Southsiders Inc. Upset By Whitecaps New Uniform Comments!!!June 23, 2010 at 4:32 am | Posted in Vancouver Whitecaps, Whitecaps New Uniform and Logo, Whitecaps Season 2010 | 9 Comments
My comments regarding my bitter disappointment concerning the Vancouver Whitecaps new uniform and logo have garnered some interest. Indeed, I am getting towards a thousand hits on my blog entries concerning the new uniform and logo. Those interested in seeing the abominations which will be worn by Vancouver Hotspur FC in the MLS can see them here:
Those that read my blog know I am deeply disappointed with the Vancouver Whitecaps approach to the new uniform. As one of those who experienced the magic of Soccer Bowl 1979, the Vancouver Whitecaps uniform and colours of that period are emblazoned on my soul. It was like a death in the family when the Whitecaps went defunct in 1984. I had to wait 16 long years for the team to re-emerge. Frankly, the Vancouver 86ers were no substitute in the meantime. Did the 86ers ever celebrate a championship in downtown Vancouver with 100,000 delirious fans? Did the Vancouver 86ers ever defeat the mighty New York Cosmos?
When the Whitecaps came back in 2000, it was like a dream come true. When the Whitecaps returned, the team adopted a close variation on the classic strip. The team modified the classic logo (again for he worse!) but at least retained the colours and basic pattern of the 1979 uniform.
Somewhere along the line in the new Whitecaps MLS regime, some new souless bureaucrat and his phoney focus groups decided to throw our 1979 football strip and colours, which were both classic and original in world football, into the garbage bin. They did this in exchange for a grossly inferior product with absolutely no character or relation whatsoever to club traditions. I blame new CEO Paul Barber, who has essentially given us the uniform of his favourite club, Tottenham Hotspur (I wonder if Steve Nash, also a die-hard Spurs supporter, had something to do with it as well!!!). I dare say if Paul Barber’s favourite club was the Vancouver Whitecaps, our new uniform might look something like the Vancouver Whitecaps. We might as well change our name as well; why keep the pretension of calling ourselves the Vancouver Whitecaps when we look like Vancouver Hotspur FC?
You would think Vancouver Whitecaps fan groups, especially the Southsiders, would be offended and have something to say about all of this. Think again. None other than the President of the new Vancouver Southsiders Inc. has taken offence at my comments concerning the Whitecap’s new uniform and lack of opposition to it among his new organization. He calls my comments “libelous and insulting” to both his own Company and the Vancouver Whitecaps. Mr President did so recently in the BC Soccerweb. He does this at the same time as trumpeting Southsiders Inc’s free speech rights vis-a-vis the Whitecaps. I won’t be silenced by such silly comments, and will continue to exercise my free speech rights, thank you very much Mr. President!
Perhaps the President is angry because I have not bought the required membership shares in his new company. I won’t be buying any. I prefer to remain independent, thank you very much. As a supporter of the Vancouver Whitecaps, I have no interest in being co-opted and answerable to any “President”. This new organization is most certainly NOT the Southsiders of the past, who once had an independent and critical approach to the club. Despite Mr Presidents protestations to the contrary, it seems the recent honeymoon with the club is so sweet the Whitecaps have been allowed to turn their back on the club’s traditional colours with no opposition whatsoever from Southsiders Inc. I suppose getting seats in the new stadium where you want them is far more important than Vancouver Whitecaps traditions.
What is the point of joining a fan organization that will not defend the colours of the Vancouver Whitecaps? Does Mr President not even care that the Vancouver Whitecaps now look more like Tottenham Hotspur than the Vancouver Whitecaps? One of the points of having a fan group is to staunchly defend the club’s traditions. By simply rolling over and dying on the Whitecaps abandonment of its classic uniform, colours and logo, Southsiders Inc. is falling down on the job in my view. I suppose it can probably be explained by the fact that Mr President and most of his company were not even born when we won the Soccer Bowl in 1979. If it didn’t happen 15 minutes ago, I suppose it is not worth remembering at all.
The uncaring attitude of Vancouver Whitecaps fan groups towards the teams traditional colours and logo stands in stark contrast to Portland Timber’s fan groups, who are aggressively holding their team’s feet to the fire over changes to their uniform and logo which are relatively small compared to the Whitecaps own ditching of its traditions:
Perhaps it is time to move down the I5 to Portland where there is at least some pride in club tradition. I’m not going anywhere however, and I WILL continue to defend my beloved club’s traditions and exercise my free speech rights in spite of what the President of Southsiders Inc. says. That is the beauty of being independent of such groups.
For those of you who can remember beyond 15 minutes ago, and are willing to remember the brave and wonderful lads of 1979 who brought this city one of its proudest moments, please remember them along with me in considering the great and classic football uniform they once wore, now shamefully abandoned by Vancouver Hotspur FC and Southsiders Inc. both: