This week, the Section 8 Chicago community suffered a heartbreaking loss. We have sadly lost a long-time Chicago Fire supporter, Armando Chapa, who was friends with countless other Fire fans.
We also sorrowfully received news that Fire supporter Suzanne Ryan lost her son Lochlainn Ryan this week. Suzanne has brought kindness and warmth to our community, and our love and sympathy is with her.
This is not the first time our community has faced adversity. We, of course, come together in good times, but what is more notable is how we unite when one of our own faces tragedy. Nicole Hack (S8C Director of Communications 2015-16) speaks of her own experience when facing the loss of her father, “The support and love I received from the Section 8 Chicago community since 2010 when my dad passed has been refreshing. I’m forever thankful for the comfort other Fire supporters (my Fire fam) shared with my family and me over the years.”
As we remember Armando and Lochlainn, we also remember those we have lost before them – Dan Parry, Brandon Kitchens, Euan McLean, Al Hack, Lauren Bovis, and others. Like the support the Hack family received, we hope that we can provide similar care to those who are currently grieving over the loss of a loved one.
During this heartbreaking time, we stand together. We embrace those who need us. We will always rise above.
A red heart can never be broken.
“Shame. Shame. Shame.” For followers of HBO’s “Game of Thrones”, those words recall the scene of Cersei Lannister’s walk of atonement. But on May 13, when the Chicago Fire hosted the Seattle Sounders, those in attendance sporting neon green apparel found themselves being the ones shamed.
If you happened to be at Saturday’s tailgate, you probably saw a bearded individual dressed as what looked like a nun following around Seattle away supporters, ringing a bell, and chanting “shame” at them. Their crime? Being a Sounders fan, of course.
A long-time Fire supporter took it upon himself to don Game of Thrones-inspired apparel and recreate the scene at Toyota Park. That is, publicly shaming those wearing the opposing colors. And few were safe from being shamed for their decision to support the Sounders side. Needless to say, Fire fans and followers of HBO’s hit show alike reveled in the display. And after the Fire beat Seattle 4-1, well, it can be assumed Sounders fans had to feel some post-match shame.
It may be April, but as fans, we know the grind to make the playoffs in MLS. I’ve long hated the Revolution. It was a rivalry built out of failures by the Fire. Knocked out by the Revs 3 straight years, 2005-2007, in the playoffs was heartbreaking. I was lucky enough to witness the 2007 match in New England with a group of 30. Taylor Twellman’s bicycle kick happened right in front of us to secure the winner. Paolo Wanchope’s leap over the Revs bench to get a ball out of bounds for a throw in also happened right in front of us. I reckon it was the most inspired thing he did while wearing a Fire jersey.
The Fire got their revenge in 2008 winning on aggregate 3-0 in Eastern Conference semi-finals, but the game really sticks out for me is the second leg of the 2009 Eastern Conference semi-finals. Down 2-1 after the first leg, the Fire came up with a truly famous victory.
Last year’s U.S. Open Cup semi-final loss in New England re-ignited that rivalry for myself. 50 of us travelled out to Foxborough on Tuesday night to watch the Fire lose, and for some it was their 4th time watching the Fire get eliminated in a competition in New England. It was my second time.
I fucking hate the Revolution, plain and simple. I hope to see new and old faces out there on Saturday. Grab your tickets here.
Chair, Section 8 Chicago