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20-40-60 Etiquette: Football fan is rowdy!

How should I have handled a football fan's screaming and cussing throughout an entire game? 20-40-60 Etiquette offers some ideas, with Alan Herzberger as guest.
by Helen Ford Wallace and Lillie-Beth Brinkman Published: January 27, 2013

HELEN'S ANSWER: Truly, football ticket holders should be able to experience football free from disruptive behavior, including foul or abusive language or obscene gestures. Those who exhibit these actions should immediately be ejected from the game. Every fan should be respected and appreciated, but they should comply with requests from stadium staff to cease and desist inappropriate behavior during a football game. I am sure the University of Oklahoma has special rules regarding behavior during the game.

GUEST'S ANSWER: Alan Herzberger, NewsOK digital marketing manager: This is a difficult question, because what's obnoxious to one fan might be a minor nuisance to another.

The described action of persistent yelling and some obscenities could definitely affect your enjoyment. My recommendation is to ask him to curtail the obscenities if it becomes offensive to you or younger people around you.

If it continues and becomes unbearable, I would recommend notifying security, so they can evaluate the level of action that should be taken.

Callie Gordon is twenty-something, Lillie-Beth Brinkman is in her 40s, and social columnist Helen Ford Wallace is 60-plus. To ask an etiquette question, email For more 20-40-60 etiquette, go to

by Helen Ford Wallace
Society Editor
Helen Ford Wallace is a columnist covering society-related events/news for The Oklahoman. She puts local parties online with daily updates. She creates, maintains and runs a Parties blog which includes web casts. She is an online web editor for...
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by Lillie-Beth Brinkman
Lillie-Beth Brinkman is a Content Marketing Manager for the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce. She was previously an assistant editor of The Oklahoman
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