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This week the family of a Giants fan, who was beaten after a game against the Dodgers earlier this season, has filed a lawsuit against the team for not providing enough security at the stadium.

It is now becoming a sad state in sports when fans cannot control themselves and take the games too seriously. Also, it does not help when most of them are ingest lots of alcohol before, during and after the game.

I have seen too many YouTube clips of fans from opposing teams calling each other names, and it turns into a full-on brawl.

They think just because you put down a lot of money to watch the games, you can act however you want.

Their actions are driving away a lot of families who want bring their children to a contest and let them see their favorite players. It’s also driving away a lot of people who just want to enjoy a game to get away from life for a few hours.

However, it’s not just the professional level that this is a problem.

It has also sunk down to others levels of sports, including college, high school and even youth.

I know want you are going to say. Hey, you’re a reporter and you get to sit in a press box. Well, guess what we cannot cheer at all, or we will get thrown out and our passes might be pulled for the rest of the season.

That includes the workers of the actual team that we are covering like the scorekeeper, the public address announcer and the media relations contact. Our jobs call for professionalism at all times.

These parents have sometimes taken it too far and the officials take a lot of unnecessary abuse. If there is a problem let the coach talk to the officials. That is their job.

I’m not saying you can’t cheer for your team, or boo the other team. Just be reasonable. 

This is not a First Amendment rights issue.

However, in high school I learned a hard lesson about sportsmanship. During our senior year, a group of us would travel to some of the away games. They were fun trips, but we took it too far with some of our cheers.

So with about a few weeks left in the school year, the principle brought us into the office and pretty much told us to stop, or we would lose the chance to graduate and go to the prom. That was a much needed wake-up call. That was part of the reason I wanted to study to become a sports reporter in college.

Another huge problem that needs to be fixed is the affect alcohol has on the behavior of fans at the sporting events.

Too many people are wasted when they get to the game and they act stupidly at the players, officials and of course each other. That is another reason why some people would much rather watch the games on their high-definition television. It great to kick back and enjoy a beer, but you’ve got to use your head because you are putting other people in danger with your actions.

Also, just because you see a fan in the opposing colors does not give you the right to harass them.

It’s actually kind of cool to joke with them, because most of them are nice people. However, do not stoop to their level if they start giving you a hard time.

So enjoy all of the events this Memorial Day weekend, but please do it safety.

Also, please remember our troops for everything they do, I got two brothers that are representing this country and everything its stands for. They are the real reason we celebrate the holiday.

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