The author discusses how leaving a sporting event is taboo and others give those leaving early dirty looks. He cites several ball games that if you left early, you missed the best part of the game.
So why do we stigmatize spectators who leave early? Dodger fans have been disparaged for beating the traffic ever since the team moved to L.A., though their very name -- derived from Trolley Dodgers -- is an allusion to avoiding traffic.
No one has gone undefeated against traffic. It's not always possible to beat it. My only memory of my one visit to the Indianapolis 500: Spending hours in traffic after watching traffic for hours.
What do you think? Is it still taboo in your area to leave a game early?