For last week’s game I sat on the sidelines with Iddo so I got some different photos and didn’t get a feel for the opposing team like I normally do. Iddo had a lot of fun playing in a pile of leaves (until a tiny ant crawled up her pants and she decided that was not comfortable). She clapped for the touchdowns and danced to the band. Unfortunately they had to pull out the mercy rule at the end and kept the clock running the whole 4th quarter just to keep the score from being run up too high by the away team.
This week’s game was on Thursday night. We weren’t too far into the first quarter when I whispered to Brett that this away team was mean. And they were. The penalties were in the double digits by the end of the game. I heard more swear words from both players and coaches. The coaches were openly making disparaging comments about the home team (so much for good sportsmanship). One player actually thought it was okay to ask a coach at one point if he’d ever gotten into a fight with a ref after a game. What kind of culture does that team have if that’s an appropriate question? And then there was the actual fight that two female spectators got into during the second half as well (which we found out about afterwards when our babysitter told us she’d steered Iddo away from wandering in that direction). The away fans were openly taunting and booed multiple times throughout the game. That, and they couldn’t do math. With the score 7 to 19 and a third touchdown having just been called back, the coach walked the sidelines loudly muttering about how the score should be 7 to 45. I’m not sure how many points he thinks touchdowns are worth or why he thought they could’ve made that many two-point conversions when they’d already blown one and a single-point after kick. But that math just did not add up.
Iddo enjoyed the band at halftime though, really busting some moves to their show. And we got home safe. Hopefully next week’s game goes a lot better not just in terms of score but also in terms of attitude on our side of the field.