the quirky IFC comedy hit Portlandia, featured the Timbers Army in one the shows sketches. The show starting Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen that takes place in and pokes fun at Portland, Oregon, managed to squeeze in a skit that included the Portland Timbers supporters group.

It’s not the first time the Timbers Army have been used in a Portlandia skit. Earlier this season a handful of the supporters could be seen in the “Allergy Pride” piece. “If you watch the parade, they’re the Soy Punks,” Armisen told Shawn Francis of MLS “They were perfect for it because they were so good at shouting and shouting angrily.”

18 Responses
  1. Fotbalist permalink
    February 25, 2012


  2. February 25, 2012

    A ton of my friends from Alaska swarmed down to either Seattle or Portland once they could, I got lost and ended up in Edmonton. But I did post your link on my Facebook for all of them in Portland.

  3. Soccer Boy permalink
    February 25, 2012

    Gary the Cat will kick that cats butt any day of the week! COME ON YOU STARS!

  4. Ultra permalink
    February 25, 2012

    Are you actually proud to be USED and ridiculed in this type of shit?

  5. Kejsare permalink
    February 25, 2012

    The Timbers Army are secure enough to have fun. Not many others can match the size or culture of the Timbers. Take it as a sign of respect.

  6. February 25, 2012

    Totally with you Kejsare. How many other supporters groups get to be on one of cables most popular comedy shows. It promotes the fan culture and the game. Hats off to the Timbers.

  7. Soccer Boy permalink
    February 25, 2012

    “How many other supporters groups get to be on one of cables most popular comedy shows.”

    Never heard of “Portlandia” so it cannot be that popular.

  8. Bart permalink
    February 25, 2012

    @SoccerBoy – You might not have that many cable channels. This is a very good show.

    Portlandia is a television series that debuted on the Independent Film Channel (IFC) on January 21, 2011.[3] The show, produced by Andrew Singer and Jonathan Krisel, is set and filmed both in and near Portland, Oregon and features Saturday Night Live cast member Fred Armisen along with Carrie Brownstein, formerly of Sleater-Kinney[1] and current lead guitarist/singer for Wild Flag.[4]

    The name Portlandia refers to the sculpture of the same name above the entrance of the Portland Building on Fifth Avenue in downtown Portland.[5] The statue also appears in the opening montage title sequence.

    Conception and developmentBrownstein and Armisen first met in the early 2000s and began collaborating on a comedy series of sketches for the Internet in 2005, under the name Thunderant. The sketches became increasingly Portland-centric, with premises ranging from irate diners at a popular Hawthorne District restaurant registering ridiculous complaints on the review website Yelp!, to a character’s disastrous one-man performance at the city’s Hollywood Theatre.[6]

    In July 2009, the duo pitched their idea for a full-fledged sketch comedy show to IFC and Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video production company, and the project was quickly approved.[6]

    [edit] Filming and productionThe series is set and filmed in Portland, Oregon. Production for the first season, consisting of six episodes, began in August 2010 and was completed in September 2010.[7] The budget for the first season was set at less than $1 million (US).[6] Along with Allison Silverman, a former head writer and executive producer for The Colbert Report and Portlandia director Jonathan Krisel, Armisen and Brownstein wrote the sketches that appear in the first six episodes. Lorne Michaels served as executive producer.[2]

    The series stars Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein in various roles. Guest stars include Selma Blair, Steve Buscemi, Aimee Mann, Sarah McLachlan, Heather Graham, Aubrey Plaza, Jason Sudeikis, Gus Van Sant, and Kyle MacLachlan, as the mayor of Portland. Two episodes also feature real Portland mayor Sam Adams as an assistant to MacLachlan’s fictional mayor.[3][8] Another episode including a music festival similar to Portland’s MusicfestNW featured a rock band played by Colin Meloy of The Decemberists, James Mercer of The Shins, and Brownstein’s former Sleater-Kinney bandmate Corin Tucker, as well as an indie guitarist played by Decemberist Jenny Conlee.[9]

    On February 14, 2011, a second season of ten episodes was ordered and began airing in January 2012.[10]


  9. February 25, 2012

    @Soccer Boy, I have to tell you that when I posted this I said to myself, Soccer Boy is going to be the first one to post on this topic (which you often are so that’s no jump) and he’s going to write something about never having heard of it. That’s OK, Soccer Boy, not sure it’s your cup of tea anyway. For me it’s one of the few TV shows I actually watch and look forward to each week.

  10. Bart permalink
    February 25, 2012

    @BQ, you know, that may be a very sick mind you have here 🙂

  11. Ultra permalink
    February 26, 2012

    Great! everybody is free to choose what they want for their SG. If media whoring is the main goal, then go ahead and accept to look like total tools on this kind of shows. IMO that ridicules supporter groups. It does not promote a good image for them. It makes them look like clowns desperate for attention. Other supporter groups choose to be …well… supporter groups, and stay the hell away from the media. Whatever makes you guys happy. Amanda Knox was wearing a Seattle scarf the other day. I wonder of ECS were all happy about it, because it gave them media coverage…
    Back on topic: I had some sort of respect for TA. I really wanted to believe that the clowns that appeared in this video, was just a small part of them that went there without their leaders’ approval. But seeing one of their leaders being actually proud of this, and encouraging these appearances, makes me lose all my respect for TA. Again, I don’t mean to hurt feelings; this is just my opinion.

  12. Bart permalink
    February 26, 2012

    @ Ultra

    Most supporter groups need ridicule. And the vast majority are clowns desperate for approval and notice. That is what makes for a loud and boisterous supporter group and brings attention to the element of the team and the game.

    I think it is a compliment that TA was even considered by Portlandia to be part of the sketch. Even for those that were previously not aware of TA, the Portlandia sketch starts to bring awareness to them and vice versa.


  13. February 26, 2012

    I remember when ‘Fargo’ first came out, there were a lot of people around here that were pretty ticked at the Cohn brothers. I thought it was hilarious. Sometimes you got to poke fun at yourself and be secure enough to handle it.

  14. Ultra permalink
    February 26, 2012

    Bart, I understand what you are saying, and once again, every supporter group is free to do what they want. We are proud to say that we are not like most MLS supporter groups, therefore we DO NOT need, want or accept to be ridiculed for media exposure purposes. In fact, we do have a strict policy and we refused different offers from TV or radio stations before, because we don’t accept to sing on command or sing whatever songs they want us to sing. We also limit our interviews, and we declined many interviews offers before. We are also strict about the membership process. We don’t accept everyone who wants to be part of our group. We turned down people before, because we didn’t think they were a good fit for our group. But once again, every supporter group is free to do what they want. I am not telling you what to do, I am just a bit disappointed because I thought TA was different.

  15. February 26, 2012


    Very interesting ideals that you have. I am a little taken aback. I am new to being in a supporters group, our started in 2010, and the idea was, and is, if you want to be a member, think you are a member, or like to drink beer and have fun, then you already are a member. We have made friends with other supporter groups, and have tried to implement their good ideas into our own. The Dark Clouds have a free beer movement and it is awesome. I truly do not understand the cliquishness or elitism to nerding out about soccer.

  16. Bart permalink
    February 27, 2012

    @ Ultra

    So, your supporter group is a private, exclusive club that is more interested in having “the right type” of person join, rather than a larger group of supporters with a wider interest.

    Whatever floats your boat, but I was of the opinion that supporter groups are there to promote the team and serve the greater good of getting the spirit into the venue…..

  17. Ultra permalink
    February 27, 2012

    Daniel, I understand your point of view, because that’s how most MLS SGs think. However, we are stressing that we DO NOT want people to join us just to drink, party and have a good time. We require attending a certain number of road trips, tifo parties, and help with the group in general also, beside the tailgating and drinking part. It’s not fair for some people to work their asses off and spend thousands of dollars for the group activities, while others just come for the good time, financial aid, and what not, without putting in work. When we have people that we believe just take advantage of the group, we let them go. That’s how we operate, and of course, we don’t expect other groups to operate the same.

    Bart, the ultimate goal is to support the team in the best way possible. In order for that to happen, we need quality members. Unlike other groups, we are not desperate for quantity, and we are not willing to do anything to increase our numbers. Yes, of course we want to increase our numbers, but not at the cost of lowering the quality or breaking certain policies and rules of the group. We actually take pride that we are different than other MLS SGs, and our MO is more similar to the one of European ultras groups.

    But having a variety of supporter groups, with different goals, and different styles makes this league more interesting, so good luck to everybody, regardless of the style they choose.

  18. Mega permalink
    February 28, 2012

    Ultra is right, guys. Soccer is very serious business, and there is no room for humor. That is why we are instituting a dress code for the Dark Clouds this year. Coat and tails will be REQUIRED (top hat optional, but recommended) for all tailgating activities. Also, all tifo’s must adhere to Strunk and White. We need to send a message that we are not a joke.

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