I sense the times they are a'changin', but I wanted to run this experience through the community and get some feedback.
My two daughters (ages 24 and 21, one a State MS grad and one working on her BS) went with me to the NIT game with Harvard. I really wanted them to have a men's basketball experience in Reynolds, even though it's nowhere near what it used to be due to the seat reduction. I do have to admit that I was impressed with the volume even with 5.5K seats.
We got there a little before game time, and I was worked up into my typical frenzy (which is quite a bit reduced from the old days), and when the fight song and "Red and White" played, I was into it.
In front of us were a young family with two young boys, seated between the mother and father. As soon as I started to yell at the introductions, and the game, the kids got uncomfortable and the mother (and to a lesser extent, the father) turned and stared at me. This began almost immediately.
I was not being profane in the slightest. I was not at all being offensive. It was almost like these people thought I was just supposed to sit on my hands and keep my mouth shut or say "oh yeah, go team."
I almost thought there were a casual family out for a nice night out who weren't State fans, but one of the kids was wearing State basketball shorts. So I think they were at least a State family.
Have we gotten to the point now where, just because somebody brings young kids into a sports arena, that we aren't allowed to get loud and proud and show them just what it means (or, at least in this day and age, used to mean) to rally behind your team?
If this is what the "game experience" has become, count me in with the people staying home and watching TV.