Remember when your mom told you growing up silence was golden? Or better yet, if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all. I think some adults should remember such lessons we were taught at the age of 3.
The other day while covering an event I heard some things come the opposing fans that upset me and left me wondering when did we forget those lessons. I still work those mottos to this day or at least try to. If I don't agree with something, I'm more likely to stay quiet and find a better way to get it done, but what some of the fans were saying I think is over the line.
First, if you're going to go to someone's facility, don't constantly run it down. Sure, your place might be your home, and in your eyes better, but every school does the best with what they have. Instead of focusing on running down the opposing team's field, stadium or equipment, why not spend your time lifting up the team you're cheering for. Novel idea, right?
Also, don't take shots at the other players. Remember the kids in question are teenagers and are playing a game to have a little fun. I know most athletes take their sport seriously and should, but I'm finding those in the stands are taking the games serious enough for themselves as well as the entire team. Pride is awesome, but everything can be taken too far.
I know this might come off more than a rant than anything else, but I'm proud of every school, every sport, every coach and every player I cover and it rubs me the wrong way when I hear someone put any part of it down. I know I did the same thing when I was in the school, but the difference is I was a teenager and not an adult who should know better.
Luckily during my time at the Banner, I've never heard anything severe come from one of my schools. Of course there's the obvious cheering and jeering, but nothing that would do more than make me grin. However, they are my schools, so I might be a little blind.