Super OT: Football Fan Violence Caught on Tape

Submitted by FauxMo on September 28th, 2018 at 2:08 PM

This is super OT, but it's too good not to share. A fight broke out in the stands at the Vikings-Rams game. I'll let you watch for yourselves (and can someone smarter than me imbed (or embed?) the video?), but the punchline is that the guy with high ground who throws the first punch and looks like he's winning the fight gets thrown like a chihuahua down 5 rows of bleachers...

On a more serious note (or question maybe?), what is it about NFL football that makes 30-60 year old white guys think they're tough and want to fight? 



September 28th, 2018 at 6:32 PM ^

IDK about that. I think some people just enjoy fighting, which is why they enjoy sports. That symbolism of tribal combat just brings it out in people that are already looking for a little physical excitement in their lives.

Though, alcohol is probably what allows it to bubble to the surface, I generally think it's probably there under the surface already.

Also, we got NOTHING on soccer fans. Football Hooligans literally have gangs that run around and beat the piss out of each other every match day.


September 28th, 2018 at 2:13 PM ^

On a more serious note (or question maybe?), what is it about NFL football that makes 30-60 year old white guys think they're tough and want to fight? 

My experience attending a few NFL games in the past, and  many many NCAA games in recent years, ALCOHOL is what drives these idiots into thinking they can and will fight anyone...Thus a primary reason selling alcohol at a college game is not a great idea, better ways to create revenue and not risk the consequences, no matter how few incidents there would's not worth the PR and risk.


September 28th, 2018 at 2:20 PM ^

Usually I only attend Michigan games, but had an opportunity to attend a non-Lions NFL game last season and it was a circus up in the 300s. People got drunker and drunker. Seemed like by the time the 3rd and 4th quarter was around, there were a steady stream of people being thrown out by security in the upper deck. A few people came close to fistfights too (some from the same fanbase too). I appreciate that Michigan is a dry stadium


September 28th, 2018 at 2:13 PM ^

I think alcohol is what makes them want to fight. When that happy feeling wears off and belligerence creeps in, the game starts to get personal. Then you're tense the whole time and there's nothing you can do about what's happening on the field, so you look down at the smug asshole in front of you whose cheers for [whatever NFL team seems most like sparty] seem directed at YOU more than at the game, so you decide that maybe there is something you can do after all! Who is he to be cheering like that? I hate that guy! Whammo! Next thing you're five rows down. 


September 28th, 2018 at 4:37 PM ^

Seems like a personality and education thing. 

1. An adult who wastes money to get wasted at a pro game is a moron. Why can’t one enjoy the game without having to make their brain loss a sense of itself?

2. If one gets so mad they want to punch someone, so he uses alcohol as the lubricant to unleash his anger, he has larger problems in life. Who risks a good job and reputation on Zach Smithing it? 


Wolverine In Iowa 68

September 28th, 2018 at 2:13 PM ^

In answer to your last question, I'm guessing beer consumption.


The dude who took the 3-4 punches and then tossed the dude is a definite beast.  He probably hurt like hell the next day (at least his face had to), but holy shit, that dude has some major balls.  I would not want to cross him in a dark alley.


September 28th, 2018 at 2:26 PM ^

I wonder what the guy who got tossed was thinking?

"Hey, this is going great! I am landing punches at will here, and I am going to win this....HOLY SHIT, I'm flying through the air. Fuck, I'm about to land on the hardest plastic seat on Earth. Yep, there it is, my C4 and C5 vertebrae just got crushed. Fuuuuucccckkkkk..." 

Blues the ONE

September 28th, 2018 at 3:16 PM ^

Hey, I am a lover not a fighter....

All I said was that the guy wasn't a beast. He grabbed the guy punching him and pulled him forward. There was no need to lift him, just get him moving downhill. 

And no, I would not have been able to absorb 4 punches, glancing or not...Maybe 30-40 years ago but not now.  I pride myself now in not getting myself into those situations. 

Laser Wolf

September 28th, 2018 at 2:16 PM ^

Generally it’s alcohol mixed with angry middle-aged men that conflate their own personal identities with the honor of a sports team that doesn’t know they exist. 

Brick in The Wave

September 28th, 2018 at 2:24 PM ^

Once watched a civil conversation about who was better Anthrax or Pantera slowly develop into an all out bar brawl as more and more alcohol was consumed.  

It was one of the more entertaining things I have seen in a long time.

Honey Badger

September 28th, 2018 at 2:27 PM ^

I remember going to a Lions/Raiders game in 1990 when I was 15 years old and seeing over 10 fights break out in the stands. Almost 30 years later I still remember to this day.  These clowns are setting a horrible, horrible example for the kids and the NFL.  They should be more worried about this behavior than kneeling during the National Anthem.