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Hey Guys, I'm still pretty new to the forum here, but I gotta say I'm pretty hooked. Just have a few things I would like to say, and hopefully you will understand their relevance by the end: I grew up an average Canadian Soccer fan. That is to say, a fan of soccer, but not really a fan of the Canadian National Team. Was it my fault? Partially yes, but not entirely. My dad was never really a big sports fan, being basically a casual fan of the jays, oilers, leafs and Canadian Hockey, so I wasn't really inundated with being a fan of any one sport or team in particular. I was in the camp of "I'd root for Canada when we were good", as were most of my soccer playing buddies in YT. I know that doesn't sit well with everyone on this forum, but I'm going to try to make a point(hopefully of optimism). I was aware that the Canadian National Team was pretty, well, terrible, but was always hopeful about a day when I could be proud to call myself a Canadian Soccer fan. I grew up following Arsenal, and after their incredible undefeated season in 2003-2004, I was hooked at 12. My friends followed AC Milan, Chelsea and the like. The only knowledge I had of the voyageurs was some vague inclination that it had something to do with Canoes, the pioneers, and, for some reason, the Canadian National Soccer Team. I was born in 1989, so I have absolutely no recollection of the miracle run that landed CanMNT in their only ever World Cup. All I can do is try to imagine the cinderella-like story that got us there. The last couple of years, I was just going about my life, trying to figure out what my purpose in life was, spending ungodly amounts on tuition and the general debauchery of a 18-23 year old. Enter Depression. Spending way too much time pouring over the potential scenarios for world disaster, all the things I couldn't possibly fix about the world, all my own self defeating patterns of thought. Whats the point of this? I don't know, perhaps I just want you guys to know the guy who's got a bunch of crazy ideas to help push the Voyaguers into popular culture, so it isn't just some asshole on the internet who's a little too keen. If anyone else has a story they're willing to share, I'd love to hear it. The fact that I can even share this much with a big group of people on the internet and expect not to get flamed, I think, is a testament to just how awesome this community is (quite frankly, I've been amazed by you guys in my couple of months here). Which brings me to my actual point. It is an absolute shame that it took me this long to hear about you guys. An absolute travesty. We(and forgive me for counting myself among you this quickly, but as I said y'all seem like an accepting bunch) NEED to get this out there. Whatever it takes. There is something special about Canada. Simultaneously our greatest strength, and our greatest weakness, its our heterogeneity. US has the melting pot, we have the cultural mosaic. Canada literally means "The village" and the voyageurs is a little cross section of that. So what I'm hoping to inspire here is a pie-in-the-sky discussion about ways to generate press. The crazier the better. How can we make enough of a racket that the whole country stands up and takes notice. I'll kick it off with a few ideas but lets get creative and use that improve Yes-and mentality. No idea is too far-fetched to run with, if its YOUR idea. 1. Stickers - posters are alright, but they aren't nearly as versatile. The legality of plastering every surface in your town may be a little questionable, but in terms of effectiveness, it can be put places that posters can't. We all should be carrying around a pocketful of voyageurs logos at all times(IMO) for these types of places. 2. The Voyageurs Network - I recently noticed people offering to house other voyaguers if they were willing to make the trip to see the WCQ in Van. Thats something worth talking about. I find it hard to believe that fans of any other national team would be willing to do the same thing, at least on the scale that we do(and if they do, well then we can omit that part of the story). We should flush this out, and make it part of our advertising(perhaps on said stickers?) and create a sort of BnB/meet fellow canadians sort of angle. Perhaps at a larger scale there might be issues, but thats a bridge we could cross when we got to it. 3. Vice sports - I've heard plenty of chatter about SN and TSN not giving adequate coverage to the CanMNT and the voyageurs, and while there seems to be nothing that we can really do about that, this "Voyaguers Network" seems like a story right up the alley of Vice. They tend to be willing to cover things that the main networks are unwilling to go out on a limb for. 4. Stacking the Social Media Deck - I recently watched the Julian Assange Movie, and was fascinated by how he was able to create something so massive (Wikileaks) which so relatively few people at first. I know it's a little, well, unethical, but what about each voyageur creating 3 or 4 fake facebook accounts to pad both our group, and like totals on important CanMNT team/Voyaguer articles. Its a little bit of work, but if we did it en masse it could make us seem even "Cooler" than we are. I don't know, maybe some of these are dumb, but as I said before, whats the harm in getting a bit crazy when you're brainstorming. FFS it's called "brainstorming" Cheers folks, as far as I'm concerned we have until Nov 13 to make as much F@#$ing racket as we can. Busy as beavers.