Someone asked me how my blog and newspaper column came to be titled "Bleachers Brew". It's like this, it's an amalgam of sorts of two things: The bleachers area in the stadium/arena where I used to sit when I would watch baseball, football, and basketball games and Miles Davis' great jazz album Bitches Brew. That's how it got culled together. I originally planned on calling it "The View from the Big Chair" that is a nod to Tears For Fear's second album, Songs from the Big Chair. So there.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Robert De Niro where art thou?

Remember that movie starring Robert De Niro and Wesley Snipes... The Fan? De Niro's character Gil Renard takes obssession to overdrive when baseball player Bobby Rayburn jstruggles with his new team, the San Fransisco Giants. Kinda disturbing, huh? Well, here's more fan behaviour justified or not...

After England left back Ashley Cole made a poor pass that led to a Kazakhstan goal, the crowd at Wembley Stadium booed the Chelsea player every time he touched the ball. Get this, the score at that time was 5-1 in favor of England.

The Three Lions' boss Fabio Capello was noticeably pissed at the crowd for their display. "I couldn't understand the crowd booing Ashley Cole after he made a mistake. It is possible for one player to make mistake. It is very important that the crowd help him and not boo him."

Over in Cincinnati, Bengals fans are returning or selling their pricey tickets with 10 games left in the schedule with some five home games to be played. The Bengals are currently at 0-6 and the fans have had enough. $64 tickets are being sold for as low as $24.

The team in the meantime is pleading with the fans to be patient with the turnaround. Said one fuming fan who has clearly had enough, "Bad economy. Bad team. Guess what? I'd rather save my money for a rainy day."

In another incident involving supporters of Atletico Madrid, the Spanish side was hit with the heaviest sanctions so far by UEFA which fined the Spanish side with €150,000 for their fans' racist abuse of Marseille players earlier this month and handed a three-match stadium ban - one game suspended - after crowd trouble and lack of organisation at the same match. The Rojiblancos' (red whites) coach Javier Aguirre has also been banned for his club's home and away fixtures against Liverpool for insulting Marseille player Mathieu Valbuena.

What's up with this, Spain? Is this how you really are? Racists? I guess getting your asses kicked in so many wars has not taught you any basic human decency at all.

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