Whitecaps vs. Toronto FC

We all thought it was going in, but it hit the post. :(

Last night was fun going to watch the game at Empire Field. The Whitecaps put up a good fight. After a boring first half, they totally dominated the second one. They had many chances to score but, in the end, a fluke goal for Toronto deflected by a Whitecaps player into his own net helped them tie the game at 1-1 at the 73rd minute.

Crossbar!

Unintentional arabesque

The goalie was sure he was done for... How could we miss that?!!! :s

It was great being seated — ermmm… standing — in section 217. Lots of colorful supporters chanted throughout the game.

Section 217 supporters

Section 217 supporters

Drunk Supporter
Section 217 supporter

I can’t write everything they said, but here are some of the highlights off the field:

– They started off chanting “Come to 2-1-7!… Come to 2-1-7!…”
– Another chant: “Vancouver… Vancouver… We’re blue, we’re white, we’re [put your favorite expletive here] dynamite!”
– Humming loudly the chorus to song “Just Can’t Get Enough
– Someone brought a beach ball and people started playing with it. When one of the colorful fans screwed up and sent the ball flying off the stands, his buddies we’re unapologetic and they (dozens) started chanting “IT’S ALL YOUR FAULT!!!” and pointing the finger. LOL
– When a Toronto player would “injure” himself (literally, I think lol), they’d chant “Same old Toronto… Always cheating!”
– We missed the Canucks game, but we got updates here and there, including a “7-2” chant. lol

The ref gave a bad call... "Ooooo...ooooo..oooooh... YOU FAT BASTARD!" lol

As you can see, it was a lot of fun being around that area — if you don’t mind standing the whole game. I sit all day at my computer, so it didn’t bother me… We definitely had the most animated section of the stadium (even beating the drummers which played now and then, here and there, but not as often as these guys).

By the way, if you haven’t been to Empire field yet, check it out, it’s a great venue for any game! :)

Empire Field is a great venue for any game!

The Lions, serving as a nice backdrop to the stadium

Go Whitecaps!

Funny that my “game” report has more content from off the field. lol  Football is not my favorite sport to watch (love to play, though), but it still was worth it, totally. It helps to have had a free FIFA Soccer 11 XBox 360 game with my Groupon deal, too. :)

“Deal of the Day” sites for Vancouver

You know you’re hot when Google wants you. Such was the case with Groupon recently, although they rejected Google’s 6 billion dollar bid. :o  Groupon and the “social buying” phenomenon that it is is so popular that it’s set to become the fastest business to earn a billion dollars in sales in a year, ever.

Seeing the potential of social buying, a lot of  other “deal of the day” sites have sprung up lately and it’s all the better for us consumers. :)  I’m kinda new to this myself; it seems to me that 50% – 70% off whatever product or service a company has to offer is the norm, although these “deal of the day” sites claim we should see offers upwards of 90% or more once in a while. I have yet to see those jaw-dropping offers myself, but I’m not gonna complain at getting something at “just” 50% off either, you know? :) I would think these sites might hurt a long time favorite of mine, the “Entertainment” coupon booklet, unless they switch to this type of “deal of the day” site as well.

So far, I can vouch for these sites:

http://www.groupon.com/
http://livingsocial.com/
http://dealoftheday.redflagdeals.com/deal/vancouver/

And I just found out about this one:

http://www.facebook.com/socialshopper

I was a bit suspicious when their email showed up in red warning color in my email inbox, but after looking at their Facebook page, I guess they must be legit, with almost 7,500 people who like them? I have bought a deal from them; I’ll let you know if I still have all my money soon enough. :)

Let’s hope that these sites will become so popular that they’ll have a huge backlog of partners waiting for their turn and “deal of the day” just won’t cut it anymore. Instead, a “bundle of the day” will be in order, giving us consumers us a plethora of deals to consider every day. :D

Let me know if you have some more sites to recommend.  In this beautiful but expensive city, we need all the deals we can get! :p

UPDATE: Everything is fine with Social Shopper… I was able to redeem my voucher without any issues at the restaurant. As much as I’d been a fan of the Entertainment booklet for a long time, I must say that this is even better (all those deal sites, not just Social Shopper) since those vouchers act like gift cards and you can use them to buy whatever you want. At the restaurant, this means you’re not limited to just entrees; you can use the voucher to buy appies, desserts or even alcohol if you want (unless the fine print says otherwise). Sorry Entertainment… It was good while it lasted. lol

I found yet another deal site:

http://www.stealthedeal.com/vancouver

UPDATE #2: Yet a couple more sites to add:

http://www.dealfind.com/vancouver/ (seems to be legit, after checking out this blog)
http://www.teambuy.ca/vancouver/ (they appeared on the “Dragons Den” on CBC, so…)