When two of my passions intersect, I’m a happy girl. In this case, it’s soccer and travel – more specifically, the Portland Timbers and their sponsor, Alaska Airlines. They’ve teamed up in a new series of TV ads they’re calling the “Alaska Airlines/Portland Timbers Employee Exchange Program.”
The first ad features Timbers coach John Spencer doing the pre-flight spiel as only a surly Scotsman can. An extra bonus is the pilot’s reaction at the end of the ad when he realizes what being on the pitch during a match entails.
The second ad features Timbers “mascot” Timber Joey making a passenger’s bag carry-on sized. For those who don’t know, Timber Joey walks around the stadium on game days with his chainsaw, and for each Timber goal scored he cuts off a slab from the “victory log.” You’ll see at the end of the ad that the Alaska Air flight attendant is having a little more trouble fulfilling her end of the employee exchange.
Most of my life, I’ve been fond of saying I’m not a sports fan. It’s predictable for a girl to say that, but I did it anyway. Because the truth was that I really wasn’t a sports fan. I played softball in the summer for a few years because my friends were doing it, but my lack of anything resembling depth perception meant that catching or hitting a ball was a near-impossible task. Needless to say, I didn’t excel at the game and quit as soon as I could.
My dad was a sports nut, both of my brothers enjoy sports, and the husband is a sports fan. Even my mother is a sports fan. I was definitely the odd one out in my family, who neither paid attention to nor cared about sports of any kind. But that all changed about 10 years ago.