Whitecapsfanblog Thrown Off Whitecaps FC FanzoneJuly 5, 2010 at 1:20 am | Posted in Vancouver Whitecaps, Whitecaps New Uniform and Logo, Whitecaps Season 2010 | 8 Comments
At one time my blog posts were automatically printed in the Fanzone section of the Vancouver WhitecapsFC web page. Recently, this has been discontinued due to my outspoken criticism of the new logo and uniform the Whitecaps have brought forth. I have not been told as much, but the connection is clear to make.
My feelings on the new uniform and logo are by now well known and can be read on my blog. To summarize, I am deeply upset that the Whitecaps have thrown away their traditional uniform for what I consider an inferior product which bears no relationship to club traditions. While I respect people’s decision to buy the club’s new merchandise if they wish, I will not be buying any of it because I strongly feel it is disrespectful of club history and traditions.
Perhaps it is all for the best I have been given the boot from the Whitecaps site. I want to say that there are no hard feelings about being kicked off of the Whitecaps FC site. I do not expect the Whitecaps to print material that they do not approve of. It is their site after all. I also appreciate the fact that the Whitecaps have published my blog on their site (I should add I did not ask for them to do so, but I was quite happy to have this done). I am thankful and grateful to the Whitecaps for the courtesy they have shown to me in featuring my blog on their site, and I say so honestly, without irony or sarcasm.
I am not thankful or grateful that, as a long time supporter of the Whitecaps and the 86ers, I had no opportunity to be consulted on the new uniform or logo. I have fervently supported the Whitecaps since I was 14 years old back in 1979. I played for the Whitecaps youth team as a boy, and am proud to say I actually pulled on the uniform to play for the Vancouver Whitecaps, even if only in an amateur capacity. I have spoken at Vancouver City Hall and written letters on behalf of the team in the stadium effort. I have volunteered my time with the Whitecaps in helping them to advocate for the club’s interests. My family and I have supported the team by buying season’s tickets and Whitecaps merchandise for many years.
While I recognize the Whitecaps had no real obligation to consult me or anybody else for that matter, would it have hurt the Whitecaps to do so?
Perhaps the Whitecaps should take a leaf out of the Seattle Sounders book and learn to use direct democracy where season’s ticket holders are concerned in the manner in which they conduct themselves and make decisions. In spite of the fact I have been a long time supporter, I have absolutely no idea what the process was by which the new uniform or logo was finalized. In my view it is shoddy treatment of long time supporters to not consult with them. I have dutifully filled out the surveys the Whitecaps sent me year after year in order to let the Whitecaps know how their organization is doing vis-a-vis its season ticket holders. Yet, when it came down to making a fundamental decision, long time supporters of the club who feel very seriously about the club’s traditions were not consulted. I feel very disappointed the Whitecaps have acted this way.
I can only conclude the big time of the MLS has gone to the Whitecap’s heads to the point where we don’t matter any more. Frankly, I think it is a disgrace the Whitecaps have forgotten us and acted in this manner. The sad new reality is that long-time supporters and their views clearly do not matter to the Whitecaps, and this is a terrible shame on the club. Again, I blame the new CEO for this approach. The buck stops with Paul Barber, and he must take responsibility for this. The new Paul Barber-led MLS reality looks like a cold new world. I feel we simply don’t matter anymore.
In any event, I will continue to write my blog and will criticize the club when I feel it is right and fair to do so. Frankly, I do not think it is a bad thing for the Whitecaps to face the feelings of long-time supporters. Other Whitecaps supporters groups seem to be so star-struck by the upcoming glamour of the MLS they have seemingly lost their ability to criticize the club. Someone has to do the job and it might as well be me.
I must say this whole episode has damaged my relationship with the club and left a very bad taste in my mouth. Yes, I will buy my season’s tickets and will support the club I love in the hope it will change for the better. I guess the bottom line is protected for the Vancouver Whitecaps FC so far as my money is concerned. But, the fundamental question is, is that all they now really care about ?