I went to see a fight and a hockey game broke out.
Seriously, though, a team near me was hosting a Canadian team a few years ago and my brother and I went to see one of the games. The Canadian team had come down here and was playing their full 3 game schedule against the local team rather than having to travel 3 times.
By the third game these guys were ready to kill each other. At one point 3 fights started and the referees couldn’t get it under control for quite a while.
I was also deaf by the end of the game because everybody in the place had a cowbell on a stick and was jammed shoulder to shoulder on one side of the ice.
Crazy. But fun.
@blaineg Don’t judge an entire global phenomenon by one sour experience. Soccer (or football everywhere other than anglophone North America and parts of Australia) draws devoted and excited crowds, and even high school games are nonstop action.
@blaineg that’s referred to as bunkering, or parking the bus. It’s a legit defensive tactic that some teams use (usually, but not always, an outmatched team that’s desperate for a result.) It’s actually pretty difficult and stressful for the defense, and can fail spectacularly. Pretty much everyone hates it because it’s a bit boring if done well. Good teams can adjust and break down a bunkered defense with good runs, ball movement, and winning duels. That can be really exciting and totally worth sticking around for.
All sports have their boring moments/tactics and they are often considered exceptional performances. Nothing is more boring than a no-hitter, but everyone is gonna be talking about it around the water cooler the next day.
I’m not a sports fan in any way, shape, or form, but for some reason I really enjoy going to baseball games. I don’t particularly care about the game itself, but the experience is always a lot of fun. We have a good High-A team nearby (the Fort Wayne Tincaps), but I haven’t been to a game in years.