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Sounders Scarves Up

The Wall Street Journal led the way with The Great Hipster Soccer Showdown, a very entertaining piece previewing the Sounders vs. Timbers.  Sports Illustrated followed with a more informed and sober take on the Sounders and Timbers rivalry.  The WSJ piece was hilarious and eminently quotable.  The Sports Illustrated piece not so much, with the exception of one piece of overly purple prose about cave paintings (rightfully mocked here).

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Sounders FC 4, New York Red Bulls 2

Levesque Pirate Face

It’s now almost a week later, but I can’t let last week’s game against the New York Red Bulls pass without some comment.  Having squandered a 2:0 lead and allowed the Red Bulls to draw level, I’m fairly sure there was an audible groan when Roger Levesque — apparently the sexiest Sounder — came on as a substitute early in the second half.  I think there was, but my own dismay may have just been extra loud.  Have to say I expected less than nothing and, like a lot of the other 46,000 or so supporters at the stadium, walked away completely gob-smacked.  Not only two great goals, but two excellent celebrations too.

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Bagdad Theatre on Market Street, Ballard

If the grand opening of the Hotel Ballard was the hottest ticket in Ballard this past Saturday, it was closely followed by the opening of the Nightingale Gallery at 2215 NW Market Street.  There wasn’t a red carpet, but there was food and drink.  MyBallard.com has the pre-opening story here, including some pictures of the space, which formerly housed Market Street Shoes (now located across the street).  There was a little too much Dave Matthews for my taste, but otherwise a lot of cool stuff.  I’m sure we weren’t the only folks to leave the opening with a print of the above picture by local artist Steve Konz.

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Hotel Ballard -- Grand Opening June 2011

Seems like the hottest ticket in town this past Saturday was the grand opening of the Hotel Ballard, formerly the flop house – ahem, single room occupancy hotel – known as the Starlight Hotel.  Not just the red carpet, but refreshments and a jazz band in the adjacent vacant lot.  Lots of folks walked through, all commenting on the size of the rooms and the lack of bathrooms.  Well, what did you expect?  It’s boutique.  Rates from $79 to $229 per night.

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Alaska Airlines has a couple of new TV adverts that feature the Portland Timbers.  The first appears to portray John Spencer, their coach, fairly accurately.  The guy is such a loud mouth he actually managed to get sent off in the Timbers game against the Colorado Rapids.  That’s right, sent off.  And no he wasn’t playing — just bellowing like “a right prat” from the sideline, when he really should have shut his “haggis-trap.”  Not just sent off, but fined and suspended for the next match.  And there’s a second advert below.  This one featuring Timber Joey.

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Target: Bad Albert’s Tap & Grill
Address: 5100 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle
Status: Closure Pending 

Bad Albert’s

MyBallard.com and KOMO Ballard are reporting that Bad Albert’s Tap & Grill is the latest long-term Ballard Ave business to announce it’s closing, most likely within the next month or so.  Bad Albert’s is located in the Palmer Apartments building at the intersection of Ballard Ave and Dock Street.  Also on the Ballard Hit List, Ballard Ave edition, in recent months were Acme Rubber Stamp and Elephant’s Gerald.  MyBallard.com has some quotes from the owner of Bad Albert’s here.  Apparently the ongoing economic downturn and the owner’s health issues are behind the decision to close.

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Shifty and Dodgy

This billboard sits above the U-Haul rental place on 15th Ave NW.  This is one of seven of these types of ads.  The other featured players are Steve Zakuani, Jeff Parke, James Riley, Roger Levesque, Mike Fucito, and Leo Gonzalez.  The link on the billboard — datewithasounder.com — is to the Sounders’ facebook page.  There are “mock” dating videos there.  According to the team’s home page, it’s all something to do with increasing attendance at the games.  And not about getting this sorry bunch dates.  A likely story.

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