There's an unwritten code of conduct for fans of sports teams, and it's not a code that's hard to follow:
1. Cheer and boo all you want, but don't involve yourself in the outcome of the actual game.
2. Remember that messing up on the field does not make one a worthless human being off the field.
3. Don't mock players for getting hurt, they can't help it and it's not funny.
4. Don't be an idiot.
It's astonishing, though, how many fans seem entirely incapable of following any one of these rules, particularly the last.
Fans send threats to players. Fans riot. Fans get in the way of the games being played.
And far too often, fans seem to ruin the good fun that is intended to come from watching sports.
The following examples reveal the dark side of being a sports fan—the embarrassing disrespect that we're capable of showing.
When you're finished reading, please continue to love your team passionately and make sports the most important thing in your life.
Just don't be an idiot.