Four is Not Enough
We sent a message ahead of 2014s Cascadia Cup Finale in Middle Cascadia, so some of our people connected with our tifo creating counter parts in the Vancouver Southsiders. In the end, a few of our people were able to make a few word banners to send a message with a double meaning. Thanks to the handful of people that worked on the creation, the dozen or so that worked on the in-stadium setup, and all the #CapsOnTour that were a part of deploying it. The execution wasn't perfect, but the message was meaningful and ultimately we hoisted our 5th Cascadia Cup. We completed the #DriveForFive. We are the #FirstToFive. We are the Cascadia Cup record holders. We know who we are…#KingsOfCa5cadia!!!
On September 10, we joined in with everyone that is a part of our Club in honouring Carl Valentine. He is known for his qualities on and off the pitch. He was a great player that helped our Club claim many a title. We are also greatly appreciate the roll he currently plays as an Ambassador and as a coach for our U16 Residency side. These opportunities allow Carl to pass on his love for football and our Club.
Carl, thanks for being you. Thanks for your support of our movement and the entire Club. We hope that Wednesday evening was a meaningful occasion for you and your family!
Here are some photos of the display we did and of Carl's visit to 203/204.
Thanks to Jay Mayede for capturing all of these moments…except the side shot of the display, which came from Whitecaps Scarf @Caps_Scarf on twitter…and one by Tom from Residual Image (working for AFTN Canada).
If you haven't watched Zachary Ratcliffe's video of the events from that night, make sure to check it out here:
The Art of Football
In August 2014 as some of our partners were sitting around discussing tifo ideas, one person threw out a quote from Sun Tzu's The Art Of War that he thought we should use. He further developed a concept around it. As the display began to take shape, it was decided that instead of doing it just on our half of the tunnel in BC Place's west curva, we should partner with our friends in the Vancouver Southsiders (VSS) and have the display cover the entire curva. The VSS were happy to work on the display together. The graphics people worked on stuff (especially the tunnel piece) until the design was complete.
We had intended to do this display in 2013, but for a variety of reasons (let's not go over them here or now) we all decided to hold off. We planned to revisit the concept in 2014.
After the VSS and ourselves each did our own displays for the two home #Se4tt1e matches, doing this one together for Portland's only visit seemed ideal. Building on the prep from 2013, we connected with a couple of key people that value supporters and supporter culture to make sure the display would be as authentic as possible. Then the VSS tifo committee and our partners went to work on the creation phase.
There was a couple of weeks and weekends of sleepless nights as sewing, gluing, tracing, taping, painting, counting, drilling, and testing were done in various locations across the lower mainland. A massive thank you to everyone involved in this labour of love! It was another example of people putting meaningful and quality support ahead of themselves.
The display it self started with the three sections on either side of the tunnel holding up placards. The word banner on the VSS side was raised, reading "INVINCIBILITY LIES IN THE DEFENCE"…followed by the the raising of large 2-sticks with our starting 'Keeper and back line. Then on our side of the tunnel the word banner reading THE POSSIBILITY OF VICTORY IN THE ATTACK was raised. Followed by our starting midfield and striker. Last but not least the tunnel piece was unveiled with the name of the display…THE ART OF FOOTBALL…in both English and Chinese (thanks to Ricky Pak for verifying this!) .
A massive thank you to everyone in the entire west curva that helped make this display possible. Everyone on the VSS side of the tunnel, our friends in Rain City Brigade, 202 FB Crew and everyone else on our side of the tunnel. These types of displays are not possible without roughly two thousand people working together for one collective purpose. Again, we can't say thank you enough. We hope to do more large scale displays in the future.