Scot Thompson's Player Diary 5/27

Timbers defender Scot Thompson will be providing a player notebook throughout the course of the season. Stay tuned for future entries.

May 27, 2006
So here’s a story for you…all hearsay, of course, but a certain rookie was resting along the bulkhead of a window seat as we were boarding the plane to Minnesota from Denver. Now it is not uncommon for rookies to give up their seats to veterans or coaches when they are blessed with a window or aisle seat, and this being Memorial Day weekend the majority of the team was forced to endure middle seats because every flight was at maxim capacity.

Now this rookie was boldly asked by a confident head coach to switch his aisle seat with the rookie's window. For what reasons, I do not know - personally I’d rather have an aisle - but that is beside the point as this rookie without remorse did his rookie duty and gave up the seat.

But herein lies the Shakespearean twist…

As our coach becomes so eloquently comfortable in his private window seat, two sisters of a somewhat thicker persuasion angrily interrupted his serene moment of slumber and forcefully stated, “You're in our seats!”

And with fiery eyes, steam seething from his flaring nostrils, Coach turns back in angst calling out this rookie in vein; attempting to make eye contact with the dubious swindler. You see, the rookie never said the window seat was his seat; he just played along with the coach’s assumption. What’s that famous quote when you assume something? Hahaha!

And before he was able to move and prevent such an egregious act of treason…”flight attendants prepare for take off.”

And a stretched out rookie with a devilish smirk raised his head from behind his seat of cover and laughed with the rest of the team!

But of course this story is all hearsay and probably didn’t happen. We all know I do have an active imagination.