Mike Lantry, 1972
Down in front coming to a stadium near you?
There is a well known fact that in many areas of Michigan Stadium, Jumping up and screaming, and giving your friends a "high five" for a 10+ yard run would mean you would hear shouts of "Down in front!". I can remember the first time me and my brother did that on one of our trips up to Ann Arbor to watch a game. The awkward stares recieved by being the only two people showing a pulse anywhere other than the student section was creepy.
Here is a little gem I found on Yahoo sports dealing with the Kansas City Chiefs, and Arrow Head Stadium.
Re the new rules:
In practice, though, it might not be such a great idea, especially if the person responsible for coming up with the rules is an 85-year-old woman who teaches the 2nd grade and regards standing up as one of the evil things that young whippersnappers often do. Seriously, standing erect is the No. 2 item on the list of things that are prohibited:
• Standing and/or obstructing the view of other fans
Not only that, Pro Football Talk points out how seated fans can anonymously tattle on their upright counterparts:
The Chiefs also have set up a text-messaging system that allows fans who might be offended by behaviors like standing to report the situation to the powers-that-be.
I can see the down in front crowd salivating at the same ideas now.
All logic aside, it's a matter of how it looks like you are supporting the team on the field. The idea is that when your team scores, everyone (who is able) jumps to their feet and cheers, so why shouldn't this exuberance be displayed at all times? Why only selectively stand and cheer when you could be doing it at all times?*
Again... logic aside. The less-able folks wouldn't be too pleased with that argument.
*Assumes standee is actually cheering...