In my 20th season in the sports writing business and covering high school football, its still amazing to see how some adults react to a high school football game.
Some of them need to remember that they are indeed adults. Or they need to grow up a little bit, and in a lot of cases not even just a little bit.
Fans can be fans -- we see silliness all the way down to youth football -- and those problems definitely are evident on the high school level. Thats troubling.
These ugly scenarios are seen every week at games. Coaches wives and families have to sit away from the rest of the crowd because they just dont want to put up with fans who want to show off how much they think they know about the game. Those kinds of fans can ruin the game for everyone, and, most of the time, they are off with their assessment of what is going on out on the field.
Just ask the coaches or any of the other quieter fans who actually do know the game.
Even though its not ideal, dealing with those situations is part of the job description of being a head coach. The coaches families shouldnt have to worry about those things, but we all know thats not realistic.
So it kind of comes with the territory.
It shouldnt come with the territory for the players. Any adult who criticizes or screams and yells at a high school athlete for making a mistake needs to look in the mirror a little bit and think about what is going on in their own life.
There are the former athletes who cant let go of the fact that theyre no longer competing. There are parents who live vicariously through their childs athletics exploits. And there are the fans who just feel they have to be part of the show and make a spectacle of themselves in the stands.
No matter what category those fans fall in, theyre wrong for their behavior.
Most high school athletes wont go on to a college or professional career. They are just kids who love to play the games they play, and they deserve the respect of the adults in the stands.
When they dont get that, it reflects badly on the people in the stands, not the players on the field. And it hurts the game for everyone involved.
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