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A beautiful return of the beautiful game ...

... and I missed it.

Not only did I miss it, but I got back to my Portland hotel last light, clicked around the ESPN channels for a couple of hours and NEVER got a single highlight or even a mention.

Also pretty ominously, the sports reports on Portland's 11 o'clock news shows also mentioned nothing of the start of the MLS season. Granted, the NCAA tournament at the Rose Garden is the big news here; but still, Portland sees itself as a soccer town, and it's expecting to get an MLS expansion franchise today, so you might think some mention of that expansion team's first kick up I-5.

Fortunately, however, there was John McGrath's great column in today's News Tribune ... the next-best thing to being there.