CobraCommander wrote:I want fans not idiots at the game....Iâ€™m not paying money to have violence, the treat of violence, vulgarities or any of that stuff at a basketball game.
MMA and boxing - leave the sensitive people and kids at home... Yeah but not basketball..
You can be engaged and a good crowd without ruining it for the rest of us
I'm not interested in battery throwing and all, but mockery and clowning the opponent is amusing to me. It is part of fandom. If there was a section that was notable for having fanatics who lose their sense of perspective, then the sensitive and genteel folks could clutch their pearls and buy tickets in another section, goodness me. When I'd take the train up to the Bronx I knew that I'd get the best and most profane entertainment if I got seats in the outfield bleachers. The cheap seats. West 4th Street, Rucker Park, Barry Farms, some of the most enjoyable crowds are where fans can jone on each other and freely comment on the action. I'd MUCH rather sit next to that guy than the guy who shows up late, leaves early, and is checking his cell phone all the time.
Maryland fans are clever, funny, and rude. They save the rioting til after a game. The caps had some dude with a vuvuzela horn who would rile up his section. DC United has La Barra Brava. As a kid personally I loved that sort of atmosphere. Rude funny irreverent loudmouths who were fanatic in their loyalty are a large part of why I came to appreciate sports in the first place. Fine, have a PG 13 section for the folks who might faint at a rude word. Though if you are sitting courtside or near the bench you will hear as bad or worse from the players talking trash to each other. Violence, not necessary, but vulgarities? Yes, there should be room for vulgarities. Maybe have a rated R section behind the opposing bench where you can boo them mercilessly. Why not? Sure, you can have a family section across the court if you're concerned about an unkind word or two. I dunno. Me I want the fans who lose their perspective and cheer like damn fools. Not the corporate box seat lobbyist bourgeoisie who have business to chat about and are too important to lose their composure.