In case you’re a BYU fan just starting to recover from the Cougars’ loss to Utah, this may or may not make you feel better.
Yup. BYU fans throwing garbage on the officials.
Don’t say you didn’t think of doing it yourself. But to actually do it?
So exactly how big a deal was it?
It was embarrassing, but that looks like most of it. It appears most of the refuse was just paper. In New York and Philadelphia they throw batteries and such.
But any time things are thrown from the crowd, it’s a bad scene. I was at a BYU basketball game in the 1980s when a metal ingot, thrown from the stands after a loss to Wyoming, hit a fellow writer in the cheek. The cut was deep enough that he had to be attended by a trainer.
Aside from the potential for danger, there is also the issue of sportsmanship. For a school known for treating visiting teams well, it’s a step back.
What happened in Provo last Saturday wasn’t unusual in American sports. It probably happens at many schools. But BYU is adamant that it isn’t like many schools.
The poor behavior was certainly in the minority. Thousands exercised their right to boo (though even that has been discouraged by school presidents over the years), but throwing things is another matter.
It would be wise to get this situation fixed before it becomes a habit.