Sunday, January 27, 2008

Timber Jim has retired, and so has some soccer-in-America history....

Merritt Paulson, the Timbers' owner and president, described Serrill as "an impossible guy to replace." The organization is searching for a new mascot and will solicit fan input to help determine which Timber Jim traditions to retain. Paulson's favorite: sawing off a wood slab from a log after every Timbers goal, then presenting it to the player who scored.

"It will be an odd feeling going out on the field and not having a chance to see him cutting logs for us," Timbers captain Andrew Gregor said. "It was an awesome experience to have Jim hand you a log after the game."

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