Some Dragon Fans Not True To The Tradition

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               Some Dragon fans not true to the tradition

It was the season opener for the Dragons against the Rabun County Wildcats

in Tiger,Georgia. As usual the stands were full of loyal, tried and true,

long-time Jefferson Dragon fans. The people of Jefferson are well known

for their strong support of their athletic teams.

At away games I usually find a place to stand on the last row of the stands.

I prefer to stand while watching the game. I arrived some-what late at this

particular game.

Since there were not any available seats at the top of the stands, I took a

seat on about the third or fourth row at about the fifty yard-line.

It seems a lady and gentleman with seats directly in front of me had every

intention of standing up directly in front of my seat for the entire game.

After missing several plays due to their obstructing my view, I asked the

lady and gentleman very politely if they could sit down every now and then

so I could see some of the game.

I probably should have just moved at that time to another area. At times,

I tend to forget about the ultimate liberal mindset of many people in the

United States of today.

The lady quickly informed me that she had more than just Friday nights

tied up in the game. She said it was a seven day weekly adventure for her.

I took this to mean that she perhaps had a son playing on the team and

spent alot of time supporting the team. I told her that I understood, but I

had about 60 years tied up in supporting the team myself.

The gentleman beside her, after hearing the exchange, turned and said

somewhat irrately, "I stand up during the game and cheer for my team.

That's not going to change."

I replied back to the gentleman that I had also paid $7.00 to see the

game and I would like to see as much of it as I could.

It was evident he was not concerned that he was preventing this from

happening.

After a few moments it became clear these people were not going to

discontinue blocking my view, so I moved from the location and found

another seat higher up in the stands among people I knew to be tried

and true Jefferson Dragon fans.

Don Elrod, Billy Curruth, Mike Nabors and some others in this area

were former Dragon players. Their blood does indeed run red and blue.

While their fervor as a fan is highly evident, they manage to act in a

civil and courteous manner while watching a Dragon football game.

As I looked down at the location where I had been from time to time

I could see where there were several available seats unused because

of the greedy and disrepectful attitude of these two "new breed"

Dragon fans.

I think these people really believed they were typical Jefferson fans.

They were without a clue that a true Dragon family member would

never exhibit this type of discourteous behavior to other Dragon fans.

It was all about themselves and the devil with what anyone else might

think.

My mind went back to the many times I had heard Mr. Morris Bryan

announce at the Georgia Olympics. He would make the announcement

relevant to the event that was happening at the time and conclude it

with "All fans, please remain seated so those behind you can see the

finish line. Thank you very much!" I think that anyone that ever

attended one of those state track and field sessions would never

hesitate to show respect for those behind them in a grandstand

setting. Respect for others, whether it be friend or foe, is one of

the greatest Dragon traditions of all time.

That's why I call these people "new breed Dragon fans." Maybe

they just moved into the Jefferson school district? Possibly they

are not aware of certain Dragon traditions? Perhaps they feel that

since they have a son on the field, they have carte blanc that enables

them to deviate from the mainstream on any and all personal actions?

Perhaps they are just a product of the times that has that liberal

mindset that  they can do what they want to under any and all

circumstances.

I'll not make the mistake again of sitting down low at a Dragon

on-the-road football game. I'll find an area where I can stand

without blocking someone's view. That's how us old Dragons

were brought up. Be respectful of others.

That's what separates a real Dragon fan from someone that wants to be,

thinks they are or just pretends to be a Jefferson Dragon fan.