The problem isn’t necessarily Bomber fans or Rider fans or Stampeder or Eskimo fans. The problem is Beer fans. Before I say any more, I would like to say for the record that I too LOVE having a beer or several at the game. I have yet to be arrested or even get into a fight at a game.
I would suspect that there are a large number of posters on here that could say the same thing. Could it be my age? Well I am gettin a little long in the tooth, but then again it never happened when I was 20 either. I know that the posters on here range from 15 to 50 so I think we can rule out the age thing.
Nope, I cannot really think of any common denominators besides the alcohol. If other fans can think of any please let me know. Is it pride in our teams? No, we are all just as fiercly proud of our colors as all the other cities in the league. What about this supposed big market/small market thing. Maybe it has to do with having a larger fan base and more diverse communities to draw from. Again, from my perspective a drunken asshole from Vancouver is the same as a drunken asshole from Regina. He is still a drunken asshole, and yes that includes the ones in Edmonton.
No guys, don’t think you can hang this one on an indivdual city and it’s fans. It’s just an age old problem that occurs when you have a group of people fiercely proud of their cities and thier teams and you bring them together with other people who have different passions and then add the common denominator, alcohol.
I suppose we could all sit back and say that it is worse in another city or that we have not seen it as much in our stadiums. Truth is that we have all seen it and maybe even turned a blind eye thinking that it was isolated. We continue to watch the game, thinking wow that is drunk and then by the end of the game the guy is picking a fight with someone wearing different colors or maybe is jumping the fence and running on the field. And why, because he is supporting the team?
Makes you wonder, doesn’t it? The whole thing to remember is that is not restricted to the fans of one city or another. There’s nothing wrong with being passionate, but isn’t the reason for going to the game to have fun and support your team?