After reading Acid’s post, I should have walked away with all sorts of knowledge because he sure does bring it. But you know what stood out to me? The part about people behind him complaining about him standing. Let me preface this by saying, I have been going to
So here is my story. If you come here often you know that I gave up my season tickets before this season. There were a few factors in making that decision, but times change. Other things in life take priority over paying TUF a good portion of my annual salary. In my years as a season ticket holder, I got to know the people behind us, and they were the main reason we never attempted to "upgrade" to a better location. I would not say that we were friends per se, but I know his name, his wife’s name, and their child’s name. We exchanged phone numbers and have talked on occasion. I always looked forward to hanging out with them for a few hours on a Saturday and watching our Tigers play. Every season… and I will repeat every season some "new" group of people would have seats behind us. Game one, it was the same thing. "Sit Down. You are not in the student section any longer." I always wanted to say, No kidding, I am 30, and if I was a student, I would be over there, and most likely drinking." But I never did. I was always polite and told them that I would be standing until
Fast forward to Saturday night. I scored some great seats from a friend and was really looking forward to sitting there with my Step-Father, sister, and good friend. My friend also married a
Most peoples fun stopped either when Zac got burned for the 60 yard pass that led to the opening TD or the Noel Divine 70 yard run that was their second score. I saw neither of those, you know why? Because I had some older folks who thought it was a good thing to keep tapping me on the shoulder and telling me to sit down. They were two rows behind me. I am quite tall, but these folks were two rows behind me. Deal with it. I had just sat through maybe the worst rain I have ever seen at an outdoor event, and I wanted
Next thing I know, my friend and I are getting "talked" to by the 20-25 year olds sitting in the row behind us. One was a Gator (he was proudly displaying his attire) and another was a UGA guy. We know this because we talked to them pregame. The
As I turned back to watch
I must say it was quite cool watching the Gator getting tossed, but when the cop came back and talked to me like I was a dog, that was another matter. As I mentioned earlier, I am a grown man. I was standing/sitting with my family doing nothing wrong. There were plenty of kids in front of us, there was no chance that I was cussing or being belligerent… as he so pleasantly put it. Why did Officer Wilson of the Sheriffs office have to be such a Richard. That is another matter all together, and I will let that go for now!!
Why do people expect other people to sit down at a ball game? While I was a student, we stood the whole game. While I was a season ticket holder we stood for about 70 percent of the game. Every away game I have ever been to, the entire section stood. I don’t care if you were 18 or 80 years old. You stood. But every time I stood on Saturday, I could feel people’s eyes burning holes through me.
If I get that way when I am older, I am pretty sure I would either sit at home and watch it, or make sure that the Athletic Dept. knew I had an issue and needed to be in a certain location. I know that they have sections for that. I have seen them and the Americans with Disabilities Act demand it. These people were not 75 or 80. They were in their 60s for sure, but all seemed to be in good health. Standing for some of the game would not have hurt them I am sure.
Sorry for the rant… but after reading Acid’s post I had to tell my story. I would rather put up with a terrible opponents fan, then have to listen to people tell me to sit down.
LOOK AROUND PEOPLE…