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Letter: Okanagan Sun a classy team–fan not so much
To the editor:
As we have occasionally done in the past, several of us made the trip to the Apple Bowl in Kelowna to watch our sons’ team, the Kamloops Broncos, play the Okanagan Sun yesterday.
Although it wasn’t a great game from a Kamloops perspective, it was still a beautiful day in a great venue. Congratulations to the Sun for their great season and for making the playoffs again this year. They are a class organization which shows in the successful teams they field year in and year out.
Unfortunately the same can’t be said for a small minority of the Sun’s fans.
As is usually the case, the vast majority are there to cheer on their boys and enjoy the game. Occasional boos and negative comments directed toward the opposition, and sometimes the officials, are all part of that. (The “No score” echo some of the fans had going was actually quite clever and in good humour).
But then there is the exception. The one fan, in this case an older female, who takes it too far and drags the rest of the Sun supporters down. Her taunts when receivers dropped passes, quarterbacks made bad passes, or players missed tackles were palatable.
What was totally classless was when she started taunting an injured Bronco player.
I don’t believe in my 45+ years of playing, coaching and watching sports that I have ever witnessed such boorish behaviour especially at an amateur level. I might expect it from a 19-year-old semi-intoxicated male at a professional football or hockey game but not at this level of competition from an older female.
What I would say to this individual is, how would you react if it was your son or daughter lying there injured and a fan started on them in a similar fashion?
Yeah I thought so. A little different when you look at it that way.
Again I don’t want to take anything away from the Sun players who played a great game and had a great season. Good luck against Langley on Sunday. Lets get the Cullen Cup back to the Interior!