This post is being run again because of a comment received from a Middlebury fan that opens a new perspective. It is added to the post

“Looking to talk trash? Are you a sports fan who’s looking to talk trash? Or are you just looking to be an excited sports fan cheering on your Basketball team? Then join the 6th Man Coalition and support the Williams College Men’s Varsity Basketball Team. We will go to every home game with a reserved section just for us in Chandler Gym. Requirements for membership consist of: -School Spirit -Recklessness -Potential to Offend Opponents -Ability to Be Loud -Fearlessness and last but not least… -Passion In order to increase our heckling potential and presence at the basketball games, we will wearing our 6th Man t-shirts to every home game!” (from the prospectus for The 6th Man)

Congratulations, Organizers. What a great idea!
Or maybe not. The comment from Bob:

Potential to offend opponents…heckling potential”
Seems to run counter to that prominently displayed NCAA poster in Chandler with the words “Be Positive” and the NESCAC and NCAA sportsmanship statement which reads that the conference and its members “promote good sportsmanship by student-athletes, coaches, and spectators. We request your cooperation by supporting the participants and officials in a positive manner. Profanity, racial or sexist comments, or other intimidating actions directed at the officials, student-athletes, coaches, or team representatives will not be tolerated and are grounds for removal from the site of competition.”

I, for one, was appalled by the behavior of the Williams students and their treatment of the Middlebury players on Sunday. I guess this sort of this is encouraged/sanctioned?

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