To stand or not to stand.
That's the question this Bengals fan is asking in an op/ed inside the Cincinnati Enquirer.
I never understood the thinking of the guy who starts the reaction other than it must feel pretty powerful to have that much control over that many people. Not only does standup guy control the physical actions of hundreds of people, but he also controls their emotions. Many fans get angry at standup guy. Many love him and bond with him. Most just wonder why standup guy doesn't realize or care that those around him can't see. My favorite is "standup and look at phone" guy. Not only is he oblivious to those around him, he isn't even watching the game.
At a game a few years ago, I had the opportunity to ask standup guy who owned the vacant seat right in front of me why he was standing. He said, with great conviction: "Because it's football." He was clearly angry when other fans began asking him to sit. Imagine leading an army into battle only to look behind you and see your troops sitting down. You now know how standup guy felt. His pride would not let him sit, though. He had a battle to fight and, by God, he would conquer. Thank goodness I could sit, watch the big screen and enjoy my beer.
You're at a Bengals game. Do you stand or not?