How Fans Are Ruining Sports

Nick BolyardContributor IIIOctober 20, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO - OCTOBER 19:  Fans of the San Francisco Giants cheer during Game Three of the NLCS against the Philadelphia Phillies during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at AT&T Park on October 19, 2010 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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OK, first of all I do not intend to offend any fan or any sport or of any team.  

With that said, sports need fans.  That's a given.  They need the support both financially and emotionally.  From 80,000 fans cheering for the home team to the 80,000 at home that go and buy merchandise.  Sports need fans.

There is nothing like being at the stadium under the lights as your favorite team or nearest convenient college venue is driving to win the game in the fourth quarter, or seeing a walk-off home run to beat a rival, especially if it means beating the Red Sox.

Going to a sporting event really isn't about who wins, unless money is on the line...not that I condone gambling; it is more about the experience.  However, there are those certain people who can turn the thinking of "I hope he makes this shot" to "Good Lord, let the clock run out so I don't have to listen to this loudmouth anymore." 

Obviously, people are going to cheer.  Good.  They are suppose to cheer and boo.  However, when a five-year-old looks at a woman wearing the away team's colors and calls her a four-letter word that starts with C (I'm trying to keep it PG, so you can use your imagination and fill in the last three letters), that is when a passionate fan turns into just obnoxious. Speaking of obnoxious...vuvuzelas...enough said. 

If you want to drink before a game...whatever, fine, that's your business.  I've done it.  Let's try to keep it reasonable people.  I would prefer that the sloppy drunk frat boy next to me not puke or pass out on me.  That's just me though.  Now take that one guy, and multiply him into half of a student section.  

The worst offenders of ruining sports are the whiners.  Not about the referees, not about the outcome, but when they whine about the other team's fans.  

A prime example, a certain team from Southern West Virginia plays the much bigger school from Northern West Virginia. Now, the school from the north has a bad reputation when it comes to its fans.  

Butch Davis would agree because they threw a trash can at him, as would the police officers who have to get riot gear out on game day and confiscate couches that are on people's porches.  

Now this school from the south complains about the poor treatment they receive from the school in the north.  Sure no one likes to be treated badly.  

Here's the problem: How can you complain about those fans when you do the exact same things to them when they visit your school?  Doesn't make much sense, at least not to me.  

Also, jumping to the annual basketball game between the schools, the southern school's fans chant "DUI" at the coach of the opposing team.  All this while the opposing team is throwing stuff onto the court and being berated by said coach for doing so.  I'm seeing a problem.  

College sports may be the worst of the worst, with how many instances of people throwing item at players and coaches from the stands last season?  I've seen WCW fans with more sense than some of these people.  

Speaking of wrestling fans (oh no, I didn't forget you)...getting in a fist fight over a sweaty T-shirt that John Cena chucked into the stands is beyond stupid.  I'm sure Cena's pit stains go for big bucks on eBay but is it really worth it for a shirt that they sell for $23 bucks at the souvenir stand?

Despite all of the nonsense of some people, fans help make sports the spectacle they are.  I mean fans are what make the Super Bowl...super.  

Without fans, there are no sports, without sports there are no fans. Shouldn't we do our teams proud by supporting them through thick and thin, rather than by throwing batteries at them when they lose?  Just a thought.

Got something you wanna add?  I encourage your thoughts (as long as they are constructive).