Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune recently appeared on “Fabulous Sports Babe Show” (ESPN AM 1040). The Sports Babe asked him about the concerns of some fans that Bucs games are no longer a family friendly atmosphere.
Cummings agreed saying the games are “basically a drunkfest” and that he is not sure he would take a 10-year old to one of the games (you can read a transcript of the entire discussion at our brothers-from-another-mother JoeBucsFan.com).
We have season tickets but due to our growing brood, we haven’t been to a game in three years. We never experienced any problems in our section, but we have definitely seen fights in other areas and we have heard plenty of language we wouldn’t our young girls to ever experience.
We have also been to many other stadiums and there are plenty of teams that have atmospheres far worse than that at RayJay.
Still, even if the number of bad seeds is limited and being blown out of proportion, as some have argued, it only takes a few a**holes to ruin it for a lot of people. And no matter what the true situation, the NFL now has this reputation that needs to be fixed.
As the at-home experience continues to improve, more and more fans are going to forgo the live game experience which may be littered with obnoxious jacka**es that can’t hold their liquor.