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First Impressions of the Whitecaps FC

Growing up in Vancouver as a player of the beautiful game, the Whitecaps (and by extension for a period of time, the 86ers) have always counted on me being a fan. I can’t say I’ve made it to as many games, having sporadically attended them when they played at Swangard Stadium, but I do remember attending one game when I was really young at Empire Stadium. So when the opportunity of becoming a seasons ticket holder for the inaugural season in the MLS presented itself, I spent money I didn’t really have and became one. Hurray for credit!


Whitecaps FC – courtesy of RosieTulips

Unfortunately, I didn’t get an opportunity to attend the home opener against Toronto FC as I was in Vegas for a friend’s wedding – what a match to have missed! The ‘caps took it to the squad from the Big Smoke and triumphed with a 4-2 result under cooperative skies – all accounts had me hearing that Empire Field was the perfect venue for an ecstatic soccer crowd. So upon arrival for the second home match against Sporting Kansas City, I was pretty darn amped.

Presentation wise, the Whitecaps FC and Empire Field staff have done a tremendous job at outfitting the stadium. I would imagine they picked up a few pointers from the BC Lions past season, but mad props for putting together a welcoming venue – even the lineups for beer and food were manageable all things considered.

And then there was the match itself. Having grown up on the sport (played, officiated, and coached at various levels youth and adult), I have always understood that the result is not final until the last whistle is blown. Although the Whitecaps carried play for much of the first half, Sporting was able to notch a late marker during injury time to go up by one. Then early in the second half, two complete “brain farts” by the ‘caps set them down by three. Making matters worse, the traitor-some Teal Bunbury had scored those first two KC goals.

But as mentioned earlier, the match wasn’t over quite yet.

With head coach Teitur Thordarson (don’t make Teitur mad, you don’t want to see Teitur mad) sending in Davide Chiumiento and Nizar Khalfan late in the second, the substitutions began to go to work on what appeared to be a tired opposing back line. In the 73rd minute, Atiba Harris notched the ‘caps first goal of the day after Khalfan burned past the KC right back. Then in injury time, Camilo notched his first and second goals just a minute apart to tie the game. No word of a lie, I thought Empire Field was about to explode. I can’t begin to imagine what would have happened had Camilo been able to notch the hatty just a minute after that (his shot missed just high and wide).

I’ve seen comebacks before. But there’s something about the one I witnessed on Saturday that has me already jonesing for what may occur Wednesday night the New England Revolution. It was as close to magical as I can describe. In fact, if you weren’t there you missed something you’ll never see again.

So where will you be? Will you be with us at Empire Field? Buy a ticket, take the pledge, and make sure you’re in your seat before kickoff!

SportsPage 2.0

Growing up a rabid sports fan in Vancouver, my late evenings were not spent watching David Letterman or Jay Leno, but instead catching the latest news from the sporting world on SportsPage.

Whether it was hearing about Dave Randorf’s favourite ball player Jeff Kent, cashing in on some sweet loot during SportsPage trivia, or waiting all year to watch “Yulin’ with the Page” over the holidays, it was part of every sports fan’s lifestyle here in Van-city.

SportsPage Trivia Was Teh Bomb!

But as with all good things, the ‘Page was finally taken off the air with it’s last episode on September 2, 2005. It was tough to take, and I remember watching Dan Elliott (aka Jumbo) tear up when he signed off for the last time – I kid you not, I teared up too.

Anywho, over the past few weeks I’ve been tossing around the idea of trying to get SportsPage back on the tube with a few of the fine folks on twitter. Gladys (@gloomybb) in particular has been extremely gung-ho with the idea and got me thinking that I should start to harrass.. errr.. approach some of the hosts from the ‘Page in an effort to get the wheels on the bus moving. So thinking the best person on twitter to hit up was Scott Rintoul (currently of Team 1040 fame, but he cut his teeth on the ‘Page – @ScottRintoul on twitter), I gave him a holler and he said he’d be in. True, it’s simply a tweet and not a contract, but listen to him and Barry MacDonald talk about it this morning on the Team (hat tip to Gladys who got the audio):
Ringing endorsement, don’t you think?

So where do we go from here? How do we make this happen? Let’s get SportsPage 2.0 back on the air! Lord knows we need to see more playoff beards like this:

Game On!

When the puck drops at 7:00p tonight between the Canucks and Kings, you’ll be able to find me sitting up in section 311 taking in Game One of what I hope to be a lengthy postseason spell from my favourite team!

Two Tickets to Game One - Canucks vs. Kings

Where will you be?

I know, I know.. I really shouldn’t brag. But aren’t you just a tad bit jealous? GM Place is going to be rocking, the towels will be swinging, and I’m putting money down that Mark Donnelly will raising his mic to the crowd to help sing O Canada. What a way to start the game for the first of 16 wins, eh?

Now for those that don’t know, this will be my second Game One experience when it comes to the Canucks in the post-season. I had the good fortune to be at GM Place for the first game between the Stars and Canucks back in ’07 – lets just say that getting a good 4 OT periods AND a Canucks is something more than EPIC!

And I thought the garage was rocking that night…

Canucks 2010 Playoff Beard Challenge – Day 3

So far the Playoff Beard Challenge is off to a steady start – just me. But word has it there might be something coming down the pipeline on the team side, for those of you who want in on the action, time is of the essence!

Anywho, here’s my progress through three days – some good quality stubble:

Canucks 2010 Playoff Beard - Chris - Day 3

Chris – Day 3

Join the Canucks 2010 Playoff Beard Challenge by keeping us all up-to-date on the progress of your playoff beard by adding your photos to the flickr group – http://www.flickr.com/groups/canucksplayoffbeard/

The Canucks 2010 Playoff Beard Challenge

Last night, Marnie asked if me if I was going to begin my playoff beard. I simply turned to her, smiled, and cackled maniacally. You know it.

Chris - Day 1

Chris – Day 1

It’s been at least two years since I’ve been this clean shaven as I’m normally sporting a goatee. But figuring it’s proper playoff beard etiquette to start on a fresh playing field, I shaved that bad boy off along with my weekend beard (yes, I’m lazy on weekends). And then I went and advertised on twitter – seems I’m not the only one doing the beard.

So always having been one for some friendly competition, I’ve officially opened the Canucks 2010 Playoff Beard Challenge. To participate, simply take a picture of your beard from Day 1 through to the end of the Canucks playoff run and share it with the world. How to share you ask? Well, you can do one of the following:

And what would a challenge be without rules?

The Rules of the 2010 Canucks Playoff Beard Challenge

  1. You don’t talk about Beard Club.. err.. the Challenge.
  2. You don’t talk about Beard Club.
  3. If you can’t do the beard, commit to something and stick to it (special ritual, personal habit, etc.). We’re here at the Challenge do not discriminate against those who can’t/don’t/won’t grow facial hair.
  4. Once you’re in, you’re in. Unless you’re not. We’re not that hardcore. But keep in mind the idea of a playoff challenge is to keep it going – and Lord knows we’ll make you feel shame should something untoward happen to the Canucks in the post-season AFTER you quit.
  5. The wishes of your significant other do not trump Beard Club. In fact, you should encourage him/her/it to heed the call to challenge and join up.

So are you in? And anything you care to add?

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