'Get in the Hole' and the 10 Most Annoying Fan Acts at Sports Events

Nick HouserCorrespondent IIJune 17, 2012

'Get in the Hole' and the 10 Most Annoying Fan Acts at Sports Events

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    Tiger Woods' advancement to day four of the U.S. Open at Olympic guarantees fans will be seeing—er, hearing—more of another person, too.

    Good ol' "get in the hole" guy.

    Just as the red shirt on Sunday and the tiger puppet club covers do, this chant has come to symbolize Woods, like it or not.

    For most, it's the latter.

    Granted, most will persevere through the shenanigans and enjoy themselves. Still, in every moment these comedians put their talents on display, we all cringe, shake our heads and mumble unpleasantries under our breath.

    "Get in the hole" guy doesn't ruin it, but he—along with many other sports venue perpetrators—sure has a knack for being annoying.

    Here are the 10 worst offenders.

Honorable Mention: Dress Attire Violators

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    As you sit down with your family to enjoy an afternoon of baseball in the 90-degree weather for the next three hours, fanning yourself with a program—explaining the intricacies of the game to your eight-year-old—a woman catches your eye.

    An overly dolled-up woman.

    It's one of your wife or girlfriend's biggest pet peeves (or yours, if you're a woman).

    Judging by the plethora of makeup, high heels, leopard-print halter top and runway model hair she's rocking, your first guess might be that she has forgotten what she's doing here.

    Is she trying to catch an athlete's eye?

    Some men will enjoy it. Many women will be less than thrilled.

    It can't be comfortable, and now there are some of us in the crowd who are embarrassed for her and ashamed our children have to see this.

    Then there's the out-of-place guy.

    You're at the Philadelphia Eagles game with a crew of buddies, eager for your home team to take on the rival Dallas Cowboys.

    Here comes "I'm trying too hard to prove I like sports, but don't care about either of these teams or what you think" guy in his New York Yankees jersey.

    It's not Philly gear. It's not Dallas gear. It's not even football gear.

    The wearing of a jersey from an entirely different sport—which does not match either of the two cities that are in competition—is an egregious error in sports fan attire.

10. Free-Throw Distractions

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    You've just scored seats right behind one of the baskets at tonight's basketball game. As a reward, the arena have provided a free set of paddle-like devices to distract the opposing team while they shoot free throws.


    Unfortunately, it's been 11 minutes into the game and there hasn't been a free throw on your side yet.

    What has happened instead is the two kids behind you have been entangled in an epic Star Wars duel the entire time. Unbeknown to them, the back of your head has been a victim a half-dozen times already.

    The guy in front of you, meanwhile, has banged those bad boys together the entire time.

    Not only is it loud, it blocks your view.

    Oops, one of those kids hit the other too hard and now we have tears.

    Ah, finally, a free throw!

    It didn't work. Carmelo Anthony went 2-for-2 at the line anyway.

    Get used to it, because it's going to happen a lot. In fact, those missed shots doubtfully were caused by you anyway.

    The Sports Science video above states that, over the course of time, distractions affect a player less than one percent. Check out the originally aired version for a more detailed breakdown.

    Veteran NBA players have dealt with this for years and are paid millions of dollars to perfect the details.

    Besides, your tickets contribute to the team's salaries. They don't need more of your help to win games.

9. Reaching out for Balls in Play

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    You're a diehard Atlanta Braves fan, watching your team play at home against the Miami Marlins. Martin Prado rips a fair ball down the line that ultimately jerks toward the side wall.

    Michael Bourn is on first base and with his speed, he's on third. Maybe he even scores.

    Unfortunately, you'll never know, because one of your fellow Braves fans reached out, plucking the ball from the ground. Bourn has to stop at third.

    Sure, there wasn't enough time for him or her to watch the ball, track it into their bare hands and see the umpire's call. But there is a solution.

    Don't reach out in the first place.

    If it was foul, there's a ball person who will do the work.

    Instead, that person just robbed you of what could have been an exciting play.

8. The Wave

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    You've paid $42 for fantastic seats with a great view of the field.

    It's the sixth inning and a man in his mid-40s stands up to start the afternoon's fourth installment of the wave.


    Yes, the wave is a baseball tradition.

    It's up there with "God Bless America," the National Anthem, the seventh-inning stretch, beer and hot dogs.

    But let's limit it.

    One time, three circles around the stadium. That's it.

    Five times per game, eight circles each is ridiculous. You came to watch the game. Every time people stand up is a play you'll miss.

    Worse, every time you don't stand up and participate, you're going to get stared at like you just ruined a five-year-old child's birthday party.

    Here's another wave rule: Let kids or people who work at the stadium start it.

    It's not funny, cool or impressive when an adult starts the wave.

7. Hat Trick Hat Toss

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    Joe Thornton just scored his third goal of the night. You know what that means: It's time to ditch your cap and chuck it on to the ice.

    But you wore your favorite $40 hat to the arena tonight. There's no way you're getting rid of it.

    Fine, but be prepared to get the evil eye as if you've just shared top secret information with an enemy.

    Now your San Jose Sharks are tied 3-3 with momentum. That is, if they can keep hold of it after the 10 minutes it takes to clear the ice of all these hats.

6. The Boo That Is Actually Good

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    A few years ago, this strange phenomenon began in which fans yell a player's name in the form of a boo. But it's not a catcall or put-down, it's actually a good thing.

    Take, for example, Boston Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis.

    Any time he does something wonderful, a chorus of "YOOOUUUUUUUK" fills Fenway Park.

    It sounds like a boo. Last you checked, booing is bad.

    This event has since spiraled out of control to now include similar cheers for guys like Heath Miller of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

    Why would you want to make "Heath" sound like boo and make it a positive at the same time?

    The action doesn't make sense.

5. Vuvuzelas

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    Little-known fact: Whistling at soccer games is a form of booing and heckling.

    Largely-known fact: Vuvuzelas are the worst invention ever.

    Brought to the world's attention during the 2010 World Cup, the vuvuzela has yet to be silenced.

    They serve no purpose but to destroy your ears and test your patience.

    The offenders typically blow them the entire game, with no sense of rhythm or routine. Simply put, they just want to be loud.

    You're going to leave with that awful sound ringing in your ears for the next hour or two.

    The annoying horn is now present at every single soccer competition from amateur to professional and has since leaked into other sports events too. The New York Yankees have already taken action, banning them from the park.

    Multiple venues have considered banning or have already banned them as well.

4. Throwing the Ball Back on to the Field

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    You're at the Colorado Rockies game, watching as they take on the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks. Surprisingly, there seem to be hundreds of D-Backs fans in attendance.

    Rockies player Jordan Pacheco fouls a ball into the stands near third base. The fan who caught it—a D-Backs fan—throws it back.


    First, it was a foul ball. Second, he was an away fan. Third, it was by a lesser-known player. Fourth, it almost hit Arizona third baseman Ryan Roberts.

    Fifth, did I mention it was a foul ball?

    The act got the fan kicked out of the park and wasted 15 minutes of everyone else's time.

    It's not like it was 85 degrees or anything.

    I understand, as adults, fans despise players or are passionate about their team. I am also aware that at some stadiums—ahem, Wrigley—it's tradition to throw an opposing player's home run back.

    But here's a better idea: Give it to a kid.

    Kids possess a certain degree of naivety. They don't care who hit the ball and from what team.

    It's a major league ball hit over the fence by a Major League Baseball player. To a kid, no matter who it is—Pacheco or Albert Pujols—that's pretty cool.

3. Yelling "Get in the Hole!"

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    Tiger Woods approaches the putt, strikes the ball and it's on its way. As it approaches, inches from the cup, someone yells at the ball, willing it to sink out of sight in Woods' favor.

    Completely acceptable.

    Woods then sets up for his next shot—a 642-yard, five-shot par. He crushes the ball and it sets sail into the air.

    "Get in the hole," someone yells.

    It's 642 yards away, buddy. There's no way he's getting a hole in one. Not even a large, unexpected gust of wind is going to take that bad boy that distance.

    But this guy doesn't seem to get it. No, instead he yells the phrase over and over again—every tee-off, every shot, every hole, every single time Tiger Woods puts club on ball.

    It got old fast, yet it's still rolling.

    At this point it's obligatory.

2. Streaking/Running on the Field

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    There's no better way to waste tens of thousands of people's time than to run on the field.

    The only thing worse is doing it naked.

    While it's entertaining the two or three people this stooge came with, it's not very funny to anyone else.

    Baseball games are three hours. Soccer games an hour-and-a-half, not including halftime. Both are long enough already.

    It's no wonder the biggest delight in this scenario is watching the violator getting tackled.

1. Storming the Court

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    If your team just upset the No. 1 seed, I don't care who you are, you're storming that court.

    But if you're the No. 25 seed and you just defeated the No. 21 seed, do you really need to be on the court?

    Is it truly an upset for the No. 3 seed to knock off the No. 2 seed? No.

    There needs to be a rule in place.

    No storming the court unless your college just upset a team a minimum of five seeds higher than you and at least in the top 15.

    An exception to the rule is this: Any unranked team's fans may have the privilege of storming the court should the team defeat a ranked team. Bubble teams are not allowed this privilege.