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Tailing the Komets

A new topic!

Why am I getting all the Russian blogs in my spam? Who's been doing something naughty on the web?

No, really, here's the new topic: After watching last night's Cubs-Phillies game where the "fan" threw the beer on Shane Victorino, my question is, how far should fans be allowed to go in supporting their teams? How much should fans be a part of the game? I know all of you have seen and heard some pretty interesting things at Komets games over the years. What's the worst fan behavior you have seen or done? What should the limits be for fan behavior?

Posted in: Komets


Five Minute Major
Thu, 08/13/2009 - 10:49am

I sit right behind the opponent's bench and I've seen my share of really bad fan behavior. The worst has been the beer-dumping incidents, fortunately those have been few and far between. The usher down where I sit has eagle eyes and is really good at spotting troublemakers. There's absolutely no excuse for a fan to throw beer on a player or another fan. The only reason it's ever acceptable to throw something onto the playing field is a hat for a hat trick or an opponent's home run ball!

Blake Sebring
Thu, 08/13/2009 - 10:49am

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I think that translates to "Burgee I need a job!" Either that, or "I should have gotten an assist on that last one."

Thu, 08/13/2009 - 10:50am

Fans should stay in the stands which is their playing surface and do their thing and the players stay on their playing surface and do their thing. You don't want Kevin Bertram coming into the stands and punching you in the face because he is frustrated with the traffic on his way to the game and you as a fan don't need to be throwing things at players or insulting their family heritage. Be passionate but in the end, it is a freaking game played by fellow human beings. I don't care if Jim Hawthorne closes his eyes while Robin Big Snake uses his stick as a lance on your favorite player, it isn't worth making a fool out of yourself as a fan over it.,

Here is a great clip to illustrate what happens when both fan and player lose control...

Thu, 08/13/2009 - 11:03am

There have been some really bad things happen with fans. I think they should be able to say or yell just about anything they like, they did payf or the ticket. Racial things do not belong anywhere. They don't belong on the ice either. I have heard Fletcher called one and Toporoski almost lost his arm. He deserved everything he got. I had to report to Commisioner Berry over that one. Throwing any object on the ice at anytime should get you removed. Except the hats for a hat trick, and maybe the octopus in Detroit, after all there is tradition to uphold.

Thu, 08/13/2009 - 11:05am

Alan- Legault will not be resigned by the K's. He may end up in Kazoo. Now you know and can let him go.

Thu, 08/13/2009 - 2:05pm

I'm not the right person to ask because the worst thing I can name would probably have been from back when I was 7 and I used to think about throwing my Crackerjacks at the opponents' bench if the game wasn't going well.

Okay, okay... so, I also intentionally bumped into a visiting Port Huron fan in the MC lobby before the start of game 5 of the 2008 Turner Cup Finals, but not hard enough for anyone to think it was anything but accidental, so you can't prove anything!

By the way, if anyone reading this lives in the Grabill/Harlan/Woodburn area, I'm selling some of my homemade dog biscuits (only $1 for 10) at the garage sale my brother's wife is having on Cuba road near the corner of Antwerp. I can't imagine any dog not liking them, because they smell so good when I'm making them that I'd be tempted to eat them myself. In truth, there is nothing in them that a person wouldn't eat. They come in peanut butter and apple-cinnamon (which I recently perfected). So if you are in the area, check them out. :D

Thu, 08/13/2009 - 2:07pm

Oh and... The sale runs through Friday and is from 3PM to 7 PM. Now back to your regularly scheduled blog.

Thu, 08/13/2009 - 4:17pm

By far the worse thing I have seen fans do is the wave.

Thu, 08/13/2009 - 4:55pm

Me78- You must live a very sheltered life! Either that or you don't get to to many Komet Hockey games. I only seen that two or maybe three times last season. It wasn't done very well any of those times.

Thu, 08/13/2009 - 5:04pm

You had to love Tie, I have a Tie Domi jersey card./Colton Orr Toronto Mapleleafs heavyweight.

Blueline Baby
Thu, 08/13/2009 - 5:24pm

me 78....I do agree with you on the wave being a bad thing, a very bad thing at hockey games. Even my 8 year old knows better....

I have yelled some rather inappropriate things at the opposing team....nothing ever racial, that's just wrong. But I did take the liberty of translating a goaltender's last name from the Spanish to English for my buddies I was with...and we sat around all night making up names that were cheese-related. Poor guy, we were about 5 rows off the ice, so he heard every one, unless he was REALLY concentrating on the game. And trust me, NO ONE can concentrate that hard....we have loud mouths.

One of my favorite things I yelled was at Patton of Bloomington after he got his butt handed to him by a Komet in a one-sided fight. I was sitting way too close to their bench and as he limped back to it, I hollered at him, I guess you're not General Patton!! The section I was in liked that one, but he did not appreciate me...

Blake, your Russian email translated goes something like this: 'In my opinion they stole this article and placed on other site. I already saw it.'

Five Minute Major
Thu, 08/13/2009 - 6:24pm

BB- I think you were sitting in my section when you did the General Patton comment! I remember someone saying something funny like that and everyone around us cracking up. I've also said some inappropriate things, but never anything truely bad... just enough to make my mom look at me funny. But I was proud of Mom this past season during the Finals. Later was sitting on the bench with his helmet off, and Mom asked him-very loudly- if he fell down in front of a lawn mower to get that awful haircut. I know he had to have heard, most of lower 217 heard her too! Go Mom!

Fri, 08/14/2009 - 6:31am

Dschebig, i'm far from sheltered and i go to just about all of the games. once is too many times for the wave.....

Fri, 08/14/2009 - 7:03am

me78- I may have not went far enough with my post. I agree with you 100%. I only wanted to point out it the small number of times people try to get it going. I really can not remember a time it was fully successful. Maybe years ago when it was first started up. Anymore it just plan sucks!

Blueline Baby
Fri, 08/14/2009 - 5:25pm

FMM, yeah I was in lower 217 with the General Patton comment....I think that same night I harassed Standish....he slid into the goal accidentally, and I hollered at him as he came back to the bench, "Hey Marty, you're little, but you're not the puck, man!" He did not really react, but someone sitting next to him on the bench cracked up, as did the section. What a fun night that was...for me, anyway!

Sat, 08/15/2009 - 1:42pm

Hey, BLB... My brother's wife found one of those orange Komets cones for yelling in a garage sale "free" box once. She gave it to me, but I'm not the sort to use it. I should give it to you!

Five Minute Major
Sat, 08/15/2009 - 2:27pm

Lower 217 is a great place to sit if you wanna heckle the opponents. It mostly stays PG-13 too, which is nice. I know that's the reason I got my season tickets there, I enjoy the heckling!

Sat, 08/15/2009 - 11:40pm

i remember the old wooden chairs from rinkside being heaved on the ice and the time a certain teams bus was leaving from underneath the barn and someone dropped a garbage can on top of it! and yes doing the wave at a hockey game is not a very smart thing, specially before the stupid endzone nets were added!