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Posted: 10/8/2012 2:08:13 PM
Ive wondered this for awhile after going to pro games here in Cincinnati when my favorite team, The Broncos play here. I paid $125 for a ticket and was harrased the whole time by the Bengals fans. I had a football thrown at my head and my ds who was 21 at the time, almost got into a fight with some guy who kept provoking him. The sad thing is that we are actually Bengals fans when they are not playing the Broncos. I tried this one other time and had the same experience...drunk and obnoxious seemed the norm. I know this is not just in Cincinnati and have heard it is worse in some other cities.

Now the latest that I heard on my way to work this morning is that Yesterday in the Kansas City game fans cheered when their quarterback, Cassel, I think, got injured. He ended up with a concussion which of course we know now can be very serious. What in the world could people be thinking? The announcers said that of course now people are making excuses that they werent cheering for him to go down but cheering for his replacement...the announcers said, and I agree, while some might honestly say that, most could not and were in fact cheering for that exactly.

I love football but this kind of thing makes me sick. Did anyone else here about this? I heard about it on ESPN radio this morning so I apologize if I have facts wrong but the gist of it is the same.

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Posted: 10/8/2012 2:12:02 PM
I have gone to numerous stadiums to watch the Buffalo Bills play. My frame of mind is the game is secondary! We have fun visiting new cities. I don't drink at the games and I remember that I am a visitor in that stadium. We make friends with the fans around us....telling them the fun we had in their city.

The only place this didn't work was at a Miami Dolphin game. Won't go into the long details but I will NEVER go back there.

We had a great time two weeks ago in Cleveland. Fans were rabid but were great to us.

As for the cheering at an injury,.....that's NOTHING new.



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Posted: 10/8/2012 2:16:41 PM
My DH is a Steelers fan and has been to watch them play at Nashville and at Indianapolis and said both times he was kinda glad the Steelers lost those games cause he wasn't sure he would've made it out alive otherwise. Watching your team play at someone else's home venue has always been tough (one of these games was at least ten years ago). He will only go to home games from now on.


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Posted: 10/8/2012 2:57:34 PM

As for the cheering at an injury,.....that's NOTHING new
The problem with this is they were cheering their own player who was seriously injured. And from what I understand it was pretty ugly cheering. Enough that another team member blasted the fans in the press for it.


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Posted: 10/8/2012 3:06:03 PM
DH loves football and has been to a few Bronco games over the years. He and DD went with some friends last year, and on the bus ride back to where they'd parked their car, some lady on the bus was drunk, swearing up a storm, yelling like crazy. It upset DD so much she started crying (she was 17yo at the time, not her first NFL game either). There were young kids on the bus, but the woman making a scene wouldn't stop swearing and berating the other team.

There is so much drinking at the games it's ridiculous. I wish there'd be a "family section" where no drinking is allowed. That's where we sit when we go to the car races, and it's wonderful!

Now when DH mentions about wanting to go to a Bronco game, i just remind how nice it is to have his own food right here, no oine for the potty, his own lazyboy, no drunken/crazed/swearing fans, no parking to pay for, etc.



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Posted: 10/8/2012 3:07:22 PM
The Eagles and their fans are just as bad. They are awful!


I've also noticed that a lot of the greater teams are falling apart. They aren't playing worth a flip! I haven't enjoyed watching this season because so many teams are playing so badly. If I worked at a job like they play sometimes, I would lose my job.




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Posted: 10/8/2012 3:07:24 PM
What the Chief's fans did yesterday was appalling! Just bad!!! Yes, Cassel was playing poorly. But to cheer when your own player goes out of the game because of an injury...

As far as watching a game at another teams stadium. You have to go into that with your eyes open. Should you be able to watch a game unmolested by the fans, sure. Is that the reality, unfortunately not always.We are huge Steeler's fans, but we live in MD. We would never go to a Steeler's/Ravens game, even though we live fairly close to the stadium. The only Steelers game we've seen live has been at Pittsburgh.

eta: this is a great idea.

There is so much drinking at the games it's ridiculous. I wish there'd be a "family section" where no drinking is allowed. That's where we sit when we go to the car races, and it's wonderful!



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Posted: 10/8/2012 3:28:42 PM
Baseball can be the same. We were at the opening day Dodgers/Giants game where Bryan Stow was attacked in the parking lot. He is still dealing daily with the traumatic brain injury

In my view, there was way too much alcohol and way too little security. We witnessed some bad stuff that day while there with our kids and another family. I was embarrassed to be a Dodgers fan that day. There was a gay guy repeatedly harassed, a girl who drank so much she peed herself and was hauled out on a stretcher, yelling and cursing, harassing of Giants fans, etc. The beers were huge, maybe 32 ounces, and it was a hot day. You do the math.

The atmosphere of the "bad guys" is so prevalant that you feel unable to say anything or make it stop. Besides everyone is drunk so what's the point? We purposely left early because we were fearful of our families getting hurt. I had saved for the "good" tickets all year and they were a gift for DH ... and WE have to leave early.

We have had better experiences in the more family-related "all you can eat and not see the game as well" section and if we ever go back, that's where we'll sit. We have been to games at Giants stadium wearing our Dodger Blue and the only incident involved another mom trying to start it with me. There is good-natured ribbing but we always have fun with it.

I know it will never happen but curbing the alcohol is the only solution I see. Otherwise, attend at your own risk and expect to continue witnessing the bad behavior via TV. Personally I'm soured on seeing games in person and I bet others like me are too ... so you have an audience full of rowdy Adam-Henrys yelling and being fools.

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Posted: 10/8/2012 4:07:24 PM
It's not just pro football. Autzen Stadium, home of the University of Oregon Ducks, is a visitor's nightmare even if your team can't come close to competing with them. We were taunted, heckled, sworn at, had obscene gestures made at us, were shoved and had things thrown at us. The worst part was the Duck fan who came and sat in an empty seat next to my husband and for a full quarter yelled profanities in his ear and taunted all the fans around him. He didn't have a ticket for that seat and security wouldn't help. We finally had to get a police officer to remove him. On occasion, we like to travel to away games but we will never go back to Eugene. My brother, whose alma mater is a different school than ours, has had the same experience at Autzen. It's sad.

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Posted: 10/8/2012 4:12:34 PM
Yeah, the college level is just as bad. It's not even SAFE to attend an OSU game if you are from Michigan. The behavior I've seen at a Buckeyes game has been completely appalling.

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Posted: 10/8/2012 4:19:44 PM


There is so much drinking at the games it's ridiculous. I wish there'd be a "family section" where no drinking is allowed. That's where we sit when we go to the car races, and it's wonderful!


There's a family section at the Ralph (Buffalo's stadium).

As for the cheering your own player....BTDT....idiots are the only ones who cheer when this happens.



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Posted: 10/8/2012 4:20:47 PM
This weekend a Chicago Bears fan died when he had his throat cut at a bar after a game in Florida.

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Posted: 10/8/2012 4:43:36 PM
As a Kansas City native...I have read about the Chiefs and the fans....and went straight to my die hard Chiefs friend, who is a season ticket holder to ask her opinion and she wrote this...cause I hate to think my fellow K Citians behaved in such a poor manner.


"It appears my conversations today will be focused on the Chiefs and what happened yesterday at the stadium. As a 12 year season ticket holder, this is my PERCEPTION of Events that happened during the 4th Qtr yesterday. Disclaimer: Let me restate, this was the 4th qtr. Adult beverages had been flowing since 9am. So I am not trying to be RIGHT or prove a point here, I am simply sharing what I experienced and my thoughts. Very frustrating game of turnovers and mistakes on the way to another Chiefs Loss. Cassel goes down, I didn't see the hit. In the stadium, THERE WAS NO REPLAY, (like there is on TV) so I really have no idea what happened. Plays happen very fast in live time and without being able to push a button and rewind 10x, we have no idea. Within the same minute, we see Brady Quinn warming up on the sidelines. In my heart I believe any cheers that were heard, were because Quinn was finally coming into the game. It's no secret (from the many Boos Cassel has had to endure these last several games) that the fans want a Change in Quarterback. NOT KNOWING how bad Cassel was hurt, or what exactly happened during the play, the visual of Quinn warming up elicited the Cheers. Yes, it would have been appropriate to wait until Cassel got off the field, but at this level of frustration (and again, it's the 4th qtr after a long day of tailgating) - the fans timing could have been better. BUT, the media is going to grab hold of anything that will make a newstory. I would be interested to hear a response from fans that were AT THE GAME!!! What you see on TV is highly edited and MAY NOT BE the best representation of what happened in Live Time. Just my thoughts."

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Posted: 10/8/2012 4:52:34 PM

This weekend a Chicago Bears fan died when he had his throat cut at a bar after a game in Florida.

That's a shame! The Dolphins didn't even play the Bears this weekend. I wonder what the whole story is?


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Posted: 10/8/2012 5:12:36 PM
Number one -I don't think alcohol should be sold at sporting events! You are just asking for trouble
Number two -I feel like these actions just show what our society has become. People don't think twice about being rude to another person. It is very sad


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Posted: 10/8/2012 5:14:57 PM
That is really sad people can't be good sportsmen about it. Just have fun with it. I don't get it. We have a family thing about the Broncos v. Chiefs.. 1/2 the family is Broncos and 1/2 root for Chiefs but it is never nasty. No reason.



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Posted: 10/8/2012 5:17:42 PM

That's a shame! The Dolphins didn't even play the Bears this weekend. I wonder what the whole story is?


The Bears played the Jaguars, the murder occurred in Jacksonville.

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Posted: 10/8/2012 5:29:33 PM
the nearest NFL city is 2 hours away & neither DH or I are fans of that team...OUR team is halfway across the country and were both perfectly fine with watching them on the TV...tend to be homebodies anyway...

have had plenty of opportunities to go see OUR team play there, but for the price if tickets, travel, and the "unpleasant" atmosphere for visiting team fans, it's not worth it...

occasionally, will go to the local college game (mostly for the tailgate party, my boss is a BIG booster) but other than that, we're not too interested in being in that kind of environment...
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Posted: 10/8/2012 5:30:38 PM
I'm going to go out on a limb and say that a lot of it has to do with location and who the team is.

Dodger Stadium = Elysian Park = 75% ghetto (gangster) fans who will probably already be drunk by the time they get to the game = fights = I might as well stay home.

Angel Stadium = Anaheim = better behaved fans = won't drink so much = won't provoke cops who waste NO TIME in sending people "back home" = no fights = better family time.

Same with 49er games and Oakland Raider games. Some teams simply attract more 'trash' fans. Hate to say it/much less admit it.

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Posted: 10/8/2012 5:33:14 PM
same with UCLA and USC fans...

USC = Coliseum (in LA)...need I say more?
UCLA = Rose Bowl (in Pasadena)...need I say more?

and this is coming from someone who GREW UP in LA...

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Posted: 10/8/2012 5:52:56 PM

The Bears played the Jaguars, the murder occurred in Jacksonville.

Oh, right. I forgot about them. Such a sad, senseless death.


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Posted: 10/8/2012 6:23:52 PM
After having a car totaled in an accident after a Pro football game... Nope, we don't do games other than watching at home or at someone else's home.


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Posted: 10/8/2012 6:27:02 PM
Gillette stadium has a no drinking section, I think all stadiums should, not everyone wants to sit with a bunch if drunks (not that all who drink get drunk)

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Posted: 10/8/2012 6:53:02 PM
I live in Jacksonville(unfortunately). The guy who was murdered supposedly talked to the suspects wife at the bar. I am going to assume that being with that the Jags just had their tail handed to them 41-3 and alcohol didnt mix too well. There are a bunch of dumb rednecks in Jacksonville. Someone got killed here a few years ago at the Florida/Georgia a.k.a. "The World's Largest Cocktail Party". I have zero interest in ever going to another Jags game. Hopefully it won't be too much longer till they move.

Here is a local news story about the murder. So sensless.
http://www.firstcoastnews.com/topstories/article/277286/483/Man-charged-with-cold-blooded-murder-in-stabbing-of-Ill-man

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Posted: 10/8/2012 7:44:02 PM
If you go to watch your team at another team's stadium, you might consider being respectful of the home team. We have season tickets & sometimes fans of the opposing team sit near us. There have been some terrific fans & some absolutely horrible fans. The times I'm thinking of when the fans were awful, alcohol was NOT involved.

It seems they came to our stadium with a chip on their shoulder. If you come in with an attitude your experience is likely to be very different than if you come in to watch & enjoy the game.

I'll be nice to fans of other teams if they are respectful of our stadium & our team. Do not yell profanities at my team & expect none of the regular folks to listen to that the whole game.

I could go on & on about this (especially after yesterday's game) but the bottom line is just be respectful. If you are respectful of my team I'll respect yours.


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Posted: 10/8/2012 7:47:59 PM
I've been to the last two Jaguars games - they have had 2 home games 2 weekends in a row. Me and DH went the first week, and I took my Dad to yesterday's game, as he is a big football fan and has never seen a game in real life (we are from the UK). Both weeks, I didn't see any behaviour that I would have considered obnoxious. There was what I would consider banter between the two sets of fans. If it had been bad, I wouldn't have taken my father.

There was a bit of boo-ing, but that was mainly the Jax fans booing Maurice Jones-Drew , and after the dismal performance of the team in the 4th quarter, I am not surprised that the offence were boo-ed.

The stabbing of the Bears fan is just senseless violence, fuelled by alcohol. UK soccer fans have acted the same way in the past, so maybe I am numbed by our soccer hooligan past. I know that doesn't make it any better though.


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Posted: 10/8/2012 7:58:27 PM

It's not just pro football. Autzen Stadium, home of the University of Oregon Ducks, is a visitor's nightmare even if your team can't come close to competing with them. We were taunted, heckled, sworn at, had obscene gestures made at us, were shoved and had things thrown at us. The worst part was the Duck fan who came and sat in an empty seat next to my husband and for a full quarter yelled profanities in his ear and taunted all the fans around him. He didn't have a ticket for that seat and security wouldn't help. We finally had to get a police officer to remove him. On occasion, we like to travel to away games but we will never go back to Eugene. My brother, whose alma mater is a different school than ours, has had the same experience at Autzen. It's sad.


My parents are season ticket holders for Oregon football and I refuse to attend anymore games. The majority of Ducks fans are assholes (excluding my family, of course ), it really soured me for attending sporting events in general at the college/pro level.

There was a story about rabid fans recently on Real Sports (called Fan Violence if you can find it online). Definitely worth watching.

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Posted: 10/8/2012 8:03:00 PM

Yeah, the college level is just as bad. It's not even SAFE to attend an OSU game if you are from Michigan. The behavior I've seen at a Buckeyes game has been completely appalling.


DS has been to the OSU-Michigan game and was shocked at how few problems he saw. He attended two Penn State games when his college (which was nowhere near PSU's level)played them. He was spit on, had beer poured on him, and cans thrown at his head. He said they were the worst fans he had ever seen, and coming from a Philly sports fan, that is bad. His PSU friends who went to the PSU-OSU game were also shocked that they could wear their jerseys out to bars in Columbus without being harrassed.

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Posted: 10/8/2012 8:07:44 PM
Op here and I respectfully disagree with a few things said here. I personally don't care that its your stadium and your team. What I mean by that is that I paid as much for my ticket as you did. I have every right to cheer as loudly as I want for my team, as do you. I am always respectful, I don't curse or berate the other team but I don't feel I shouldn't cheer my team just to keep obnoxious fans from the other team from bullying me. There was no excuse for someone to hit me in the head.
As for the KC game , I have no doubt that some people were cheering for Quinn but I also have no doubt some were cheering because Cassel went down. Did they know how hurt he was , I hope not but it doesn't excuse it. Neither does the fact that it was the 4th quarter and that people were drinking and frustrated. Disgusting behavior,
I agree about college games too. I've seen equally disgusting behavior from Michigan and Ohio State fans.

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I live here and am a Jaguar season ticket holder. The murder happened at a bar away from the stadium. Have had season tickets for 5 years now and have never felt threatened or unsafe at a game. Yeah there have been a couple fights in the stands, usually at a late game where lots of tailgating has been done before the game even starts and then they continue drinking during the game. Several of the opposing teams fans are notorious for being obnoxious (I feel if you are going to the other teams stadium, you should be respectful) and adding alcohol on both sides, doesn't mix well sometimes. I feel so sorry for the victim and his family. I am so glad the police caught the guy (who by the way just calmly walked out of the bar and drove off. I pray he is locked up for a long, long, long time. The guy had come down to Jacksonville to watch a football game, so sad. And don't lump all people who live here in the same boat as this murderer. And for the one wondering about the booing, it wasn't booing, the fans yell Drew (Dreeeeeeew)whenever he touches the ball. I thought the first year we got tickets it was booing too. We left with about 7 minutes remaining so if the fans booed the offense after we left, it wouldn't be surprising, they gave up sadly. We may not be good but we are one of the few US cities who have an NFL team, we go to enjoy watching NFL football. I wish people didn't take it so seriously.
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Posted: 10/8/2012 8:33:29 PM

I personally don't care that its your stadium and your team. What I mean by that is that I paid as much for my ticket as you did. I have every right to cheer as loudly as I want for my team, as do you. I am always respectful, I don't curse or berate the other team but I don't feel I shouldn't cheer my team just to keep obnoxious fans from the other team from bullying me. There was no excuse for someone to hit me in the head.

Read the rest of my post -- I said "you respect my team, I'll respect yours....do NOT yell profanities at the home team & we will get along just fine" It seems like you are looking for a reason to disagree when I believe that what I said was exactly what you are trying to say.

And again, I'll say -- we've sat near some very nice (respectful) fans of the opposing team who DID yell for their team & we've sat near some really awful fans of the other team who yell at OUR team instead of cheering on their own. Not cool. I didn't say you couldn't cheer for your team, just don't be disrespectful of the home team if you expect people to be respectful of you.


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Posted: 10/8/2012 8:36:59 PM
What I heard about the KC game from yesterday from people who were there is much like what ShannoninKC heard.

I heard fans were cheering for the replacement quarterback coming on the field. Not for the player being injured. But of course, I wasn't there so I have no way to say for sure.

I know some fans can be disrespectful jerks (I've sat by a few for the Chiefs and opposing teams) but all it takes is one reporter to interpret cheering for what they were focused on (the injury) and assume the wrong thing. A report like that would spread like wildfire! I would almost call that irresponsible reporting because there is NO WAY to say for sure unless the reporter actually heard a fan say "Yea! Our player is injured!"

I will say that I have been there a few years ago when an opposing team's player went down for a long time and the Chiefs fans all stood and cheered for him in support when he was carted off the field with a leg injury.


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Posted: 10/8/2012 8:57:06 PM

And for the one wondering about the booing, it wasn't booing, the fans yell Drew (Dreeeeeeew)whenever he touches the ball. I thought the first year we got tickets it was booing too. We left with about 7 minutes remaining so if the fans booed the offense after we left, it wouldn't be surprising, they gave up sadly. We may not be good but we are one of the few US cities who have an NFL team, we go to enjoy watching NFL football.


Vicki, that was me Thanks for clearing that up, I did think that it was odd that they were appearing to boo one of their best players from last year, like I said, I am new to the city, so not au fait with all the cheers yet
I have really enjoyed both my trips to Everbank Field, I love the atmosphere and the spectacle. I sat next to Bears fans yesterday and we both congratulated and commiserated with each other.

There is always a minority that spoil it for the majority, and alcohol certainly does not help.


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Posted: 10/8/2012 9:01:34 PM
Here's what one of Matt Cassel's teammates think about the booing, and I agree with him 100%

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Posted: 10/8/2012 9:47:34 PM
I am a diehard Chief's fan -- diehard. And I was sitting at home watching the game on my laptop (!!!) when I saw Brady Quinn warming up. I had the volume down & I just saw he was warming up. I didn't see Cassel get hurt or what led up to Quinn warming up, I just saw him warming up. And my exact phrase was "Hot damn, it is about time." -- Call that a "cheer" if you will -- but diehard Chief's fans have been BEGGING for a change at Quarterback for at least the last three weeks. To glance at the screen (without knowing) & FINALLY see the change happening, had I been at Arrowhead, I would have likely cheered.





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Posted: 10/8/2012 11:05:45 PM
Given that Colts fans have donated $90,000 (as of tonight according to evening news) for the IU cancer center since our coach was diagnosed with leukemia a week ago , I think our fans are awesome. When New Orleans came to play in the season opener the year after they beat us in the Super Bowl, our fans were awesome to their fans. I saw so many Colts shaking the hands of the Saints fans because Katrina was on their minds. I know some of the opposing teams might disagree but I think we generally give a little of that Hoosier hospitality to our visitors. But, I was stunned by the KC fans (just saw it on our news right after the story about the ChuckStrong campaign). No matter the circumstances, that was just uncalled for.

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Posted: 10/9/2012 1:20:55 AM
The first time I heard it I could not for the life of me figure out why they were booing him, lol. My son in law said they aren't booing, they are yelling Dreeeeew! lol. Really sounds like boo!
I have no problem whatsoever having opposing fans cheer for their teams at our stadium (as I have been to other stadiums and have cheered for my team). But being total jerks and taunting other fans is not cool, that's why I mentioned being respectful. At another stadium my team scores, I yell. I do not get in opposing fans faces about it, I don't cuss at them, I don't act like a jerk. The few really spoil it. We went to the Jaguars game in Houston last year and boy we took a ribbing but it was good natured and we laughed about it and had a great time. I never understood why some people say opposing fans should never be welcomed to your stadium. I welcome anyone (but please but a good sport).
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Posted: 10/9/2012 8:14:44 AM
I'm uncertain how anyone can know the intentions of every cheering fan in attendance.

Commentators were in the booth with clear vision of the field & paid to notice & analyze every play. Fans, however, are often distracted, socializing, merely responding the same as the crowd (i.e. when those around you cheer, you cheer; when they boo, you boo), &/or unable to decipher exactly what's happening on the field from their seat. Some were likely seeing Brady Quinn warming-up on the sidelines without realizing the delay was due to injury (as opposed to another tv commercial). Some were simply cheering that Quinn was entering the game, not neccessarily against or wishing ill-will on Matt Cassel. Some are focused exclusively on the game, considering players as pawns, & cheered for Quinn as a chance to win (especially if they are gamblers). Of course, a few are evil, have complete disregard to Cassel's (or anyone else's, other than their own) health, & were cheering his injury.

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Posted: 10/9/2012 9:00:32 AM
I was at that Chiefs game and first, I had no idea it was even Cassel on the ground and second, when he was lead off the field, I thought the trainer was holding his arm as it was what was hurt. Quinn was going onto the field. Being in the stands, it didn't even register to me that people where cheering Cassel getting hurt, but more that Quinn was going on and Cassel was up and walking.

At any rate, I don't think an entire stadium like that would cheer someone getting hurt. A few fans, sure, but not as many that indeed cheered. I think some cheered not even knowing what they were cheering for.

I'm not a season ticket holder, just a go once in a while type fan, but you could definitely sense the level of frustration of the die hard fans on how the Chiefs were playing.

Rightly or wrongly, I'm not sure how coming out with guns a blazing towards the fans like Romeo did after the game was the right thing to do overall. Oy. What a mess.


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Posted: 10/9/2012 9:20:26 AM
We took our almost 13 year old grandson to the Army/BC game at West Point this past Saturday and it was AWESOME. I loved that no beer was allowed in the stadium itself, and I have to say, the fans for both sides were VERY well behaved. I had expected far worse from some of the stories I'd heard.

This was my very first football game ever and it was a wonderful experience. We're looking forward to going back to another game next season. It was very family friendly at Michie Stadium, at least in our experience.

That all being said, my boyfriend frequently goes to Gillette Stadium for Pats' games and he's seen some atrocious behavior from both the Pats' fans themselves and visiting fans from other teams. After hearing some of his stories I'm just as happy to watch the pros on TV rather than in person. It's horrible the way grown adults behave towards each other over a game...and a lot of times in front of their kids, to boot. Way to lead by example, folks.

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Posted: 10/9/2012 2:34:41 PM
"Same with 49er games and Oakland Raider games. Some teams simply attract more 'trash' fans. Hate to say it/much less admit it."
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So glad to have learned that I am trash for being a SF 49er fan and at that a SF Giants fan! Hate to inform you, it happens at almost every venue.

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Posted: 10/9/2012 4:01:08 PM

Same with 49er games and Oakland Raider games. Some teams simply attract more 'trash' fans. Hate to say it/much less admit it.


It's pretty obvious you grew up in SoCal, because you know nothing about NorCal.

Love, a trashy 49er, Giants fan.



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Posted: 10/9/2012 4:36:23 PM
There are idiots at all games....fans of the home team and those from opposing teams.

I've been to Philly....heard they were by far the worst in the league....so FAR from the truth. We had a great time there.

I think if you took away the alcohol, things would be different.

I also know that when I as a Bills fan goes to other places, I mind my manners and make friends with those around me. I keep my mouth shut and enjoy the game

Like I said....idiots all over so don't be singling out Raiders fans or 49ers or Philly or whoever.




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Posted: 10/9/2012 5:10:46 PM
2boys...what exactly are you trying to say

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Posted: 10/11/2012 6:29:07 PM

It's not just pro football. Autzen Stadium, home of the University of Oregon Ducks, is a visitor's nightmare even if your team can't come close to competing with them. We were taunted, heckled, sworn at, had obscene gestures made at us, were shoved and had things thrown at us. The worst part was the Duck fan who came and sat in an empty seat next to my husband and for a full quarter yelled profanities in his ear and taunted all the fans around him. He didn't have a ticket for that seat and security wouldn't help. We finally had to get a police officer to remove him. On occasion, we like to travel to away games but we will never go back to Eugene. My brother, whose alma mater is a different school than ours, has had the same experience at Autzen. It's sad.



My parents are season ticket holders for Oregon football and I refuse to attend anymore games. The majority of Ducks fans are assholes (excluding my family, of course ), it really soured me for attending sporting events in general at the college/pro level.

There was a story about rabid fans recently on Real Sports (called Fan Violence if you can find it online). Definitely worth watching.




I went to University of Oregon, and my first football game (an evening game) was so scary and loud that I left early and went back to the dorms. Not all Ducks fans are assholes. I think we have a fantastic team, and it's a phenomenal school. But really, there are idiots and assholes wherever you go - I saw guys from the University of Washington scream at a very elderly man sporting a Ducks shirt and try to push him over. WTF? My advice - go to the day games. People haven't had as many hours to drink and get rambunctious. The day games were always far more enjoyable. Also, even as a student, I preferred sitting in the visitors section. The student section was shit.

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It's not just pro football. Autzen Stadium, home of the University of Oregon Ducks, is a visitor's nightmare even if your team can't come close to competing with them. We were taunted, heckled, sworn at, had obscene gestures made at us, were shoved and had things thrown at us. The worst part was the Duck fan who came and sat in an empty seat next to my husband and for a full quarter yelled profanities in his ear and taunted all the fans around him. He didn't have a ticket for that seat and security wouldn't help. We finally had to get a police officer to remove him. On occasion, we like to travel to away games but we will never go back to Eugene. My brother, whose alma mater is a different school than ours, has had the same experience at Autzen. It's sad.



My parents are season ticket holders for Oregon football and I refuse to attend anymore games. The majority of Ducks fans are assholes (excluding my family, of course ), it really soured me for attending sporting events in general at the college/pro level.

There was a story about rabid fans recently on Real Sports (called Fan Violence if you can find it online). Definitely worth watching.
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I went to University of Oregon, and my first football game (an evening game) was so scary and loud that I left early and went back to the dorms. Not all Ducks fans are assholes. I think we have a fantastic team, and it's a phenomenal school. But really, there are idiots and assholes wherever you go - I saw guys from the University of Washington scream at a very elderly man sporting a Ducks shirt and try to push him over. WTF? My advice - go to the day games. People haven't had as many hours to drink and get rambunctious. The day games were always far more enjoyable. Also, even as a student, I preferred sitting in the visitors section. The student section was shit.


I wrote the original post about the Univ of Oregon and our experience with Duck fans. While I appreciate your advice about attending day games, the game we did attend was early in the afternoon. I know you'll find jerks supporting any team. The difference here was that we encountered hostility on the drive to the stadium, in the parking lot, on the walk to the stadium, standing in line at concessions, in the restroom and in the stands. After our team lost by more than 40 points, we were heckled on the way back to our car by numerous groups and again on the drive leaving Eugene. The nastiness was pervasive and not limited to students and it was scary at times. And, no, we are not Oregon State Univ. alumni.
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