Tuesday, January 20, 2015

"Fans" who leave games early and try to get back in really, really irritate me

I'm a sports fan who doesn't leave games early.  I won't say that I haven't ever, but on the rare occasions that I do it's for the most meaningless of meaningless games.  I would never leave a playoff elimination game early, no matter what the score.  In those situations, serious fans stick around to support their team to the end as the season comes to a close.  And who knows, sometimes even in defeat you are treated to amazing things--like a 20-0 run, or an emotional four-minute chant from the crowd (both of those I stayed for).

But, I'm not judging the leave-early people.  If that's who you are that's fine, as long as you own up to it.  When you make the decision to leave the game you're giving up.  Witnessing the final minutes of action is not your priority.  And like I said, that is OK.  However, do not, under any circumstances, whine and try to get back into the building when the club you claim to be a fan of rallies.

Everybody knows the "no re-admittance" rule.  It's been in place at all major sporting events in this country for quite some time.  And in the case of the Seahawks "fans" pictured, it even says it right above the doorway.

Before Seattle's incredible comeback in the NFC Championship Game, the "fans can't get back in" storyline was last a big deal when the Miami Heat pulled off a similarly miraculous recovery in the last minute to stay alive in Game 6 of the 2013 NBA Finals (ugh, that stupid Ray Allen three-pointer).

I don't believe this is a reflection of either fan base as a whole, honestly it's ridiculous to make any broad generalizations about one team's supporters.  But anyone who leaves a game of their own free will, then complains about how much they paid for their ticket when they can't get back in, should be embarrassed with themselves.

In fact, if it were up to me (and if it were possible) I'd take it one step further.  These people should be banned from all future games.  Let the fans who actually care buy the tickets, or at least the ones who are self-aware enough to admit they don't really care.

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