Spectators Need To Think
I`ve been seeing it far too many times and, in many cases, it`s not too pretty. Spectators watching a high school game just don't think about the odds of getting hurt and it happens.
Parents, friends, school buddies and just your simple spectator show up for high school games wanting to see the action, maybe catch a glimpse of a relative or what they think might be a future pro athlete, and leave telling stories about how someone got injured or how they came so close to leaving in an ambulance.
We're talking outdoor sports. Not all schools have bleachers. While many take the time to rope off areas for safety and/or security reasons, you know what happens.
Take football, nice weather and rather than stand back from the playing field, there is a tendency to be that close. Maybe to see better. Maybe to holler at officials. Maybe there are other reasons. But it also increases the chances of accidents. As few as they are, they happen — and they can be avoided.
Let's see, there have been broken arms, people hitting their heads on the ground and the list goes on. We won't include torn clothes or spilled soft drinks.
At a game I was at last week, an older gentleman came out to see his grandson play. He was closer to the field than me. Yup, he decided to sit in one of those folded lawn chairs and, well, a second quarter play had a receiver grab a sideline pass and — crunch. The two collided. Grandpa was shaken up with a bloodied nose. He was fine and watched the rest of the game — this time, further back from the sidelines.
At a playoff game in Pickering, at St. Mary High, I am told that a mother was watching a football game. She had a baby carriage too. You know where I am going on this: another sideline play and the carriage got hit, baby went flying and mother made the catch.
Even cross country races, several times this year spectators inching closer to see who is in the lead, bump competitors who then trip and it's a mess. At a soccer game last week, a spectator was walking close to the field — with a coffee (maybe it was tea or hot chocolate) and he got bumped — by a sideline official.
I know, it's fun to be right where the action is and to congregate with others to talk. If you choose to do so, better be observant — and quick. Remember, I warned you.