Being a sports fan is one of the everyday pleasures in life that many of us take for granted. Sports give fans an opportunity to relax and cut loose, temporarily forgetting about the stresses of everyday life to singularly focus on cheering on your favorite athletes. Many fans also choose to maximize their enjoyment by supplementing their game day diets with a healthy intake of alcohol, which can lead to some poor decision making. While there is no harm in having a good time, the fans on this list decided to take things too far and ultimately they ended up getting what they deserved.
People gathered in large numbers tend to have at least a few people behaving poorly and one crazed fan has a tendency to entice others to act irrationally. When enough fans of a certain team engage in this alcohol fueled foolishness, fan bases can develop a reputation for debauchery. A certain amount of folly can be encouraged within these rankings, but when fans attempt to harm other fans, themselves, or the athletes on the field, action must be taken to stop them. Sometimes this is handled by the forces of gravity or law enforcement, but some of these fans found poetic justice dealt to them in unexpected ways.
Part of the appeal of attending a live sporting event is being a part of the atmosphere. While the roar of the crowd sounds great on your television, nothing can replace the feeling of being a part of that roar. However, as these moments demonstrate, the desire to participate in the action on the field should be resisted at all times. When fans decide to play a role in the game beyond cheering, it is unacceptable. These fans decided to act in a manner that many fans would not tolerate among their friends. Thankfully, they ended up receiving their just rewards.
15 Buffalo Bills Fan Falls and Injures Others
14 Fan Taunts Injured Player, Hit in Head with Puck
13 James Harrison Suplexes Fan
12 Newcastle Fan Punches Horse
11 Tie Domi Beats Up Flyers Fan
10 Dodgers Fans Get Swarmed by Police
9 Fan Fights Rob Ray and Sabres Bench
8 Mike Curtis Enforces City Ordinance
7 Esteban Alvarado Smashes Would-Be Attacker
6 Tennessee Vols Fan Gets Clotheslined
5 Bruins Fight Madison Square Garden
4 Jeff Kellogg Tackles Fan after Home Plate Dash
3 Rockies Fan Embarassed By Batboy
2 Eric Cantona's Kung Fu Kick
1 The Play
The most improbable ending of a college football game also saw the most blatant display of pitch invasion in sports. On the final play of the rivalry matchup between Cal and Stanford in 1982, the Stanford Band decided that the game was over and entered the field of play while Cal amounted an incredible series of laterals that resulted in a touchdown. Cal had to contend with the band taking up the final quarter of the field, but continued on undeterred with Kevin Moen running into the end zone for a touchdown. In the process, Moen trucked hapless trombone player Gary Tyrrell. The play remains one of the most celebrated in football history and Tyrrell's smashed trombone now resides in the College Football Hall of Fame.
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