Fanaticus Dramaticus: The Rage Page

July 20, 2015
Seattle Shenanigans

When Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times wanted to know why violence in the stands and online rage is spreading, he turned to Fanaticus to help him understand. Read the whole story here

In his piece, Baker includes two stand-out Seattle incidents.

On March 24, 1990, at a Western Hockey League playoff game between the Seattle Thunderbirds and  The Tri-City Americans held at the Seattle Center Coliseum, spectators fought with players in a melee that was captured on television. Four fans were arrested, five others ejected and one police officer was injured.

Baker calls it  “one of our city’s ugliest sports incidents.”

Another example of unruliness in his hometown: police officers as boorish fans.

In 2012, two off-duty Bellevue police officers  were booted from a Seattle Seahawks game for  “rude and obnoxious behavior.” According to an investigation, the officers, Andrew Hanke and Dion Robertson had started drinking at home at 9 a.m. and then tailgated pre-game.

All fodder for Fanaticus Part II.  Thanks Geoff!