Wednesday, June 10, 2015

"We Will Travel Anywhere:" A Ride to Columbus With Chicago Fire Supporters

Much is made of the sense of community, the brotherhood, the sisterhood, the overwhelming sense of family that is engendered by fandom, whatever the sport may be. Supporting your team, through thick and thin, both near and far, being part of a like-minded collective is something that most of us cherish, and for those of us that are fortunate to be a part of such a tribe, there is very little to compete with it in terms of the pride it inspires, the passion it stirs and the enjoyment it gives us.

On Friday, May 22, I was lucky enough to gatecrash such a gathering, as a busload of hardy Chicago Fire fans assembled in the early hours of the morning for the not-so-local derby against Midwest rivals Columbus Crew SC. Just a simple matter of a 12-hour round trip to support their idols, their heroes, their team.

A motley crew of all ages, backgrounds and dispositions came together to show their love for their team in the best way they knew how, bedecked in red, white and blue and with optimistic thoughts of putting one over their closest foes. There were bartenders and students on board. Paramedics, a professor of Religious Studies and even the President of NASL club Indy Eleven, Peter Wilt, of course better known to Fire fans as the club’s first President and GM, joined us in Indianapolis. 

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