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Metrodome crowd eruption inspires fond memories of the past

Back in November, when the Knicks lost to the Celtics by something like 109 points, one New York fan was so disgusted with his team’s display he literally threw his Knicks jersey onto the court in dramatic, swinging manboob fashion.  That event inspired us to run "Fans in Disgust" which highlighted some of the most memorable fan riots to date.

Well last night at the Metrodome, following a patented Ron Gardenhire walrus tantrum that promptly led to an ejection, the game was
stopped for several minutes
after rowdy fans threw hats, baseballs and exploding Smurf presents onto the field, forcing the White Sox to run for cover.

This of course, has inspired us to look back at these memories once again, but not without a few additions to the end of the timeline.

Feb 13th, 1934
In the original, yet flawed, version of what would later become tradition, a group of drunken marine biologists in Detroit take things too far and throw a live Architeuthis, or giant squid, onto the ice, killing the Red Wings’ entire first line.

Nov 3rd, 1985
Thousands of Jets fans pelt the Wheels of Joy Choir, a chorus of disabled children in wheelchairs, with ice balls for not singing the Star Spangled Banner fast enough.

Dec 9th, 1990
Losing by 40 points to rival Kansas City, Raiders fans in the black hole throw human skulls and assorted body parts onto field.  They would do the same thing a week later while up by 40 points.

Nov 1st, 1994
While 6th overall pick Sharone Wright struggles with his weight issue, the sympathetic fans of Philadelphia pepper the court with hunks of raw meat, stale donuts and D batteries.

Dec 13th, 1997
Fans angered at Luc Longley’s missed free throws in OT unleash a fleet of boomerangs inside the United Center, temporarily decapitating Bulls guard Rusty LaRue.

Feb 3rd, 1999
In a strange twist, a flabbergasted Bob Knight, fuming at his teams terrible play, throws himself into the stands.

July 19th, 2001
Following two more injuries in the stands, the fans at Yankee Stadium finally retaliate and pelt Chuck Knoblauch with a sea of baseballs, sending the anxiety-ridden second baseman to the ER.

June 3rd, 2002
Sacramento season ticket holders in Section 310 strike back at the Kings Cheer Squad by firing several SCUD missiles in their direction after what they perceived to be repeated snubs in the t-shirt rocket giveaways.

Sept 15th, 2002
Angry Detroit fans throw several burning cars onto the field after the Tigers notch their 100th loss of the season for the second straight year.

Sept 15th, 2003
Similarly, after the Devil Rays record their 100th loss of the season for the fourth straight year, no one does anything.

April 6th, 2004
Caught up in the emotion, thousands of men throw their wives and girlfriends onto the ice during Mark Messier’s last game in New York.

May 29th, 2005
Elderly gentleman throw their toupees towards center court during Marv Albert’s controversial last broadcast for the MSG network.

Dec 5th, 2005
Fan throws sword of Aragon straight at Chris Kaman, missing the orc-center by inches.

Nov 23rd, 2006
After Najeh Davenport fumbles the ball for the third time in one game, fans literally throw shit on the field.

Oct 3rd, 2007
Hundreds of Denver Bronco fans throw their children on the field after Travis Henry scores his third TD of the game.

Oct 20th, 2007
Willis McGahee’s baby mommas get together and throw used condoms onto the field shortly after a workmanlike 2-yard gain.

October 21st, 2007
During Game 6 of the ALCS, fans at Fenway Park finally charge the field to help Manny round the bases after nervously watching him admire his home run for over 5 minutes.

February 3rd, 2008
Eli Manning throws the game winning touchdown pass to Plaxico Burress.  Seconds later a horde of Giants fans would litter the field with FlowBees, honoring their awkward star quarterback.

June 20th, 2008
After getting shot by another imaginary sniper, disgusted fans storm the field and mess up Ronaldo’s hair, forcing an emergency appointment with hair medic Jonathan Antin at halftime.


  1. Upstate Underdog

    August 1, 2008 at 2:16 pm

    1997, Springfield Isotopes game:
    “And here come the pretzels!”

  2. Stonehands

    August 1, 2008 at 2:25 pm

    February 3rd, 2008
    Eli Manning throws game winning touchdown pass to Plaxico Burress, seconds later a horde of Giants fans would litter the field with FlowBees to honor their awkward star quarterback.

    … while Patriots fans tossed their beers on the field and began yelling relevant “Yankees Suck” chant

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