I guess thereâ€™s a big difference between Americans and Canadians. When our sports fans decide to drunkenly take the field, the most trouble they get into is stealing a football from the hands of Brett Favre and getting decked by security. But leave it to Canadians and their inferiority complex to try and upstage their sports fans one the southern side of the border by adding near-death experiences into the mix.
As if Friday nightâ€™s CFL game between the Calgary Stampeders and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats didnâ€™t have enough action to fill all 110 yards of the field (answer: it didnâ€™t), one Ti-Cats fan decided to take it upon himself to spice things up a notch. His solution? Down a 24-pack of Moosehead and then climb to the top of the goalposts and almost fall 20-plus feet to his death.
Video of the crazy Canuck in action after the jump.
While some fans were pretty stoked about the fanâ€™s performance (clearly, anything is better than watching a CFL game), not everyone was so amused by the thought of a fan plunging to his death in front of a stadium full of spectators:
Hamilton police Sergeant Terri-Lynn Collings was in the stands with her 11-year-old son. As the climber leaned back and appeared to nearly lose his grip a few times, she caught herself thinking about the possibility of her boy watching a man plummet to his death — those who were there know this wouldn’t have been a far-fetched ending — and quietly whispering, “Don’t fall, don’t fall.”
Those were the exact words Ticats’ president Scott Mitchell was mouthing from his vantage point in owner Bob Young’s box.
“It’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever seen a fan do,” he said.
The league is reviewing its security procedures after the incident, especially since many people are upset that the best plan the stadium security seemed to be able to come up with was to stare slack-jawed at the guy as he dangled from the wind sock at the top of the post. The amazing thing is that this wasnâ€™t a one-time occurrence, as another fan tried (less successfully) to do the same thing at the same stadium just last year:
This leads me to one of two conclusions: either CFL fans are trying to revive the 1930s craze of flagpole sitting with the modern element of drunken idiocy, or CFL fans are so bored out of their skulls that they are being driven mad.