I can't believe what I saw tonight. As someone who has been sitting in Box J for over 10+ years, I sit near the "Box J Boys" and I actually "like" what they do... they are passionate fans who support the team through good times and bad times and are always there too cheer up the crowd and team whenever needed. And alot of people actually think that the Box J Boys make the Box J section the place to sit in Ivor Wynne.
And for those who don't know, the Box J Boys have been doing this "Touchdown Press" after each Ticat point scored for as long as I can remember. Heck the Ticats even show the Boys doing this press in their programs and during game day promos. They lift big and small, girls, boys, Stripes, Pig Skin Pete and kids of all ages and never have I seen an incident or issue with the Touchdown Press. Heck, there is usually a line up of kids waiting to get lifted with their parents smiling and encouraging them on.
But today was a new story... Apparently there was a "new" police officer who's never worked a Ticat game before and he had an issue with the Box J Boys doing their Touchdown Press celebration after the first touchdown. From what I heard and saw, apparently he didn't like what the Box J Boys were doing and wanted it to stop asap. After the second TD, the Box J Boys did their traditional TD press only to have this new police officer come down with 3 security guards in an effort to get the Box J Boys to stop. And when he came down, it was greeted with a chorus of BOOS from myself and the rest of the people in Box J/K and the various sections around the Box J Boys. After that, there was a discussion throughout the WHOLE game about what these passionate fans were doing with the with this new cop, Ticat staff and security on the top of Box J.
When the Ticats scored again, they lifted Pig Skin Pete and the whole section counted along with the Box J Boys with no issues. But you can tell this new cop was pissed this was going on...
All I can say is when the product on the field has sucked over the years. Its been the people & friends I see in the crowds that have gotten me through the games and actually make me want to come and enjoy the game in person. And when the CFL stops taking the GOOD NATURED FUN out of the stands by doing things to stop people from doing Touchdown Presses or making Beer Snakes in Winnipeg. I might was well stay home and what the game in the comfort of my living room. As the so called "game day" experience in the stands will be nothing but a bunch of people sitting on their hands..
I hope the CFL and Ticats continue to allow fans to express and enjoy themselves while at the game. Yes I understand there needs to be limits to control the out of control fans. But things like the Beer Snake and Touchdown Press add to the in game experience and the police and security need to worry about those out of control fans and ensure peoples safety then worry about what some passionate fans do in the stands to cheer on there team.