I took a quick look at the back of my ticket & I didn't see anything that says I'm entitled to yell & scream profane-laden insults towards the players & coaches & staff in the closing moments of a frustrating loss @ Ivor Wynn.
Background - I sit in Row 1 of Box I beside the aisle that separates Boxes I & J right where the players congregate & enter/exit the playing field. It's also right where fans enter/exits the stands and is the spot where fans can get closest to the players/staff. I have sat there for decades but by no means am I an old codger being only in my early 40's.
What bothers, angers & disappoints me is the way some, (far too many in my mind), so-called fans think it's their ticket-holding right to hurl insults, derogatory statements & profanity at the team when they're leaving the stands. It's disgusting behavior and makes me feel embarrassed to be a TiCats fan at times.
I understand fan's frustrations. I understand their disappointment. I share it. But these are human beings. They are people. There is no way these bad-fans would behave similarly anywhere else in open society. If they said the same kind of things after a bad meal at a restaurant or a disappointing movie in the theatre ... They'd be arrested! But somehow they feel it's acceptable to behave so atrociously & explain/justify it by saying they paid for their ticket & it's their god given right!
I almost laugh sometimes because that little 6 foot wall seems to give to, what I will call cowards, a sense of bravado that they can take liberties with grown men that if it was not for their self-control & professionalism ... Would pound them into oblivion.
It's laughable at times but then I look at some of the players and realize how wrong it is. They play football because they love the game. And the way CFL salaries are, we know it's 90% love & passion and 10% financial. They do not deserve to be treated in such a horrible manner. They are young men playing a game they love, trying to do their best to win and make everyone feel a little better about their own lives because the home team won!
I realize this will most likely be a lightening rod as far as posts & responses from disgruntled & frustrated fans of which I am one as well. I look forward to the intelligent conversation that ensues & as always, if someone presents a valid counter point & I am wrong, I will fully admit it.