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This photo is apropo of nothing.  I was searching Getty for pictures of fans getting hit by balls and this was too good to pass up.  It's a game of "headis" which I'm guessing is pingpong with your head.  Wonder how they play beerpong.
This photo is apropo of nothing. I was searching Getty for pictures of fans getting hit by balls and this was too good to pass up. It's a game of "headis" which I'm guessing is pingpong with your head. Wonder how they play beerpong.


For true sports fans there are few things more enjoyable than either an afternoon at the ballpark, night at the arena or full day at the stadium.  Most gameday memories are positive, conjuring up visions of great plays, beer and hot dogs followed by ice cream in a miniature batting helmet.  The great memories far outweigh the terrible ones, which is why it's easy to forget that big sporting events are fraught with danger.

When at a game, you really need to keep your head on a swivel out there to make sure you make it back through the turnstiles alive.  For starters, most major spectator events involve some sort of ball or projectile that is liable to travel into the stands at light speed.  I learned this the hard way at a NY Rangers game some years back, when an ice cold puck (literally) left the stick of Brian Leetch only to find it's way over the plexi-glass and right into my nose.  Needless to say, my beak was no match for the frozen rubber disc.  Several pints of blood and a deviated septum later...and I have still not been back to a hockey game.  Not because of the injury, but because I hate hockey and didn't want to go to the game to begin with.

Aside from the dangers that can leave the field of play and make you cry, there are countless dangers lurking in the stands, starting with the fans themselves.  There are angry fans, drunk fans, drunken angry fans, Philly fans and overly aggressive foul ball chasers (which co-blogger GrantC must be, unless he's a dirty filthy liar).  Danger can find you at any turn.  Some PR departments have made disastrous decisions regarding gameday giveways.  Many of the older venues have treacherous steps, made more taxing by consuming gallons of beer at vertigo inducing heights.  What about you?

We want to hear about most dangerous sporting event moment that you lived to tell about...I will personally select the best story and I will mail the winner a Donruss baseball card of a below average player from the 90's.  Try not to crash the servers with traffic.