Chicago is known for being a great sports town. But thanks to a couple renegades (no, not that Renegade) in 2013, the Windy City became known for fans behaving badly — in two different sports!
The most egregious violation (and perhaps the most alcohol consumed by the person in question) came on the evening of Nov. 6. That's when Winnipeg Jets defenseman Adam Pardy was checked through the United Center glass during a game against the Chicago Blackhawks. A fan then grabbed Pardy's helmet and put it on. The bizarre display inspired a unique scene the next time the Hawks played the Jets in Winnipeg Nov. 21.
Same place, different result
But that wasn't the only time the Midwest metropolis was the site of inappropriate behavior by those in attendance. Back on March 27 — in a game also played at the United Center — the Chicago Bulls snapped the Miami Heat's 27-game winning streak. As LeBron James was walking off the court (after neither he nor his teammates shook hands with the victors), someone attempted to grab James' headband right off his dome. Thanks to quick reflexes, LeBron was able to keep his sweaty piece of equipment.
The middle part of the country had a banner year for those exhibiting poor etiquette. What about those Cleveland Indians fans who chanted "Detroit's bankrupt" during a game against the Detroit Tigers? Classy. Then there was the guy at a Seattle Mariners game who trucked a kid in his efforts to retrieve a dramatic Kyle Seager grand slam. The ballpark was the place for plenty of misguided conduct. There was also the guy who ditched his girl during an incoming Pete Kozma home run.
Here's hoping fans are a little nicer in 2014.
Note: No blog post on fans behaving badly in 2013 would be complete without mention of Miami Heat supporter Filomena Tobias. Read more about the queen of crass here.