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shermanator last won the day on March 26 2019

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  1. This "soft and weak millennial" built a 400 person supporters group from scratch in a city that had no supporters presence in 2015. I'll make people here a deal. The day Ozzie is banned, I will come back and post on a regular basis. And constructive conversation, not just the mudflinging I've been doing over the last year because I know nothing will happen. I'd like to think that the person running a CPL supporters group in a city that has limited presence on this board would be more valuable to the conversation than someone who counts butts in seats at every CPL game and waits for the league to fail. Maybe that's just my entitled millennial self though...
  2. Don't kid yourself. Numerous posters I know have quit this board because of BBTB/Ozzie. Not one person in the Calgary supporters scene is here, unless we count @Obinna who isn't in the supporters scene but attends games. I only come back here when I find it is imperative to counter BBTB/Ozzie's negativity with actual information. The ignore function doesn't work when they dominate the discussion. The only answer is a ban, but that very clearly isn't happening. And that is why this place is a lost cause to so many who are actually supporting this game in the stands. And as much as censorship should be discouraged, that does not mean its occasional use cannot be a benefit. When trying to build any organization, there will be people who will be barriers to the growth of that group, even if they not broken any rules. If you let those people be barriers then you will fail. I've had to do it in my own supporters group. And if you haven't noticed we've had about 2000% growth in the last year.
  3. As usual I have to correct the biggest ******* idiot in the Canadian soccer scene with what's actually going on in Calgary. Rather than say "no large downward adjustment on prices" you should actually say "big downward adjustment on prices in the main grandstand with reasonable price increases in the supporters section to compensate". I even made a spreadsheet to compare the two.
  4. "Hate me cause they ain't me" - John Herdman, probably.
  5. Are people here supporters of this league? Or are they just here to overanalyze every minute aspect of the league while people like me try and make it work with our wallets? If you claim to be a supporter of this league, and you are not contributing to the financial health of the league via spending your money on the product (whether it be tickets, merchandise, a subscription to OneSoccer, etc), then you are a part of the problem. End of story.
  6. As usual, Ozzie the Parrot / BBTB is so full of **** I can give him an enema and stuff him in a matchbox. No, the SIROCCO code was not the sole reason why Cavalry drew almost 4000. Don't get me wrong, the code helped convince some who were on the fence, but there is something really great brewing in Calgary. The club is generating a significant buzz in the city. They have been marketed well, they have the perfect sized ground for CPL that has a feel that satisfies the traditionalists, they have a good team to watch once people get in the grounds, they have the local sports media on board, and a front office who is willing to listen to supporters and will correct mistakes (of which there have been many in year 1). And I would argue the most important thing going is the atmosphere that those of us in the 200s is drawing more and more people to games. It's not just a soccer game, it's a good time regardless of who you are. People who go to games come back. Edmonton has the same perfect conditions for a game 24 hours ago and draws significantly less. With a club that's been around since 2010.
  7. As someone who's been there multiple times in the last few years, I have to say that Clarke Field is probably one of the biggest reasons people are staying away from FC Edmonton games. It is an absolute dump. There are other reasons such as the lack of marketing, absence of any sort of growth in the supporters scene, and complete mediocrity on the pitch, but Clarke has to be the biggest. The stadium has all the drawbacks of a temporary stadium without any of the benefits, such as being a stadium that is solely built for soccer and fosters the atmosphere people are drawn to. The family section is 20 yards back from the goal, the supporters section is close but you can't see the game unless you're at the top of the stand, there are barely any food and concessions near the main stand, the once decent state of the turf has deteriorated and the stadium itself in a sketchy location. It is near the LRT but also requires a 10 minute walk through said sketchy location to get to the stadium. The views from the main blue stand are quite nice, but you also feel like the stand could blow over at any moment. Beer is $6, but it is also half the size of the beers at Spruce Meadows, so not quite the attractive price one might think. If the Fath’s had any sense on how to run a soccer club they would have had the foresight to build a soccer specific stadium with temp stands elsewhere in the city - something that Cavalry, Halifax and Pacific have done. I don't think any stadium in the CPL is perfect, but Edmonton's is by far the worst. And until Fath changes things up, attendance will continue to suffer in Edmonton.
  8. While I’m here, perhaps I should give an update on the supporters scene in Calgary, since this is supposed to be a Canadian soccer supporters board. The scene is thriving in Calgary, and has surpassed any expectations I could have dreamt up before the season started. Although we don’t have official membership in the Foot Soldiers, we’ve gone from about 25 people last year to over 350. Not only do we have section 200 sold out every game, but the supporters scene has grown into sections 201 and 109, which have become pseudo supporters sections on their own. We’ve gone from having me try to drag people out to talk banners and flags, to people designing and bringing their own made on their own time. There is a real buzz around this club and around the atmosphere in the stadium. I would argue that Cavalry has the loudest supporters scene in the CPL right now (though I hear great things about Halifax, Hamilton and Winnipeg), and games such as those against the Whitecaps are making people take notice. Even the main grandstand is loud. Last year I would have watched the Voyageurs Cup on my couch, this year we packed a bar to the brim. And the scene after the final whistle was incredible! I think we’re slowly but surely turning Calgary into a soccer city...
  9. Hi there... This is true, I do find myself getting in arguments in multiple places. I left Reddit because I didn’t appreciate Pat Carrasco calling me a faggot in DMs. I left Discord because I didn’t appreciate people accusing me of being a club lapdog for not protesting the ticket prices (when my season ticket was $18 a game). And I left this board because I was tired of the negativity; the constant one sided argument from certain posters that this new league would fail from the get go because it is a Canadian league. I’ve given my reasons why people like me who are so engrained in the supporters scene in CPL cities are staying away in the past. Looking through some of the threads today it appears nothing has changed; it’s still a few nutters dominating the discussion with some decent posters occasionally popping in to threads.
  10. Just getting back into town after a fantastic weekend in Vancouver. Going to the game live, and meeting many Voyageurs from BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan (in addition to reacquainting with others) really renewed my desire to support the national team in the stands. It's so great to see the great times everyone has with each other in person, in contrast to this site where it feels like negativity rules the world.
  11. This post brought to you by a man who was addicted to crack cocaine...
  12. **** right off with this comment. You don't know a damn thing about what the supporters in Calgary are saying.
  13. I promised myself I wouldn't post on this board again once 2019 rolled around, because, well what's the point? But I figured I would log in and give myself as evidence to the fact that posters like BBTB are driving away good people from this board. Those of us who are trying to make the CPL, and the supporters scene, successful in CPL cities. I don't know whether I would consider myself a good poster; I happen to still have the highest number of "likes" despite rarely posting for the last 18 months, but that is not really the point here. It is famously said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. That is the case here. If you do not get rid of posters like BBTB, you will never get the discussion back to where it could be. And to show what is going on in the real world, outside of this board, here's what myself and 5 other guys in Calgary have turned the supporters scene into in 4 years. We've gone from 6, to 62 (by my latest count), in the span of 4 years. All unabashed supporters of watching local players suit up to play in a Canadian league.
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