It’s been a sports-filled weekend here at the E-I-C’s household, as all the best weekends are. Attending a sporting event in the US tends to involve a lot of great rituals, chief among which is tailgating – grilling and drinking in a stadium parking lot with plenty of other like-minded individuals. This happens rain, shine, or snow, but yesterday’s game – the home opener for the Colorado Rapids of MLS – was played under gorgeous blue skies, the weather warm and welcoming.
The terraces that C38, the supporters group of the Rapids, have blocked out aren’t the biggest or fanciest, but the men and women who occupy the them every home game have boundless energy. They may not always follow the game closely – that much chanting and flag-waving is hard work – but it’s always fun to see the way their enthusiasm spreads. And everyone enjoys a rousing “who ate all the pies” chant at the goalkeeper, right?*
“Fan engagement” is a phrase that gets thrown around a lot – right alongside “grow the game” – but what it boils down to is fans finding something that hooks them in, whether it’s the camaraderie of the tailgate, the songs in the terraces, a player with magic in his feet or hands or stick, or a rivalry that burns deep. When we talk about these things here at TOH, we do it with the understanding that we as engaged fans are a part of the magic recipe that makes going to a game so special. Whether it’s cheering the anthem at the Madhouse on Madison, singing along in the terraces, calling out another fan for homophobia or racism, or making our voices heard to the front offices of our club, we create the atmosphere that we want to be a part of.
We have that power.
Thanks for spending another week singing from the terraces with us at TOH. We’ve had a lot of great articles this week – if you’ve missed any, now is the time to catch up!
- Lacy K Fuller talked about the importance of staying hydrated in this week’s Tips For An Active Lifestyle.
- Beth Boyle Machlan drew a compelling portrait of the Shakespearean rivalry between the Rangers and the Islanders.
- In this week’s Equipment Manager, E Lipes gave us some great pointers for our next trip to Portland, Oregon.
- We debuted Hockey Debutante, a new series where an anonymous hockey writer learns to play the game in her 30s.
- Faith Mitchell told us her origin story as a Liverpool fan with “One Night In Athens”.
- Hannah Bevis talked about the impact of the Boston Blades’ victory in the Clarkson Cup.
- #TME rounded up all the most compelling stories in women’s sports in her new feature, The Neighborhood.
Thanks for another great week, readers! As always – if you have something to say, the comments are open, or you can tweet us @OtherHalfSports. And if you’re interested in writing for us, send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
*That fat bastard, that fat bastard, he ate all the pies.