Let’s Dance.

 Posted by on September 8, 2015  Tifo  1 Response »
Sep 082015
 

I’ve been watching from a safe distance for months as the tifo crew went through the planning and testing and adjusting process for the end-of-season display. They are an intrepid group, a group that works harder than most will ever know.

Any late interest in Plan F: Rent a big disco ball and have it light up the rafters?

Ideas were proposed, discussed, changed, scrapped, reborn. There was an elaborate contraption made of pvc and connectors, a weather balloon, strings of LED lights that went unused.

Learned an unhappy lesson this afternoon – trim your fingernails before inflating a weather balloon.

Trial and error, opportunities for learning and laughing and growing and groaning. Brilliant 2 a.m. ideas faded in the light of morning and were replaced by even more brilliant ideas. People floated in and out of the discussion and then, at long last, fabric was laid out and paint brushes taken up and a beautiful thing happened.

Let's Dance: the 2015 end of season display. Photo courtesy of Jeff Wong and ProstAmerika.

Let’s Dance: the 2015 end of season display. Photo courtesy of Jeff Wong and ProstAmerika.

Simple and elegant, it said so many things. By the time it was raised, the Thorns were already outside of the playoff picture but, despite a disappointing season, we still saw them as the Belles of the Ball.

They are the reason we do what we do. They are why we show up en masse. They are the catalyst for the magic that happens in the sometimes indecipherable minds of the tifo crew.

Is helium actually a need?

I look at the work that’s created by this group of folks and I know just how lucky we are to have them. Working with materials that have been salvaged from previous displays and often donating materials they’ve gathered, they create short-lived works of art for the express purpose of delivering a message to the players on the field and, perhaps to a greater extent, the world.

We support you, our beloved Thorns. We know this season did not go according to plan, but we’re still here. Let’s dance.

 

Where every game means the world.

 Posted by on April 12, 2015  Tifo  2 Responses »
Apr 122015
 

Okay, so I’ll just get this out of the way: Allie Long made me cry.

It’s happened before. Vero made me cry more than once last year. Her passion for the game, her disappointment at losses, her love for the fans: her outward expression of these things brought tears from me regularly. Alex Morgan made me cry once when she herself was nearly in tears over the frustration she felt in herself over a less-than-stellar performance coming off an injury. There are pictures of Mana Shim in tears after a hard loss last year that invoke the No One Ever Cries Alone clause in my emotional contract with society at large.

But I didn’t expect it from Allie.

“I’ve said it a million times: my goal is to go to the World Cup or the Olympics so I’m just striving to keep improving and keep getting better,” she told the assembled media post-match.”The NWSL means everything. It’s all that I have to grow and get better each day, to achieve what I want for myself and the team.”

The NWSL means everything.

Listening to her answer questions about being one of the players expected to be in Portland for the full season rather than being called in to World Cup play, it was hard not to wonder how much that hurts. I think there’s still a part of her that believes there’s still a chance she’ll find herself in Canada this summer. And, in my humble and very biased opinion, I think she deserves to be there.

But the reality is this: it might take a lot of stars aligning to get her there.

And that, dear friends, was the point of the tifo.

I saw a fair few people post on Twitter and Facebook about how tonight’s tifo was a tribute to the players who will be playing in the World Cup this year. Well, sure, but it was more than that.

It was a tribute to those players who come from all over the world to play here, to play for us. It was a tribute to those players who pull on a Thorns shirt and play for the love of the club and have no aspiration to play for a national team. It was a tribute to those players who’ve had their shot at international play but won’t make the final roster heading into the World Cup.

Because here, in Portland, in Soccer City, USA, every match means the world.

Where every game means the world - Rose City Riveters tifo for Thorns v. Breakers, 04/11/15 - Photo courtesy of Ray Terrill.

Where every game means the world – Rose City Riveters tifo for Thorns v. Breakers, 04/11/15 – Photo courtesy of Ray Terrill.

There are dozens of little stories that could be told about the making of this tribute to our players: a last minute change of production venue when the first layers of paint weren’t yet dry that caused new swear words to be created; the hours and hours of work by dozens of volunteers who abandoned their families, their work, their friends and their normal lives; the absolute, collective refusal to let it be anything short of perfect. And those are the stories you’ll be a part of when you answer the next call for volunteers.

 

Art History 101

 Posted by on August 17, 2014  Players, Tifo  13 Responses »
Aug 172014
 

Today’s display was a gallery of art for our players. The main banner image was Pablo Picasso’s bouquet of flowers with a quote which means “Everything you can imagine is real.”

The front banner was based on Piet Mondrian’s Broadway Boogie Woogie.

And then there were the two-sticks. Riveters painted a custom banner for each player, and we presented them to the players after the match.

Jackie Acevedo was based on Frida Kahlo’s “Self-portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird”.
Nadine Angerer was based on posters from the Bauhaus school, particularly the work of Joost Schmidt.
Michelle Betos was based on Fernand Leger’s “Woman with a Book”.
Vero Boquete was based on a detail from “Las Meninas” by Diego Velázquez.
Amber Brooks was based on Robert Indiana’s“LOVE”.
Steph Catley was based on Aboriginal dot paintings.
Sinead Farrelly was based on “Portrait of Maggie Wilson” by Frank Duveneck.
Tobin Heath was based on the work of Bob Ross.
Sarah Huffman was based on Raymond Kaskey’s Portlandia statue.
Angie Kerr was based on the work of Patrick Nagel.
Allie Long was based on Andy Warhol’s Marilyn Monroes.
Nikki Marshall was based on M.C. Escher’s “Hand with Reflecting Sphere”.
Emily Menges was based on the work of Keith Haring.
Jessica McDonald was based on Laylah Ali’s Greenheads series.
Alex Morgan was based on Johannes Vermeer’s “Girl with a Pearl Earring”.
Rebecca Moros was based on old Samurai woodblock prints.
Courtney Niemiec was based on the work of Roy Lichtenstein.
Mana Shim was based on Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa”.
Christine Sinclair was based on Marcel Duchamp’s “Nude Descending a Staircase”.
Kat Tarr was based on Rosie the Riveter by Norman Rockwell.
Hanna Terry was based on “Woman with Braid” by Jacques Lipchitz.
And Rachel Van Hollebeke was based on Sandro Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus”.

We Louvre our Portland Thorns!

Edit: LOOK at these wonderful pictures on Twitter from @kellehel! If you didn’t see the two-sticks or the front banner, here they are.
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And this one from Amber Brooks shows the big banner, two-sticks, and front banner: looky

Mar 292014
 

We’re raffling off match tickets to benefit the Rose City Riveters tifo fund! Drawing will be held Friday, April 4 at 12 noon.

  • First prize: 2 TA tickets to Timbers v. Seattle 4/5 12pm, plus 2 GA tickets to Thorns v. FCKC 4/26 7pm (home opener)
  • Second prize: 2 GA tickets to Thorns v. FCKC 4/26
  • Third prize: 1 GA ticket to Thorns v. FCKC 4/26

(Thorns tickets will be emailed to winners after 4/14 when they become available in our STH accounts.)

[Updated 4/4/14] Congrats to our winners!

  • First prize: Sam Haffey
  • Second prize: Dawn Bauman
  • Third prize: Jay Wuitschick

Thanks again to all who entered for contributing to the Rose City Riveters tifo fund!

Aug 052013
 

The 107ist provided the space, the cloth, the paint, and the rigging. It would have been rather more difficult to pull off without these things.

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On the (wo)manpower side, Cory, Holly, and Lexi came up with the idea.
Cory designed it and drew all the players. Holly put the drawings into a computer and pushed the pixels around. Lexi and Mike got everything organized and arranged for the space and for people to help. (60.5 hours)

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On July 22, Cory, Holly, Chrissie, Igor, and Michelle spent a night tracing the first half of the image onto cloth. Then, on July 25, Holly, Chrissie, Michelle, Rachel, and Nichol spent another night tracing the second half. (43.5 hours)

 

 
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July 27 was the big day. Holly, Chrissie, Igor, Michelle, Rachel, Lexi, Richard, Patch, Kevin, Sara, Joshua, Chuckles, Sato, Miranda, Richard, Brittney, Justin, Jade, Luke, John, Marcello, Julie, Todd, Vanessa, Warren, Paul, Kristin, Mo, Kim, Marnie, Syd, Janet, Patrick, Megan, Thomas, Isabella, Teresa, Heather, and Gabby spent a beautiful afternoon indoors and painted the whole thing including the explosion two-sticks. Straight From New York donated a whole pile of delicious pizzas at the painting party. They are Thorns fans and we love them. (186.25 hours)

On July 30, Cory, Holly, Chrissie, and Rachel went back for another night to do touchups and repaint the green grass which had originally been painted an unfortunate wan shade of guacamole. (22 hours)

Then, on August 1, Cory, Holly, Chrissie, Michelle, Rachel, Lexi, Richard, Patch, Luke, Todd, Paul, Kristin, Kim, Marnie, Gabby,  Nissa, and Kristen rolled streamers, taped instruction sheets to them, and did some last touchups on the paint and spent some time finalizing the Cindy Parlow Cone element. (42 hours)

Game day was August 4. Cory, Holly, Chrissie, Igor, Michelle, Lexi, Patch, Chuckles, Sato, Todd, Vanessa, Paul, Kristin, Kim, Marnie, Janet, Teresa, Gabby, Nick, Alex, Kris, Heidi, John, Lane, Jonanna, Todd, Mike, RyanRhonda, Doug, Sara, Dennis, Sunday, Lora, and a ton of wonderful volunteers pulled ropes, lifted heavy things, distributed streamers and flags, and generally pitched in to make the whole thing happen on game day. (20.5+ hours)

So, 60+ people (374.75+ person-hours) and a staggering amount of donated material. That’s where it came from.

Please support the 107ist. We would absolutely not have been able to do any of this without them. This organization is a major part of what makes us the best supporters in the league. You can support by joining them or by buying Riveters or Timbers Army merchandise.

Thank you all so much for everything you did to make this happen. Here’s hoping we need another one for the playoffs. Stay tuned.