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.
What do you think? Is it still taboo in your area to leave a game early?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.
I've been to many Dodgers games and no one really cares/notices the crowds thinning out. It's to everyone's benefit if people leave at different intervals. I can't imagine how bad the traffic would be if everyone waited until the end of the game to leave.
I try to leave early whenever I go to sporting events. The potential for spending 2 hours in the parking lot after the game is enough motivation to miss the last minutes/innings.
Being on the west coast, games rarely go past 11. I don't understand how east-coast fans can go to a game that late since it would be 2AM before it ends. How do you not leave early?
I don't think it's taboo around here. I can't imagine giving someone dirty looks for it.
No it's not taboo. That is the lamest thing I've every heard! Who thinks up this sh!t? Hell no I'm not going to sit in 2 hours of traffic just to get out of a stadium and if somebody is stupid enough to think this is rude, they can shove it up their a$$.
Is that dramatic enough to convey my opinion? LOL.
Seriously, can't imagine anybody being bothered by someone leaving a sporting event early. Get a life. I've never even heard of such a thing until I read this thread.
I live in Philly. Nothing is taboo. We are no.tor.ious.
We attend the college basketball games with thousands of people and always leave 3 minutes before end of the game, as does hundreds of other people. As soon as we get to the car, we turn on the radio and finish the game. Not taboo at all!
I dont' think its taboo....
But i'm of the personal belief that its right to support your team to the end of the game. I do think its pretty lame when the masses start to leave in droves early.
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Oh Goodness. I love it when people leave early. We did for the College World Series when Jason was teeny but only do it when we know that sitting in the car for more than an hour is not possible.
Not taboo here. Can't imagine being annoyed by it. If you leave early and miss the best part of the game, who are you hurting besides yourself? Odd thing to get riled up about.