I’m checking out of reality, along with the rest of the world!
High school sports fans in Washington state, if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. That’s the rule the state high school athletic association is trying to implement, with a ban on booing designed to raise the discourse in high school sports.
Hey, why not! And while we’re at it, let’s also ban breathing and thinking.
The high school association says it’s having a hard time recruiting and retaining referees because the abuse they get from the fans is so bad. If it’s reached that level, I agree that something needs to be done, but I think a ban on booing is the wrong way to go.
“If ya can’t stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen”? Looks like there are a lot of folks who can’t take the heat on the left coast.
Booing, by its nature, is sort of a collective way for the fans in the stands to say they’re not happy about what’s going on down there on the court or the field. It’s generally not abusive toward any individual person. What I’d like to see the high school association do is try to restrain profane or mean-spirited insults hurled at specific people. I’ve attended high school games and heard things yelled about individual players’ SAT scores or individual referees’ physical appearance. That ought to be out of bounds, especially in high school. If a fan does that, I don’t have a problem with having him escorted from the arena. But if the high school association is talking about giving a technical foul to the home team just because the fans boo when the visiting team takes the court, that’s going too far.
I’ll admit, people don’t seem to have any self control anymore, so perhaps they should ban spectators all together? Would that actually make a difference? Well, it might, since the players wouldn’t be distracted by people yelling at them all the time. Who knows, but this is a really stupid idea.
Oh yeah, and while we banning things, let’s ban stupidity too!