July 20, 2011
As soon as the whistle blew silence fell over the stadium with the exception of some screaming girls (The Sons of Ben.... I keeeeeeed I keeeeeed). When the 16th minute was over and we started our song and walkout the SoB's in attendance sat down and were silent to show support for our protest. We can't thank them enough and it was a real show of class, especially from a group that we do not have the best history with. In addition many people seated around the stadium stood up and clapped in support of us when the walkout began, that meant a lot to the supporters who decided to take part.
What this all comes down to is that it is a shot across the bow of the Revolution's FO, a leveling of the playing field perhaps. Sunday's protest showed that we too in fact have power and know how to use it when need be. We can only hope that this puts pressure on the team to open up more and be more transparent and that it makes MLS step up and start putting pressure on the team as well. This protest was publicly pushed as a reaction to the events that occurred at the Chicago Fire game and it appears that movement is being made on those issues. However this protest took on a lot more issues for a lot of people many of which we touched upon here. Some people say that the protest should be ongoing, and that we should do it every game, others think it was too much. What this says to me is that we did exactly the right thing and executed it the right way. I for one at this time am not ready to advocate for repeated protests.
Hopefully this is the end of Fortgate.
One final note despite our issues with the ownership of the team, we would like to extend our condolences to the Kraft family after the passing of Myra Kraft today. Myra Kraft was a well liked figure in the New England area and did a lot of good and charitable work for the people in this region. Her presence will be missed.
All photos by Evan Whitney, Evan has previously written for us here. If you would like a Support The Fort t-shirt please click here.