In an earlier post , (sportsandtravelblog.wordpress.com /2017/03/09 Please -act – like – you’ve – been – there – before ) , some of you had to be read the riot act on how to conduct yourselves not only when you visit museums , monuments , and memorials all over the world , but especially when you’re attending a sporting event .
Baseball season is coming down to the wire, and football season is coming up very soon , but a lot of you didn’t get or read the memo on fan conduct .
A lot of fans seem to need a refresher course on how to act when going to game .
Even though I’m talking mainly about fans of the four major American sports , this also applies to those of you who are fans of rugby, European futbol, cricket, etc.
Everyone needs a refresher course on Fan conduct .
At a recent Milwaukee Brewers and Chicago Cubs baseball game in Milwaukee , two fans really got into it with a lot of pushing , screaming and shoving .
It wouldn’t have been that bad except one of the fans just happened to be Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey , whose son works for the Brewers organization .
No doubt both the governor and the Cubs fan that he was having a ” beef” with ever received the handbook of Sports Fandom .
I know that the governor is very busy running the state of New Jersey , but even politicians need to take the course of act like you’ve been there before 101 .
I’m not going to question the governor’s passion for sports because I know that he’s a GINORMOUS Dallas Cowboys football fan and he doesn’t care if people in his state don’t like that .
I also know for a fact that the governor has gone on many a 30 Plus Teams Tour to watch his beloved Cowboys play and I ain’t mad at him for representing his team no matter where he is .
It’s okay to cheer for your team at home and especially on the road because that’s what being a fan is all .
I just have to ask one question though .
Why do other ” fans ” have to ruin other fans sports and travel experience by acting like a fool at a game?
Please don’t make comments like, “Why are you wearing THAT jersey in here?!” , if someone is rooting for the other team .
Those fans weren’t being obnoxious and rude rooting for their team, were they?
The same can’t be said for you and your buddies though .
There’s no reason to get up in someone’s face or within earshot of that fan and scream out,
“GET OUT OF HERE!”
” GO BACK TO WERE YOU CAME FROM ! ”
That could either be New York , Boston , Chicago , you name the city, some “fans” want us to go back there.
Are you SERIOUS ? !
‘Why are you here ? ‘
‘Go back to where you came from ? !’
Did you forget that you aren’t the only one cheering for your team?
Other people are cheering for their team , too and guess what, Mr. Rude fan.
They’re cheering for THEIR team in YOUR building , so get used to it and stop with the dirty looks and snide comments .
Be a fan, but the fan experience should extend to those fans who traveled a long way in some cases, to see their team play .
In many cases , those fans brought their children along with them.
Do you think that they want to hear you or your friends yelling at them or someone else,
“GET THE BLANK OUT OF HERE ROOTING FOR THAT PIECE OF BLANK TEAM!”
“YOUR TEAM IS A BUNCH OF OVER PAID SISSIES AND SO ARE THEIR FANS!”
Then there’s my own personal favorite , one that I’ve heard on MANY occasions and it still makes me laugh every time a “fan” says it.
” YOUR BLANKETY BLANK TEAM AIN’T BLANK ! THIS IS OUR HOUSE ! ”
Now as much as you want to get up and get physical at a game and run the risk of getting thrown out and arrested for disturbing the peace , please don’t do it .
It’s obvious that Mr. and Mrs . Los Angeles Dodgers Super Fans definitely don’t know what acting like you’ve been there before is all about .
News flash for all of you “super fans”.
Dodger Stadium isn’t “YOUR HOUSE “.
Neither is Gillette Stadium , Madison Square Garden , Yankee Stadium or any other stadium or arena where a sporting event is taking place .
That’s right , I’ll say it again because some of you didn’t grab that concept .
You and those other fans who paid all that money to watch your favorite and not so favorite teams and players play, are just guests , waiting to be entertained .
The other guests are those fans who you told in no uncertain terms to ‘ go back to where you came from . ‘
So let’s stop it with the trash talking just because other fans are doing the same thing that you’re doing , just for the other team .
Fans of the opposing team, you aren’t special .
I’ve got a bone to pick with you too.
This acting like you’ve been there before extends to you all as well .
You say that you’ve sat patiently at the game and you’ve gotten really tired of the home team’s fans all around you making comments all night long about your team.
As much as you want to yell out ” BOOYA BITCHES , HOW YOU LIKE THAT BLANK ! ” ,to all the haters when your team has a rally going, please don’t do it .
That’s not just unwise, that’s really DUMB, especially if you came to the game by yourself .
If you say something dumb and stupid , you just know one of the people sitting next to you or around you ,will say or do something even more DUMBER and STUPIDER than what you just did or said.
The next thing you know , security might even have to be called in.
It could get ugly really fast when it doesn’t have to .
Fans of both teams , please stop the madness .
Remember that you’re on a 30 Plus Teams Tour and seeing a sporting event isn’t the only reason you’re in town .
There’s a lot more things to do and see while you’re in town .
Please act like you’ve been there before , especially if you happen to be watching your team play in a different city.