Open Letter to the 1906 Ultras

Dear. Mr. and Mrs. Ultras,

I feel compelled to write you as it seems your kids have suffered from some unfortunate misguidance. I don’t want to raise any alarms, and am not looking to get anyone in trouble. I am merely concerned with their inability to play well with others.

It’s unfortunate that the kids are based in San Jose. Being commonly regarded as the “third-of-three” city in the Bay Area would be tough on most kids. Nobody remembers the bronze medalist at the Olympics, or the second runner-up at the Miss America pageant, so nobody can fault the kids for having an inferiority complex.

Also, your neighbors that do share their common interests aren’t really neighbors at all. The kids to the north (Portland, Seattle, Vancouver) tend to focus on each other, and have done so since the 70’s. The other two kids (Los Angeles and Chivas USA) are forced to focus on each other due to some kind of lame experiment being orchestrated from the east coast.

Basically, it’s not your fault that your kids are stuck with a label of “double outcast.” They’re just isolated by geography and cultural upbringing.

The real unfortunate part is that your kids have already got a good thing going right there in San Jose. Your kids get to watch a high-performing soccer team in their own back yard in a setting that allows them a level of access that your neighbors don’t have. Once the new stadium is completed, that level of access will be greatly reduced. I would implore them to appreciate it while they can.

After reviewing their tifo display from last night’s match against the Timbers, I think it may be in the best interest of your kids to seek help from professionals. Your so-called neighbors rarely go to great expense (in time, effort and money) to simply call out the opponent in a manner that doesn’t make much sense, regardless of whether it was intended to be serious or humorous. Instead, this display simply revealed the fact that your kids desperately want attention from someone (or some people) that really couldn’t be more indifferent about them. It made us feel sad for them.

Please do what you can to turn your kids’ attention back onto their own team, especially since that team is currently in first place, and is worthy of it. Their efforts would be better spent inspiring their own team rather than forcing the opponents’ fans to scratch their heads.


Andrew Brawley
Treasurer/Secretary, Neighborhood Watch


This is an opinion piece and does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the 107ist or the TA.

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151 Responses to Open Letter to the 1906 Ultras

  1. Mike says:

    Well look on the bright side: It may have been confusing, but at least it was poorly executed.

  2. joe oneill says:

    I really have no idea what that TIFO is supposed to mean? Are those sheep or dogs? Of course Merritt is pulling the strings… he’s the owner. The only reason I’d ever find myself in San Jose is to attend a trade show, otherwise, a pretty boring place to live. It’s obvious they have way too much time on their hands.

  3. Matthew Ryan says:

    I wonder what inspired that. Weirdly nonsensical. And if they in fact do have inspiration, could they please get a second song to sing?

  4. 1906 says:

    It’s funny that in an attempt to prove how insignificant we are you’ve proven that with a single tifo we were able to twist your collective panties until even your owner had to take to twitter about it.

  5. Mark Anger says:

    I was at the game last night they also had a banner which read 200k in the bank and no Tifo for your derby. Seemed pretty stupid.

  6. Paul Kenney says:

    I’m not suprised by any of what transpired last night. We were warned by the Angel City Brigade when we went to the LA match last season about the Ultra’s from San Jose. They’ve apparently had run-ins with other supporter groups as well. And if they want to to make colorful meaningless TIFO’s, I say let them have at it.

  7. Joanne Couchman says:

    They also had a 3rd banner after the half which said “Only P&$$13S meow for attention” with a drawing of the cat from Portlandia sketch.
    Obsessed much?? lol

  8. 1906 Kid says:

    So this is your official response and not the hacking job of our website? Classy!

    We took a dig at you guys for being sellouts. Not once have I heard any evidence to the contrary. Anyway, the adult response here would have been a tifo against us, but instead we get this online bitch fest. And we’re the kids?

    Run ins with other SG’s? You mean with ACB themselves (who try to wait outside for us every time we’re in LA) and ECS (who’s shenanigans you know all too well). Then yeah, I guess you’re right.

  9. Glenn Moore says:

    merritt as a shepherd or replacing the sheep with puppets would’ve made more sense. i’m sure if 1906 stopped and thought about it one out of the fifty of them would’ve realized that.

    in all seriousness though, i think it’s rad that so much time, effort, and money was spent specifically to gain our attention. i think it should be our goal to get one of those from every SG and keep our tifo related to uplifting our team.

    jealousy is a stinky cologne. almost as bad as milipitas.

  10. Benniwise says:

    Who cares? It is good for the game. Rivalries are great.


    • Garrett Dittfurth says:

      San Jose will never be our rival…as much as they’d like to be.

    • Mychal Quintanilla says:

      thats just it… its not a rivalry… at all. I forgot they werent the San Jose Ultra’s until after the game last night.

    • Brad says:

      Can’t be rivals with just every team that has a beef with us. I’m not sure where the hostility from SJ supporters comes from. I’m at the point where I don’t want to see any of them at The Bitter End. They can join the ranks of Shittle, just without the rival/derby/etc parts. For those keeping score it means they are just asshats.

  11. Not 1906 says:

    How is this not a 107ist/TA post? The guy signed it; ‘Treasurer/Secretary’. Yeh, I agree, it’s a weird tifo.

  12. Anonymous Freak says:

    Psst, 1906 Kid:

    This is an opinion piece and does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the 107ist or the TA.

    (In bold, even.)

    How is the Timbers Army a sellout? Have you paid *ANY* attention to the goings-on between Timbers supporters and Merritt Paulson? Any at all?

    Even two months ago, this would have been slightly humorous and misguided. Now? Now it’s a combination of hilariously desperate, and hopelessly out of touch.

    As for replying with tifo? No thanks. If there is tifo when you’re up here, it will be because it is the last match of the season, and will be directed as support for the players on the pitch, not the traveling fans.

    (I was at the San Jose match last year – last year’s tifo was also directed against Portland, not toward your support of your own players. Do you guys just have a massive inferiority complex about the Timbers Army down there?)

  13. coloRADoBen says:

    I’m still scratching my head from a couple years ago when these WHO-ligans came out and polluted our thin air, in our conference match before we won the cup. It may be an act of desperation to form some kind of self worth among other SGs around the league? Or trying to find an actual SG that will stoop to their level of rivalry? Poor kids.

  14. Kevin Alexander says:

    Seemed like a whole lot of time, effort and money that went in to some lame dig at a bunch of people who couldn’t care less about them.

    It’d be like me buying a round-trip ticket so I could fly halfway round the world just to tell Daniel Tosh that’s he not funny.

  15. Benjamin Anderson says:

    Brawley doesn’t speak for all of us.

    Don’t worry San Jose, most of us still don’t give a shit about you.

  16. Top Lad says:

    I think we need to settle this the old fashion way and have a rumble. I got Chugger.

  17. Powell says:

    If it were Gavin it would kinda make sense, but really, all the effort just because your butt hurt we don’t participate in Heritage Cup? Where was this passion when your club packed up and left for the Lone Star state? Kids if your club leaves for Texas to get more customers, you’re doing it wrong…

  18. Paul van Waardenburg says:

    San Jose has a supporters section? Congrats

  19. Luke says:

    it must be very disappointing to have spent all that time and energy and not have the product make any sense. i mean, i can’t imagine how long it took all 5 of their ‘ultras’ to make that non-sensical garbage.

  20. Mark Teipe says:

    Great job Ultras. You freaked your goonies into thinking Timbers colors were more important to you than bule and black. Wondo almost thought thought he was at an away game did you see his meltdown?

  21. Dylan says:

    You want to know what else is hilarious? A fanbase with an on field product so atrocious that they start to believe they actually matter.

  22. Scott Jeffries says:

    Are we sheep or puppets? Or sheep puppets? You guys need to pick one metaphor and stick to it.

    It’s not that it was about us, it’s just that it was weird and nonsensical. We’re not sure what it was supposed to mean. Our SG has no history with your SG and from the people commenting online, you guys don’t really seem to understand how 107ist or the Timbers Army work or what our relationship with Merritt Paulson is. FACT: every single SG in MLS would kill to have the relationship we do with our FO and the amount of freedom and independence they give us. Nobody tells us what to do or what not to do. They’re certainly not getting results on the field right now, but if showing up and supporting our team through thick and thin makes us sheepuppets, I guess we’re guilty as charged.

    Really, it just came across as a bizarre cry for attention. You’re trying to start a fight in hopes we’ll hate you as much as we hate Seattle or something. You know what would have earned our respect? A display like that about YOUR team – you know, your first place team with the league’s leading goal scorer that you were presumably there to see?

  23. Mark Teipe says:

    Yes i said “thought thought”. And wtf is this Goonies stuff anyways? I thought they were in Astoria?

  24. Meow says:

    Who’s meowing now?

  25. Not 1906 says:

    Yes, a small percentage of “Timbers Army” season tickets do go to the 107ist, but that is a fixed-per-ticket amount that was negotiated

    So you admit that your sellouts? You make money off each ST that is bought in TA? So you can afford to make tifo off of money from your FO from ST’s? Sounds like sell outs to me…

    • Joanne Couchman says:

      Nope, tifo is primarily funded by merch sales plus donations and membership dues. Other donations, ST income & remaining membership funds go to doing good in the local community.
      So by your logic helping the local community = selling out.
      This is priceless!

      Edited to add:

      • Rene Siracusa says:

        I don’t even live in Oregon to benefit from the partnership discounts the TA has with many local businesses, but proudly pay my membership dues & buy merchandise from the 107ist store because I know the money goes into the tifo & the many wonderful charities that the TA funds/works with/volunteers for. I doubt that I’m the only TA in exile that pays their dues. That’s not the definition of a sell-out.

  26. Rem says:

    Read half the comments and stopped there. The stupidity on both sides is laughable along with this blog post. Stop feeding the trolls.

  27. Adam Evang says:

    Why hasn’t anyone commented that the Ultras have apparently mistaken Wynalda for Merritt? Can’t wait for the vitriol from Merritt when he takes a closer look. They’re not the closest of friends ;D

  28. McMillan says:

    1906 ‘ultras’ are too damn high!

  29. Meow says:

    Sellouts = giving thousands to local charities. Working with local clubs to grow soccer in the region by rehabbing local soccer fields and in some cases building entirely new ones. Providing scholarships. Packing our stands in the midst of a very trying season when SJ can’t fill their little stadium to watch one of the best teams in the league.

    Yup, guilty as charged.


  30. dave78pdx says:

    Congrats to SJ for winning the Heritage Cup. Again.

  31. Matthew Shields says:

    Can someone go find some more 1906 guys to post on here? I still have more popcorn.

    • Joanne Couchman says:

      I know, they got very quiet all of a sudden didn’t they. Trolling is boring when the other side can’t defend their points with at least a little indignant outrage and then disappear at the first sign they are wrong.
      *sigh* I’m worried for the future of the interwebs.

    • Dylan says:

      Right? Watching TA members who think they are more important than the on field product is hilarious. Wish more 1906 guys would come here so I could laugh at the TA responses.

  32. Erik Keating says:

    That was a fun chant to sing to their mascot. Been stuck in my head since last night.

  33. Amusejoe says:

    Lol, watching that game was pathetic, how does the number one team in the Mls have fan support and a stadium like that, I thought I was watching high school soccer, made the whole game bland. They only put up a tifo because they want to be apart of the biggest rivalry in Mls soccer, which is the northwest teams, an they want to do that because they are trying to build some tv time and fan base off of the rivalry. The city of San Jose should not even have a team of thy is the kind of support they show, they make us soccer look bad.

  34. SS9 says:

    We are not a supporter group. We are Ultras! A whole different story. You have thousands of paid members and you brought 50 last night. We have 300 paid members and we are bringing 150 in Seattle. You pull some lame “agreement with ECS” excuse, for your lack of tifo in the derby. The truth is that you were just lazy, and that out of all your members, you find enough to put together a tifo for your derby. You have numbers, and no quality. You are a joke…Making yourself look like a bunch of clowns, meowing an accepting to be ridiculed in that Portlandia clip, just for some camera time and some attention. That’s what you are. You are average fair weather fans willing to stand and sing. That’s all. You’ll never be Ultra, and you’ll never understand this concept. TA, you are a disgrace! Go cuddle with your buddies from LA. You are all pathetic.

  35. Yoss says:

    Gotta give them credit, probably took a long time to make that tifo with only 20 of them in the section.

  36. savier says:

    you should all just kill yourselves. fuck the ta and 1906 ultras

  37. Brian says:

    Brothers and Sisters…. Can’t we take their SG under our wing and teach them the way? Aren’t there any TA in exile down there that can make the sacrifice and give them a hand? They can’t really be that pathetic, right? They’re just wandering around in the dark. They have a car, they just don’t have any driver’s training other than the bumper cars on the boardwalk. I mean, one of the thirty of them had to have picked up a pointer re “supprters groups” actually supporting their team instead of trying to antagonize others… Right? They probably did, right? (The cookie monster song WAS one of my kids’ favorite chants too…)

    • Chugger says:

      Because I care about the success of North American supporters culture and the Ultras were in such sad shape in 2008, I took it upon myself to design all of their tifo for them for a several years, beginning with Manboobs FC. But as they say, you can lead a sheepuppet to water, but you can’t make it make sense as a tifo metaphor.

  38. TimbersKF says:

    “The behavioral tendency of ultras groups includes the use of flares (primarily in tifo choreography), vocal support in LARGE GROUPS and the displaying of banners at football stadiums, all of which are designed to create an atmosphere which ENCOURAGES THEIR OWN TEAM and intimidates opposing players and supporters”

    Did they miss the memo about large groups and encouraging their own team?

  39. Yoss says:


  40. Mychal Quintanilla says:

    Am I the only one who finds it awfully hilarious to be called a Sheep by people who all spew the same lines that they are being fed by their SG leadership? All being told the same thing, believing it, then spewing it… sounds awfully “sheeplike” to me.

  41. MJ says:

    haha welcome to the world of the 1801 Gurltras…

    All their song have LA in the lyrics or one of our players name.

    Their scarfs have f**k L.A. on them or we hate LA.

    All but one of their displays has been about L.A.

    For hating L.A. they sure do talk about us a lot. LOL

    Thats why we ignore them until they try to act all hard, then you have to smack’em down to the real world.

    Have fun with them, but don’t get stuck on it to much because you might catch fukinretardeditis.

  42. Kristopher Carpenter says:

    I’m honestly flattered they want a rivalry with us. I think it shows how respected and admired we are, having teams attempt to start a tifo war. As for their tifo; it was sub-par, but at least they made one. It’ll get better with time, and who knows? Maybe they will get the rivalry they seem to desperately want. But it won’t be from us. We have our hands full with Vancouver and Seattle.

  43. Meow says:

    Hey Ultras, get your parents to help with this delicious recipe since there is boiling water and you may hurt yourselves!



    Sauerkraut Filling:
    2 tablespoons butter
    1/3 cup chopped onion
    1 1/2 cups sauerkraut, drained and minced
    salt and pepper to taste
    Potato Filling:
    3 tablespoons butter
    1/2 cup chopped onion
    2 cups cold mashed potatoes
    1 teaspoon salt
    1 teaspoon white pepper
    3 egg
    1 (8 ounce) container sour cream
    3 cups all-purpose flour
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    1 tablespoon baking powder

    To prepare the sauerkraut filling, melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in the onion, and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the drained sauerkraut and cook for an additional 5 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper, then remove to a plate to cool.
    For the mashed potato filling, melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in the onion, and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir into the mashed potatoes, and season with salt and white pepper.
    To make the dough, beat together the eggs and sour cream until smooth. Sift together the flour, salt, and baking powder; stir into the sour cream mixture until dough comes together. Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface until firm and smooth. Divide the dough in half, then roll out one half to 1/8 inch thickness. Cut into 3 inch rounds using a biscuit cutter.
    Place a small spoonful of the mashed potato filling into the center of each round. Moisten the edges with water, fold over, and press together with a fork to seal. Repeat procedure with the remaining dough and the sauerkraut filling.
    Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add perogies and cook for 3 to 5 minutes or until pierogi float to the top. Remove with a slotted spoon.

  44. JameyFrikkinB! says:

    Since – like the rest of the world – I just do not care about San Jose, my first reaction to this tifo was that it seemed sort of strange, wildly ill-informed, off-topic, and ultimately, just clownish.

    Then, straining through the slightest, vaguest memories of past tifo from San Francisco’s unpopular, adopted, cousin-through-marriage, I recalled this gem;
    A brief google search also produced this bon mott;

    I can’t be bothered to look further but – based on these – I also just can’t escape the suspicion that 1906 Ultras are 14 years old, we are not their real father, and they will NOT mow the lawn …but they may have punched a Chuckie Cheese animatronic character when no one showed up to their birthday party.

    I’m also guessing they are the ones that inexplicably draw all those giant cocks in men’s public restrooms while secretly wishing the Juggalos would just accept them as their own.

    And in summary…
    …I still just don’t care.

  45. Susic says:

    Oh why did we sink this low to write an open letter?!? 1906 got what they wanted and that is our attention. We failed! :(

  46. Makes me miss the California Victory. It’s proof that the Bay Area CAN have cool soccer fans. They put this group to shame.

    • Tim Chamberlin says:

      They did. Those were some really cool people. Willing to learn from supporters that have been around longer. Welcoming of opposing supporters (except during the match)…

  47. Not 1906 says:

    So all you say Tifo is for the team on pitch, and not about the opposing team/SG, right?
    It’s funny cuz all of you say one thing but do another…

    • Chugger says:


      That tifo was all my idea, but I was doing a looooot of drugs back then. Unfortunately it was just shortly thereafter that I started designing all of the tifo for the 1906 ultras guys while I spent time in SJ. Since I was still still under the influence, I guess I led you guys astray. For that I’m sorry (that apology counts as one of my steps).

      Now that I’m sober, I realize how pathetic and stupid it is to spend weeks painting tifo logos and likenesses of clubs I hate.


    • Anonymous Freak says:

      Let us know when your top-of-the-MLS-table team’s supporters group can beat our then-division-2 supporters group in tifo size and complexity.


      And it was a reference to the opposing *CITY*, not the opposing team’s *supporters group*. If you had, say, had an animated tifo where an earthquake caused one of our bridges to collapse, that would have been damned impressive.

    • Bri says:

      How dumb are you? The video is a representation of what the fans were hoping would happen on the pitch. There was no badmouthing the ECS or the Sounders, only a message that we wanted to beat them.

  48. John says:

    Just realized their supporter group’s name glorifies an event which caused the destruction of a city and the deaths of 3,000 people.

    In 100 years when New Orleans gets a MLS franchise I hope they’ll call their supporters group the Katrinas just to genuflect to the 1906 guys.

  49. Armchair Goat Milking says:

    why so mad at 1906 and savier? Brawley is the only one who defecated here.

  50. Trolololol says:

    You guys have been trolled sooo hard you dont even realize it. Please spend more time telling us about how much you dont care about the 1906Ultras.

  51. Nando Machicado says:

    FTR I wish we had our own cookie monster or at least a Brony!

  52. Michael says:

    “Instead, this display simply revealed the fact that your kids desperately want attention from someone (or some people) that really couldn’t be more indifferent about them.”

    But we’re gonna take the time to write an open letter to the people we’re…indifferent about…

    • Joanne Couchman says:

      Do we *really* have to spell it out for you? *sigh* I guess we do…

      The open letter was a tongue in cheek piss take posted in our blog section. You guys took the bait. Much hilarity ensued.

      SMH. I’m scared for the future of the internets.

  53. BleedBlue says:

    I feel bad for you guys.. You have to live in Oregon for F sake..

  54. Sean says:

    Awww, isn’t that cute. Rather than sucking up and facing that another team other than the sounders can make a tifo about Portland, they try to write at a middle school age-level to a team that is kicking their arses in the standings. Great job San Jose, see y’all in the playoffs! Love Sounders Fan 40,000.

  55. ULTROLL!!!! says:

    Hey…..where’d everyone go? This is the still funny place, right? I’m glad the nineteen aught six ULTRASS! made the display. They care a lot.

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