Is it football season yet? Please hurry. Only 2 weeks until training camp, 50 days until the first college football game, 52 until the first college football Saturday and 60 days until Cleveland Browns opening day. It can’t get her soon enough. Having to watch the horrible NBA finals of Boston-Los Angeles, seeing the Indians disappointing like only a Cleveland team can, Tiger out of golf, the Cavs likely to not make any significant moves in the offseason and the Gladiators, as much as I liked watching them, they just aren’t going to fix my football needs.
I’m looking into what Browns tickets I want to get this year and how to get them. I starting thinking about all the great times I had in that stadium last year and all the fun that will happen there this year too. All the yelling, all the cheering, all the standing, all the degrading non-Browns fans and all the other drunken and non-drunk tomfoolery that goes on. It made me happy that I don’t live in Kansas City and a Chiefs fan. I saw something on the Yahoo! home page that interested me. “NFL team bans standing at games.” It turns out it was the Chiefs. I thought no way can they really ban standing, there has to be a catch. Nope. A look at the Chiefs fan code of conduct simply states “standing and/or obstructing the view of other fans.” Wow. Come on. Really?
So giving your team a standing ovation isn’t acceptable behavior? Getting excited over a big play and leaping to your feet is now not allowed? On a big third-and-2, you can’t stand up, encourage others to stand up and make as much noise as possible to help out your team? This is unbelievable. This rule was obviously put together by someone who hasn’t watch a football game from the stadium and doesn’t appreciate the game.
Of course this rule would be much worse in other stadiums for other teams. Good news is the Chiefs will be so bad, the fans won’t really have a reason to cheer.
I remember the Seattle game last year in Cleveland. We stood from the middle of the fourth quarter on through overtime. It was one of the best games I’ve ever been to and one of the loudest crowds. The fans were really into the game and there’s no way it would have been the same if we had to do all our cheering from sitting on our asses.
I took the liberty of looking at the Chiefs fan code of conduct and comparing it to Cleveland’s. The Browns do have a standing policy but look at the difference. Cleveland’s reads “Excessive standing – please be aware that when you stand, you block the view of the fans behind you. We do not wish to diminish your ability to cheer and enjoy the game, however, your continued standing can interfere with others’ ability to enjoy the game from their seats.” Fair rule and more times than not, if you want to stand up and cheer, the guys around already are, too.
Or if standing isn’t that bad for you, how about this one; in KC’s “intoxication or other signs of impairment.” Hahahahahaha. Really? You expect people to go to an NFL game and not tailgate, not drink beers and not be intoxicated? Cleveland has no such rule listed on their fan conduct list. Nothing mentioning alcohol or intoxication at all (besides the standard right to refuse to sell to anyone). If there was a rule like that at Cleveland Browns Stadium, I’m pretty sure no more than 54 people would be allowed at the games.
And just for good measure, KC has this rule: “Harassment of visiting team fans.” Again, Cleveland has no such rule. Look, if you are going to wear a visiting team colors to another teams stadium, expect to get yelled at, degraded, have stuff thrown at you and an all around miserable time. If you do it in Cleveland, expect all that, and maybe even a few sucker punches. People are passionate about their teams and we don’t want and aren’t welcome to fans of other teams coming into our territory.
Football season is coming up soon and I can’t wait. The Browns will be a playoff contender and their fans will be allowed to cheer them on. Kansas City on the other hand will not be a playoff contender and their fans will be having as miserable of a time in the stands as the players are on the field. HERE WE GO BROWNIES, HERE WE GO!!!