Saturday, December 22, 2012

Thank God We Aren't British

So you know the reputation of Philadelphia sports fans, right? You know the routine: booing Santa, throwing batteries at JD Drew, booing star players (see: Schmidt, McNabb, et al), vomiting on children, killing people outside of bars, yada yada. It's the tried and true way to fill a column for an out of town writer or fill air time for some talking head on ESPN. And we know they are largely mistake. Philadelphians are a lot like other fans. For the most part. I agree that Philadelphia fans are generally more crude. More aggressive. (More passionate???) They are a little more likely to demonstrate uncouth behavior than some joker from Tampa. But I read a story recently and it got me to thinking about my favorite sports town and their fans.

Recently, during an English Premier League, a man was pictured (see inserted photo) making a 'monkey-like gesture' toward a player. [note: race relations in Europe are not so good...]

How would you describe this behavior? Stupid? Insensitive? Misinformed? Bigoted? Those were my initial thoughts. But Her Majesty's lawmen called this criminal. That's right. The guy was arrested. 

According to section 4a of the Public Order Act 1986 - " A person is guilty of an offence if, with intent to cause a person harassment, alarm or distress, he: (a) uses threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour, or disorderly behaviour, or (b) displays any writing, sign or other visible representation which is threatening, abusive or insulting

Now, raise your hand if you've ever used "insulting words" with "intent to cause a person distress" while attending a sporting event or some public place. Ever think you'd get arrested for it? Just think of the size of the jail the jail in Veterans Stadium if that were the case.  We should all thank God we're not British.  Unless, of you are British, and in that case...

13 comments:

Bob D said...

I can think of a few times facing the Mets ..... Hmmm maybe would be better with a Queen

GM-Carson said...

I was never much for booing or yelling at sporting events, but one time I did go ape-shit on the home plate umpire for blowing a call at the Vet where Abreu was clearly safe. The place was nearly empty, so my displeasure echoed through the stadium. Surprised I didn't get booted. My wife certainly thought I was going to be.

Anonymous said...

As always, it is a small minority of British sports fans who are the problem, but due to the violence associated with football (soccer to you) authorities are extremely severe in their reaction to fans who may instigate a large scale negative reaction, as making racist gestures towards different ethnicities of players can do. When I began following baseball and American Football I was amazed how the fans were allowed to sit next to each other without any real trouble. I think it comes down to the fundamental outlook on sports in our respective cultures. Although I have found some Philadelphians to be obnoxious, over zealous and even downright deluded when relating to their sporting franchises (I am not a fan of any of the Philadelphia teams), it is with a respect towards the games they love so passionately. After many debates with Philadelphia fans on various sports, I have never been threatened or assaulted and have a healthy respect for any town that shows support for its teams no matter what. While is it not a terrible thing to be a British sports fan, be very grateful for the sports culture you already have, and long may it continue. I only hope British sports culture can learn something from it along the way.

Chase Trillo said...

Ross to the D-Backs (glad the Phils didn't overpay).

Maybe they can flip us Kubel now.

Beer-a-Thon said...

Kubel would be fine with me. He's not expensive and hopefully wouldn't cost much to land. I'd send Dom Brown straight up for him.

Chase Trillo said...

Not sure if you would need to send Dom Brown. Maybe something like Schwimer and Cloyd, or maybe they would want someone like Valle as the second piece.

Ben said...

"Trading for Vernon Wells is a fantastic idea", said no one ever.

PopsRacer said...

Phillie fans ALMOST reach the level of pond scum on the evolutionary scale..... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4iqef9YELJo

Chase Trillo said...

I'd trade for Vernon Wells if they ate 36 of the 42 million he has left and only took Michael Martinez in return. Other than that, forget it. The one thing about him, he is two years younger than Alfonso Soriano. Maybe I am crazy, but for 3 million a year, I'd gamble.

Chase Trillo said...

Of course, I'd try like hell to get Kubel first.

Bob D said...

Swisher Ibanez and Ross all off market good they were all too expensive and not really an upgrade or worth it

Anonymous said...

Make the trade for Trumbo if the Angels will listen. Cloyd/prospect and Brown/Mayberry

Anonymous said...

Lineup

1. Rollins
2. Revere
3. Utley
4. Howard
5. Trumbo
6. Ruiz
7. Ruf/Mayberry/Brown
8. Young
9. Pitcher