If losing a critical football game isn’t embarrassing enough, watching thousands of fans leave in droves before the game is over is even more depressing.
With every quarter that passed, I lost hope for a favorable outcome of yesterday’s Broncos/Chargers game. According to my mom, the seven paragliders that flew over Invesco Stadium and onto the field before kickoff were the most exciting part of the game. And my dad fell asleep at the top of the fourth quarter. I fixed that with a hard nudge. As for Steve and me, we stayed awake and paid attention the entire game. I even have bathroom tricks to minimize time away from the game. I would share them with you, but then I would have to wait longer in the secret lines.
In any event, as you may know, this particular game was painful to watch. I am a wonderful fan though: I never swear at opponents, I smile at them; I get up on my feet for a third and long attempt and get other people to stand up too; I don’t overreact on a bad call or bad play, these things happen; I STAY UNTIL THE END OF THE GAME, even though it was a bad game and horrible loss.
So many “fans” left the game over the course of the fourth quarter, after a successful San Diego drive, a pitiful Denver drive, an interception, bla bla bla. I don’t want to hear it. If you are a true fan, you will stay until the end of the game. I like to think about every side of a story, so here are three reasons why I think people might leave before the end of the game, and my rebuttal to each:
1. Football is a form of entertainment. If you are not being entertained, you leave. Okay, maybe you’re one of those flakes who left the theater because Bruno offended you. But this isn’t a Bruno situation — have some respect. These players are playing as hard as they can, and still trying to keep you engaged. Football is entertaining even if your home team is not winning. Watch the cheerleaders, eat a peanut, or just pretend you’re a Chargers fan for a minute and get excited when you see an awesome play. Continue reading