Saw a blurb on ESPN this morning on the NFL and fan violence. Seems there’s concern about fan violence in the stands. Stuff like this does not speak well for NFL fans:
I’d give the patented “are you kidding me”, but I’ve been there. Part of being an NFL fan is giving your team home field advantage. By extension, you don’t want opposition fans going into your stadium and giving their team the advantage.
Hey, I’ve been in another team’s arena and pulled for my team. The home team’s fans have ranged from docile to throwing objects. I’ve always put the onus for this on the visiting fans. If you’re going to come into another team’s arena wearing your gear, you had better be ready for anything. If your team starts killing the home team, you can shut up or act the fool. You can always walk away.
In the throwing objects thing, I went into a known hostile environment in a northeastern US city, that starts with a “P”. When my team started to pull away, I made my presence known. After getting hot dogs, popcorn and all kinds of names thrown at me, I turned around, put both of my arms up and went “whooooooeeeee! Looks like we’re still winning!” (Points to scoreboard).
That’s inflaming the majority of fans. It’s wrong, and it causes many more problems than it solves.
As an opposing fan, you have to be the adult. Clearly I was not. You always get to that point where you can avoid trouble. Fortunately for me, the guys in the yellow jackets arrived quickly. It could have been a bad night.
Of course, you can be Euro, South American or Middle Eastern soccer fan, kill/maim each other, then look down your noses at Americans. If the violence occurring at soccer game happened in US stadiums, spectator sports would have been outlawed. An event like the “Malice in the Palace” results in legal action here. Soccer generates worse activity on a routine basis.