Bleacher Bits: Some views from the stands
I've sat in a lot of bleachers and seen a lot of things at the various gymnasiums and playing fields since beginning this job.
While the majority of the action at any sporting takes place on the floor, pitch or diamond, there have also been some very interesting happenings among the spectators. In this era of instantaneous posting to the Internet, there has also been an explosion of funny, scary and let's just say questionable fan behavior caught for all the world to see.
In just the past couple of years, we've seen a man and his date at a baseball game, where the man ducks out of the way of an incoming foul ball just in time for the girl to get it right in the face. They were later interviewed on some national TV outlets.
There have been marriage proposals in the spectators section, crazy costumes of all shapes, colors and sizes, and the "kiss-cam" is a popular feature at many arenas and ballparks.
It has never ceased to amaze me how some fans act at sporting events, but some moments come really close.
During a Jan. 4 American Hockey League game between the Norfolk Admirals and Bridgeport Sound Tigers, an unnamed fan was caught on videotape scrambling to catch a puck that was coming over the boards.
It seems innocent enough, after all, just like in baseball, if it comes into the stands it's yours to keep. Oh wait, that's right, he was also holding a sleeping infant at the time.
I know hockey fans can be a rabid bunch, but c'mon.
At the local level, I have seen fans ejected at high school contests, Little League games and youth football matchups and wrestling meets. I've seen well-meaning fans and even schools supporting their home team with handmade signs with some curious spellings.
I've seen people bring their non-service animals to games, and I've seen skirmishes break out among spectators who were apparently not getting enough action from the game they were attending.
I've heard every possible expletive hurled at game officials whose call, or lack thereof, was going to stand as the pivotal moment that kept junior from ever turning pro.
Please remember to keep it classy at sporting events, like the overwhelming majority of you already do. And do me a favor — if you have a young child at a sporting event, remember to protect them with all the vigor you would your prized foul ball or hockey puck.
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