The World of Sports


I love ushers or concession workers who squat inside the sport’s stadium so spectators don’t experience an obstructed view. Even though these concession workers are busy trying to make a buck, they are cognizant to what is occurring on the field and get my respect for the idea that they respect my desire to see all plays on the field.

It’s interesting that some spectators in very small venues will get up and walk in front of a group of fans while the game is occurring. For example, during high school water polo matches or during swim races, you have individuals who will casually stand in front of you or casually walk by while you’re trying to view the event. Mind you, their child may not be playing or racing at the moment doesn’t indicate a reason for them to impede your view.

Being A Good Spectator

Being A Good Spectator

Some might tell me to “chill” and that it’s not a big deal but let’s peel the onion. If they do this in a small venue, who’s to say they wouldn’t do this at a college basketball or football game when some pay good money for such entertainment. It could be the pre-season, regular or playoff games, will one behavior translate to another?

If some fans are not cognizant when they create an obstructive view, who’s to say it will make a difference during professional events? To me, behavior is a series of habits which might be hard to break moving from a small venue to a very large one.


If you’re down by 17 or 20 points in the 3rd quarter of an NFL game, it doesn’t mean you need to panic and try to win the game within the next 10 minutes or so. Even though the temptation is to deviate from your offensive game plan, that may not be what’s needed in this situation. You could lose the game in the next 10 minutes although it’s quite likely you will need more time to win it.

From what my naked eye can see, the greatest play you can ever make will only net you 6 points. Even if it’s shown in 50 years as a record setting pass or run or shown repeatedly on ESPN or Fox Sports, 6 points is total value received. So if you’re down by 17 and score a touchdown and even convert the 2 point try, you are still down by 2 scores so patience and trusting your strategy is critical. Again, you may not even need to deviate from your game plan unless you’re maybe down by 3 scores in the 4th quarter. Having said that, your margin for error is small so it’s still critical you’re competent and efficient on every play.

It’s common to hear broadcasters opine on why one team down by 3 scores is running the ball. Are they completely factoring everything in before they make that comment? Are they thinking or are they automatically regurgitating what they heard years prior. I’ve seen teams score 4 times in one quarter and some of those drives included some running plays. Sometimes I wonder if announcers automatically think a running play is a bad idea without considering it too could become a big play. Besides, you have to keep the defense somewhat on their toes so they are wondering what type of play is next.

Besides having an effective offense when making a comeback, your defense needs to get a stop. If you start to score touchdowns to get into the game and your defense is like a sieve, it’s a pointless exercise. Perhaps being down by 3 scores, you need to be extremely careful and focused on getting back 6 or 7 points if possible and at the same time, give your defense a rest and then an opportunity to do their job.

Of course, this strategy is probably more effective at home where momentum can swing with a play or two. It also means away teams need to be extremely careful while nursing a lead. One or two plays can often change the direction of the game.