The Daily Wave: 2013 Colorado Rapids: A Toxic Fan Culture Redux

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A call for all fans points of view to be considered and not just thrown away

Last September "Bulldog" Ben wrote a great article discussing the toxicity that had become the culture of fans of the Colorado Rapids. The article focused more on the Rapids Front Office and what they could do to alleviate some of the toxicity. While there is still a lot of toxicity towards the Front Office, I want to focus on something that I have noticed more and more recently.

"And fans? I've got simple points for you. Lest you think I'm being too one-sided:

Don't be a dick, even if it feels like it's what you have to do.

Use facts whenever possible.

Remember that every fan has an important part to play in the club regardless of whether or not they agree with you.

And write 3000+ word articles to beat people into submission when all else fails. joking! only joking!

The Front Office and First Team, the entire Rapids organization, can stop this if they work together to turn the club around both in terms of on field performance and results and in terms of supporting a healthy fan culture. At least, from my perspective as a blogger and fan of the club. I may be wrong in that I don't have enough information to support my case, but I challenge anyone to tell my that my suggestions would actually hurt the club and not help.

If that's not #OneClub, I don't know what is."

This was the end of Ben’s article last year; a pretty clear call to action to the fans. But what I continue to see is fans claiming they are better fans than others, or they are more hardcore than others. You know what? IT DOES NOT MATTER. We are all fans of the same team. Whether you are a season ticket holder, a member of the new combined supporters group, or you like to watch the game in the freezing tundra of Minnesota (wink, wink).

Earlier this week Mile High Sports put out a great article about the atmosphere and experience that is a Rapids game. The biggest part that I had a problem with was calling C38 the most dedicated fans. To a point they are SOME of the most dedicated, creating that tifo for that game definitely took a ton of hard work and dedication. But to single out that group that made up only around 10% of the entire crowd that night tells every other fan that they aren’t worth the time.

The announced attendance on Saturday night was over 15k. To discount the 13 thousand plus fans that are not a part of the supporters terrace or section 108 is a slap in the face to the many that are just as die hard about this team, and support it just as much. What WE as Rapids supporters need to realize is that EVERY VOICE matters. Lets stop the backbiting over who is more dedicated, and just remember that we all love this team in our own ways. Hopefully we can move past the sophomoric stance that seems to be prevalent right now.

I’ll leave you once again with Bulldog Ben’s words:

Don't be a dick, even if it feels like it's what you have to do.

Use facts whenever possible.

Remember that every fan has an important part to play in the club regardless of whether or not they agree with you.
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