History SeriousBusiness / Sports

6th Feb '18 6:35:28 PM dpisel01
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* Philadelphia...Good Lord, Philadelphia! The city is infamous nationwide for its fanatical, insanely devoted fanbase when it comes to sports, ESPECIALLY where their football team, the Eagles, is concerned. Public support for the Eagles can be seen everywhere in the city during football season. Eagles fans have been dubbed the meanest fans in America as well as the scariest and most intimidating. Every year there are multiple cases of sports-related violence and destruction of property. People will attack each other, especially opposing fans, break store windows, tip cars, and climb poles with such frequency that the city has had to grease them up to try and curb this behavior (it doesn't always work). And this can be whether the fans are angry about a loss, or giddy about celebrating a victory, the latter being most notable in the Eagles' victory in Super Bowl LII. And if you're foolish enough to put down the Philly teams or the sports they play for in front of a fan, well, it was nice knowing you.



* Surfing. In Polynesian culture, surfing has deep cultural and spiritual associations, and many surfers find it annoying when tourists treat it as a mere pastime. In Hawaii in particular, there are "locals only" beaches, and informal clubs and gangs that make sure they stay that way. In Southern California localism has even led to violence on occasion.

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* Surfing. In Polynesian culture, surfing has deep cultural and spiritual associations, and many surfers find it annoying when tourists treat it as a mere pastime.pastime, though this only makes the locals seem arrogant and ignorant of the fact that just because they associate it with spirituality doesn't mean tourists have to (it's perfectly reasonable to treat it as a pastime if you're not Polynesian). In Hawaii in particular, there are "locals only" beaches, and informal clubs and gangs that make sure they stay that way. In Southern California localism has even led to violence on occasion.
26th Nov '17 4:49:05 PM nombretomado
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* IceHockey. People who think Canadians are always polite and well-behaved have clearly never been in Vancouver during a Canucks game.

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* IceHockey.UsefulNotes/IceHockey. People who think Canadians are always polite and well-behaved have clearly never been in Vancouver during a Canucks game.
9th Jul '17 8:57:59 AM nombretomado
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* Australian UsefulNotes/{{cricket}} legend and WorldWarTwo fighter pilot Keith Miller put things into perspective when he was asked how he handled the pressure of international cricket. His reply: "Pressure? A Messerschmitt up your arse is pressure. Playing cricket is not."

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* Australian UsefulNotes/{{cricket}} legend and WorldWarTwo UsefulNotes/WorldWarII fighter pilot Keith Miller put things into perspective when he was asked how he handled the pressure of international cricket. His reply: "Pressure? A Messerschmitt up your arse is pressure. Playing cricket is not."
11th Jun '17 1:48:07 PM nombretomado
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** When Brazil lost the last and decisive match ([[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness there was no final]]) of the 1950 [[FIFAWorldCup FIFA World Cup]], two fans in the stadium committed suicide by throwing themselves off a stand.

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** When Brazil lost the last and decisive match ([[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness there was no final]]) of the 1950 [[FIFAWorldCup FIFA World Cup]], UsefulNotes/FIFAWorldCup, two fans in the stadium committed suicide by throwing themselves off a stand.
11th Jun '17 8:30:15 AM WillBGood
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* Keep the idea of "stadium justice" in mind when going to another team's arena to cheer for your team. If you cause trouble (and depending on who the opponent is, they ''will'' be unwelcoming!), you're going to be sorry, even the security will pick favors.

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* Keep the idea of "stadium justice" in mind when going to another team's arena to cheer for your team. If you cause trouble (and depending on who the opponent is, they ''will'' be unwelcoming!), you're going to be sorry, even the security will pick favors.favorites.
27th May '17 12:28:54 AM TerminusOmega13
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** During one of the recent matchups, the city of Ann Arbor sent their own police officers along to protect their fans in Columbus. **Legendary coach Woody Hayes reportedly went on a recruiting trip to Michigan with an assistant coach, who noted that they were about to run out of fuel. Woody was adamant that they would NOT fill up in Michigan or spend a dime there, and they had to coast across the state border, barely making it to the first gas station on the other side.

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** During one of the recent matchups, the city of Ann Arbor sent their own police officers along to protect their fans in Columbus. **Legendary
** Legendary
coach Woody Hayes reportedly went on a recruiting trip to Michigan with an assistant coach, who noted that they were about to run out of fuel. Woody was adamant that they would NOT fill up in Michigan or spend a dime there, and they had to coast across the state border, barely making it to the first gas station on the other side.
27th May '17 12:27:42 AM TerminusOmega13
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** During one of the recent matchups, the city of Ann Arbor sent their own police officers along to protect their fans in Columbus. Legendary coach Woody Hayes reportedly went on a recruiting trip to Michigan with an assistant coach, who noted that they were about to run out of fuel. Woody was adamant that they would NOT fill up in Michigan or spend a dime there, and they had to coast across the state border, barely making it to the first gas station on the other side. In tribute to Hayes and his absolute hate for all things Michigan, Ohioans will often say "That Team/State Up North" instead of Michigan. Even the school and team's Facebook pages do this, along with covering ANY "M" on campus the week before "The Game".

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** During one of the recent matchups, the city of Ann Arbor sent their own police officers along to protect their fans in Columbus. Legendary **Legendary coach Woody Hayes reportedly went on a recruiting trip to Michigan with an assistant coach, who noted that they were about to run out of fuel. Woody was adamant that they would NOT fill up in Michigan or spend a dime there, and they had to coast across the state border, barely making it to the first gas station on the other side. In
**In
tribute to Hayes and his absolute hate for all things Michigan, Ohioans will often say "That Team/State Up North" instead of Michigan. Even the school and team's Facebook pages do this, along with covering ANY "M" on campus the week before "The Game".Game".
***Ironically, current head coach Urban Meyer's initials are UM.
27th May '17 12:25:19 AM TerminusOmega13
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** During one of the recent matchups, the city of Ann Arbor sent their own police officers along to protect their fans in Columbus. Legendary coach Woody Hayes reportedly went on a recruiting trip to Michigan with an assistant coach, who noted that they were about to run out of fuel. Woody was adamant that they would NOT fill up in Michigan or spend a dime there, and they had to coast across the state border, barely making it to the first gas station on the other side.

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** During one of the recent matchups, the city of Ann Arbor sent their own police officers along to protect their fans in Columbus. Legendary coach Woody Hayes reportedly went on a recruiting trip to Michigan with an assistant coach, who noted that they were about to run out of fuel. Woody was adamant that they would NOT fill up in Michigan or spend a dime there, and they had to coast across the state border, barely making it to the first gas station on the other side. In tribute to Hayes and his absolute hate for all things Michigan, Ohioans will often say "That Team/State Up North" instead of Michigan. Even the school and team's Facebook pages do this, along with covering ANY "M" on campus the week before "The Game".
14th Apr '17 10:39:23 AM DarkPhoenix94
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* Up until the early 1990's, English football fans were [[FootballHooligans infamous for rioting]], to the point where individual teams had 'firms' of hooligans, which essentially engaged in gang warfare. This behaviour, combined with high fences to keep fans off the pitch and standing areas, culminated in the Heysel Disaster of 1985 in which 39 Juventus fans were killed (resulting in the ban of English teams from European competition for five years) and the Hillsborough disaster, in which ''96'' Liverpool fans were killed, with the [[TearJerker youngest victim, Jon-Paul Gilhooley, being only nine years old.]] He was also the cousin of a little boy who grew up to become legendary Liverpool and England captain Steven Gerrard, [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming who later said in his autobiography that he plays for Jon-Paul]]. The latter, however, can mainly be blamed on poor policing and the police attempted to pass the buck to the fans with the support of the Thatcher government. The ''Sun'' newspaper responded by viciously slandering Liverpool fans, alleging that they looted and pissed on the dead. To this day, despite several apologies of dubious sincerity, the ''Sun'' sells very few papers in Liverpool. Over twenty years after the disaster, a documentary proved that you can't even give it away.

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* Up until the early 1990's, English football fans were [[FootballHooligans infamous for rioting]], to the point where individual teams had 'firms' of hooligans, which essentially engaged in gang warfare. This behaviour, combined with high fences to keep fans off the pitch and standing areas, culminated in the Heysel Disaster of 1985 in which 39 Juventus fans were killed (resulting in the ban of English teams from European competition for five years) and the Hillsborough disaster, in which ''96'' Liverpool fans were killed, with the [[TearJerker youngest victim, Jon-Paul Gilhooley, being only nine ten years old.]] He was also the cousin of a little nine year old boy who grew up to become legendary Liverpool and England captain Steven Gerrard, lauded by legends of the game as one of its finest players, [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming who later said in his autobiography that he plays played for Jon-Paul]]. The latter, however, can mainly be blamed on poor policing and the police and ambulance service attempted to pass the buck to the fans with the support of the Thatcher government. The ''Sun'' newspaper responded by viciously slandering Liverpool fans, alleging that they looted and pissed on the dead. To this day, despite several apologies of dubious sincerity, the ''Sun'' sells very few papers in Liverpool. Over twenty years after the disaster, a documentary proved that you can't even give it away.
10th Apr '17 5:43:52 AM DarkPhoenix94
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** The legendarily competitive [[FanNickname Shanks]] was a goldmine of quotes to this effect:
*** To Liverpool player Tommy Smith: "Take that bandage off. And what do you mean about YOUR knee? It's Liverpool's knee!"
*** And about local rivals Everton: "If Everton were playing at the bottom of the garden, I'd pull the curtains."
*** "I know this is a sad occasion but I think that Dixie would be amazed to know that even in death he could draw a bigger crowd than Everton can on a Saturday Afternoon." For context, this was ''[[CrossesTheLineTwice at a man's funeral.]]''
*** And on a cup semi-final in 1971 against Everton. "Sickness would not have kept me away from this one. If I'd been dead, I would have had them bring the casket to the ground, prop it up in the stands and cut a hole in the lid."
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