The only negative side I saw was:
1.) Unwanted commentary: there were many people who were yelling their expert advise even though they have never fought much less set foot in a gym.
You do realize that at local MMA events like Renegades a significant fraction of the audience is made up of the fighter’s schools right? Many of those people you dismiss as not having fought, probably actually trained with that fighter on a regular basis.
At the last Renegades in Austin large sections of the audience were all folks from the fighters respective schools. Of course the fighters aren’t going to listen to anything but the cheers–they’re busy paying attention to their corner–but having been to a number of Renegades fights over the years with my own school, I know that there’s a lot of knowledgable folks who train in the audience.
Sure, there’s idiots who don’t know anything too. Then again, isn’t this the case at most sporting events? Hell, I’ll go to basketball or football or baseball games and yell shit at the players. Of course I realize the armchair playing is a lot easier than being on the court/field/octagon. But yelling and being rowdy is part of the sporting tradition the world over.
Again, drunk idiots are at most sporting events. Sounds like you needed a few beers yourself to lighten up. They got shitfaced so fast because:
a) Renegades usually sells cheap, big cups of Lonestar and other shitty beer.
b) There’s hot girls in the lobby peddling MMA gear–so dudes want to keep going back to the lobby to get beer and oggle babes.
c) Renegades is usually held on Friday or Saturday night.
d) It is a Friday or Saturday night.
[quote]3.) People standing. What the hell is the point of seats if people are going to stand? Once one person stands, EVERYONE else must stand. Luckily, in my section no one stood up.
Ummm, sometimes the seats have shitty angles and you can’t see down into the ring without standing. In Houston you’re ok on the upper level or close to the ring, but I think some of the mid-level seats have obstructed views. Same deal in Austin. What is the point of paying a lot of money for a ticket if you can’t see from your seat?
I’m glad you had fun and all, Renegades is good stuff, and I’d like to see them continue to get support around here, but you sound a little uptight. I mean you sound like a guy who’s never been to a college football game (complete with pre-game tailgaiting party), a guy who’s never been in a sports bar during a big game for a local team–on the weekend boys are allowed to drink, get a little rowdy and stupid. We’re uptight about enough stuff in this country already–take away the right to go to sporting events and drink and be stupid and we’re going to have some real problems.