So this video was making the rounds yesterday and I totally missed it. Hell my dad even saw this thing before I did and I think they're still using dial up at the house. So my apologies for being late to the dance with this, but I saw that fart blanket video and the rest of my day was shot!
What I think is curious about this video is the amount of controversey surrounding it. Like talk radio was apparently discussing this all day, going back and forth about whether it was right to tase this kid or not, what the procedure should be when a fan runs on the field blah blah blah. Is that even a question? If I've said it once I've said it a thousand times; run on the field during a professional sporting event and expect to be physically assaulted. This kid should absolutely get tasered for running on the field. For two reasons:
1. He was 17 years old and appeared to be in shape. Which means that without that taser gun there is a 200% chance that this kid would STILL be running around on that field waving his towel like a maniac! Have you ever tried to chase down anyone between the ages of 16-22 on foot? Impossible. And the guys trying to chase him down had to be in their 30's, 40's, and 50's. Did you see the looks on their faces as he was juking around them like Barry Sanders for a full minute? I'm not sure what happens to the human body once you hit the age of 23, but everything goes to hell. Stamina? Gone. Endurance? See ya. There was a time in my life when I could sprint like this kid for half an hour, but now I don't go on the treadmill for even 5 minutes without my Life Alert bracelet on. So yeah, without a solid tase here who knows how long this tom foolery goes on.
2. He is a Phillies fan. Nuff said.
And to go along with that last point, this was IN Philadelphia. Now I am a borderline baseball maniac, but you couldn't pay me enough to go to a game in Philly. It's like Thunderdome there. No rules apply. So this is pretty much par for the course. This kid is lucky it was ONLY a taser gun. In fact, I wouldn't be shocked if this was a planned stunt for the entertainment of obnoxious Phillies fans.
The one thing I do wonder about is what goes through the head of a person when they decide to do this? I was at the Cubs/Brewers game a couple of weeks ago and two Cubs fans ran on the field and were promptly form tackled. Like Clay Matthews might be on security detail at Miller Park. But as that happened I started to wonder about the thought process here. Do you just say to yourself 'welp, I could really use a night in jail, here goes nothing!' And apparently this kid called his dad before he did this and asked him if he should? This is why I have the utmost respect for parents. How do you even respond to that question? Do you just say "Ummmm sure son, what could possibly go wrong..." then turn off your cell phone and call it a night? Bonus word: tase.
PS: I could have watched those Cubs fans get tackled again and again. It even made me feel better about Jeff Suppan giving up 19 runs in 4 innings. If I could have a real life DVR I would have rewound that thing a thousand times. Like in that Adam Sandler movie, Click.
PPS: Without out a doubt one of the top three things in my life that I'm ashamed of is that I saw Click. In the movie theater. As in I paid money to watch it.