Section 8 Donates Over $10K to Charity

I really wanted to post a link to this story on it's own rather than link it in the comments section of a particular post since I think it really illustrates why the supporter's culture in soccer is different than the fan culture of the "big four" sports in the US. 

The ISA donated over $10,000.00 to the Chicago Fire Foundation through fundraising efforts and should be recognized as more than just the guys who stand and chant for ninety minutes after having a few drinks in the parking lot before the game.  This would probably be a pretty big story on the local news if a bunch of organized Bears fans managed to accomplish something like this.

 

Filed under: Section 8

Tags: Chicago Fire, Section 8

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  • Has the front office contacted the local media markets about this? The Fire seems to be pretty lax in this department. They do not even do a good job keeping the fans informed on their own website. Many look to blogs like this to keep up to date on what is going on with the team. That culture needs to change. The Fire deserve more than one and one half of an inch of column space in the paper!
    Kudos to section 8!

  • In reply to DerSting:

    I would certainly hope they have.

  • In reply to DerSting:

    The Fire is running a poll regarding soccer at Wrigley Field after Hot Time In Old Town ran an article based on rumors of a Fire/Manchester United exhibition at the Friendly Confines....

    http://www.chicago-fire.com/news/2011/01/soccer-wrigley

  • In reply to cesba:

    I hope if they do play at Wrigley it will be of better quality than the Fire has produced at Toyota park as of late...Nice to see that soccer specific facility in Bridgeview being used to its maximum potential!

  • In reply to DerSting:

    A game at Wrigley Field is nothing more than a marketing gimmick that would draw attention to the team. I don't think it has anything to do with the facility in Bridgeview.

    Manchester United at Wrigley Field would draw more attention than Manchester United at Toyota Park or Soldier Field for that matter.

    They've basically copied the NHL's winter classic idea, which isn't a bad thing.

  • In reply to cesba:

    I get that part of it, it is just funny that other teams in the league built stadiums with greater capacity so their fan base would not have to be migratory, rely on gimmics and maybe even attract USMNT matches.

    I have attended several matches at Wrigley Field in the past, it is not a great venue to watch a soccer match, (I bet Berba nad Rooney would love the infield) but the post game experience would be much better.

    My point is that maybe the focus should be fielding a quality team instead of relying on marketing gimicks.

  • In reply to cesba:

    I voted NO on this but I really don't give a crap. I agree it will get the team some exposure but I hate to feed into the Wrigley Mystique baloney. I'd probably skip this event because, for me, it wouldn't be worth the inflated ticket price.

    I did love the link to the Sting footage. That brought back memories. I've seen Howard Balsom around T.P. in the past. Is he available for broadcasting duty? Maybe it's just nostalgia but I thought he did a good job on the TV and (hint, hint) radio broadcasts.

  • In reply to oliotya:

    Doug,
    That's a nice idea that I'll address in an upcoming post.

  • In reply to oliotya:

    Another premium season ticket benefit....

    http://ht.ly/3zqbs

  • In reply to cesba:

    SOLD!

  • In reply to RedLine55:

    I'm sure they're pouring in now.....

  • In reply to RedLine55:

    With a name like Pavel, maybe the Tribune will interview him in the mistaken belief he is on the BlackHypes.

  • In reply to cesba:

    GR,

    I find myself liking the idea of Pavel Pardo coming to the Fire since I randomly remembered a press conference with the Mexican National team with he and Nery. In said interview, a testy Nery is asked what makes him think he is so much better than the Mexican media and Nery says, "Because I'm in Europe and you're in Mexico. And you'll always be in Mexico." And Pavel just sat there and laughed at him. For this fact, and this fact only, I want him on the Fire so he can provide some comedic relief to what is building up to be that kind of year.

  • In reply to c0quito18:

    That press conference is classic......

    "You guys have never played soccer...honestly, have you ever played?
    "You can criticize what you want. Us players know more about soccer than you. We know what we're doing wrong, we know the reasons why we lost a game. What you guys do is impossible. You're happy when the team isn't doing well [but you] never support us when we're doing well."

    "I got here when I was supposed to get here...why do you guys invent things? In other country's they don't do that. They criticize things that actually happened. If Brazil or Argentina doesn't win, they criticize that. They don't criticize other things."
    "You know the difference [between you and me]? I'm in Europe and you're in Mexico. And you're always going to be in Mexico."

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OUQz9xVArOc

    Hilarious.

  • In reply to cesba:

    He was in Europe grabbing some bench with Manchester City.

  • In reply to c0quito18:

    Collins John appears to be headed to a second division German side

  • In reply to c0quito18:

    Here is a Link that shows ja classic Sting Cosmos match at Wrigley. Love the flying dustbfrom the infield as they run across it!
    http://www.majorleaguesoccertalk.com/

  • In reply to c0quito18:

    Can this guy be a bigger idiot?

    http://sports.espn.go.com/oly/news/story?id=5998254

  • In reply to cesba:

    What a moron!

  • In reply to cesba:

    there are screwed!

    seriously though, is this possible in the MLS at this stage to truly play attractive attacking soccer? it's not easy.

  • In reply to Drew:

    oops, i mean "they are screwed"

  • In reply to Drew:

    At this Moment in time. I think us Fire Fans are screwed for 2011
    with Frank Klopas and Carlos de los Cobas in charge of the team
    and its current and future players. I hope I am wrong in this.
    But based on last year and how things are looking thus far for
    2011 there isn't much hope for us.

  • In reply to TigerJMS:

    yeah, with the amount of holes they have it's a long shot that they'll make any noise this year. that said, they have a lot of money and if things fall in line they have a shot. it's just not looking very likely.

    did i see the pitch is already closed???

  • In reply to Drew:

    I'm not sure what's going on at the Pitch. They are apparently closed due to some sort of licensing issue or something.....I don't have any details yet.

  • In reply to cesba:

    It is too radical to use technology because it messes with tradition but can change the timing of the world cup? Hmm gotta love personal interests...He really has endered himself to the modern female audience here...

  • In reply to c0quito18:

    TFC's new coach pledges to play attractive, attacking soccer.....

    http://www.torontosun.com/sports/soccer/2011/01/06/16790931.html

  • In reply to cesba:

    Wayne Rooneys younger brother coming to mls?

  • In reply to bert:

    He's available for selection in the Superdraft.

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