Sunday, November 21, 2010

And now a word from our commentators aka The Fan Clothing Manifesto

The one thing which is far more enjoyable than reading any article on the internet is looking through the comments that people make. The long-winded Russian author Fyodor Dostovevsky once wrote "The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons; " I'm pretty sure in modern times that can be extended to website comments.

When one sifts past the little bit of journalism that most site provide you can find some of the most ignorant, stupid, brilliant, funniest posts. Once such gem popped up on a sport website I read called Icethetics.

Amidst a random topic one guy, Mark, tapped into something which has pissed me off for a long time.. so without due, here's what I dub to be "The Fan Clothing Manifesto"

"Every game I go to, without fail, there's like 100 people wearing completely random jerseys, as if to say "Look at me, I enjoy sports". I'm sorry, you fail. You are not allowed to wear a jersey of a team who is not competing that night. The only possible exception is perhaps a national team jersey of your home country with the name of a player who is playing that night (example, perfectly fine to wear team Canada Luongo jersey to Canucks game, but not Henrik Sedin Sweden jersey).

"And for good measure, no adult shall wear a sports jersey as everyday wear. You may only wear a sports jersey if you are: a) going to the game, b) watching the game at a buddy's house/bar. So, to you, guy I saw wearing a Hartford Whalers Brendan Shannahan jersey last St. Patrick's day, just because Shannahan is an Irish name does not mean it's acceptable to wear said jersey in public.

That felt good to get off my chest."

- Mark (4:13pm, 11/17/10)

Breathe proudly Mark. Breathe proudly.

His comment was particularly timely for me after I went to a Kings vs. Bruins game over the weekend. Lo and behold what do I spot there but a bunch of Canadian dudes rocking Quebec Nordiques jerseys (click the pic to enlarge). Dude not only is Quebec not playing (i.e. a 3rd party team), they don't even exist anymore.

You drove down from Canada to do that? Idiots. Aye.

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

...and now an email from the commissioner of the co-ed non-contact Sunday night floor hockey league I'm in:

Hi Bryan and Shakes,

I’m writing you in regards to your teams game last Sunday. As you know, ZogSports is a charity-focused, co-ed social sports league. While we appreciate the level of competitiveness in our league, we do not tolerate any un-sportsmanlike behavior, which includes “trash talking”, antagonizing players on other teams or their own teammates, exhibiting excessive uncontrollable play, “mouthing off” to the referee(s), verbally or physically threatening an opponent or member of our staff.

The behavior by both teams last Sunday was not consistent with the tone we strive to maintain in all of our leagues. I just wanted to remind both teams to keep these goals of sportsmanship and fair play in mind for the rest of the season so your team and your opponents can fully enjoy the games remaining.Thanks and have fun this weekend.

Andy Koleba
League Manager, Zogsports.
"Play for your cause"

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