Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Selfish Sports Fans

(Maybe I should just say: Selfish)

A couple of guys started chatting about football and sports games while at work. One guy insists that regardless of who shows up, he gets excited and into the game so he should get to swear loudly and publicly.
“Leave the kid at home. This is sports.”

He’s originally from Europe, so you know that has some factor in this equation. Seriously. Not that he is a football hooligan, but… you know.

I presume that since this public event entertains adults, why not more public nudity? Lap dances? Public sex? Public urination? (After all, there are not enough stalls and urinals, especially for women.) More binge drinking? (And more public vomiting to follow.) Why not some more brawls… forget the guys on the hockey rink, I’m talking about fat, ugly, face-painted fans with 1986 haircuts. The guys who think a short-sleeved, three-button shirt with a logo of their favorite sports team embroidered on it amounts to dressing up in public. Hey, you dumb jagoff… Ted Kennedy called. He wants his civilized manner back.

Really? Say anything in public? Kids shouldn’t be at sports games? It’s a public event… families and kids are not restricted from getting tickets.

No one says folks get ejected for swearing. Of course, unless you are a selfish lout with habitual boorish behavior and a thin skin when it comes to polite rebukes and requests you should try to cool it.

Something’s going to bother you. Cheering for the other team? Insults about your team? Cheers when your sports hero suffers an injury? Insults about your mother? Chances are that a guy who gets pissed off because a family asked him to lighten up on the effenheimer while around his kids will also get pissed off if you tell him, “Favre sucks!” or “the Wild sucks!” or “Your favorite band sucks!”

(By the way, your favorite band does suck!)

I’m sure someone will miss the point here. I almost look forward to it (again).

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