The Portland Timbers play host to the New England Revolution on Saturday, brimming with confidence after the rare feat of having won their two previous matches. Beating the second-place team in the Eastern Conference will be no small task, of course, and the Texas-like heat wave we're about to experience won't do them any favors either.
As improbable as a victory may be, however, with a win this Saturday, the Portland Boys can accomplish something they haven't done in the regular season since April 22, 2010 -- win a third consecutive match. According to some definitions of the term "winning streak," that third win is imperative, meaning the Timbers haven't had a legitimate winning streak in over five years.
Perhaps we were naive in 2010 to assume we wouldn't have to wait long to witness another winning streak. But that was life back then, when we were a little younger, a little less wise. Here are a few other things that were different about life at the time of the Timbers' last winning streak.
- Corner kicks at PGE Park were often taken from home plate
- First Generation iPads had been on the market for 19 days
- Nobody outside Pakistan had ever heard of Abbottabad
- Diego Maradona coached the Argentina national football team
- Some people used Google Wave, for some reason
- Same-sex marriages were recognized in five states and the District of Columbia
- Portlanders lived an as yet unsung-about dream of the 90s
- Space shuttles were still a thing
- Westeros was a realm known only to nerds
- Hosni Mubarak and Muammar Gaddafi were comfortably in power
- Li'l Sebastian was still alive but as yet unknown to Ben Wyatt
- Voyager 1 had not yet left the Solar System
- Lebron James played for the Cleveland Cavaliers
- Portland's rental vacancy rate was a reasonable 5.6%
- Our photos were thoughtlessly posted to the internet without filters
What are we missing? What else was different the last time the Timbers won a third consecutive match?