TheRawDAWG wrote:It used to happen so often tv stations stopped showing them on the field so it wouldn't encourage more people to run on the field. This guy did it during PRACTICE. It was more in fun than anything. Don't you remember that chick that used to run on the field and give players a kiss? Should she have been gang tackled by the guards? There was obviously no real threat. Just a guy that wanted to skate with his team for a few seconds...
I still can't believe you can only remember 2 incidents of people running onto the field....even in hockey one year a guy jumped the glass and slipped on the ice. he had to be taken out on a stretcher (sp?) Philly fan getting falling in to the Penalty Box when Domi was in there??? Any of this ringing a bell? All this stuff happened in the states (ice guy might have been calgary)....were they sentenced to death? I hope not.
I think you're remembering the 70s and 80s when stalkers and knife-weilding maniacs weren't preying on celebrities and sports heroes as much as today. Remember Martina Hingis and the guy who put her into retirement? That's the kind of thing that went through my mind when I read this story. Morganna was the big-boobed kisser in the 70s and early 80s - you don't see anyone attempting what she did these days.
Your references to hockey incidents may be correct, but I don't follow hockey at all so I have no frame of reference. All I'm saying is, practice or no practice, lack of harmful intent or not, this guy does this in the States today and he's going to get bashed up by guards or players.
I guess what we're finding out by this thread is that I'm more of a cynic than most of the guys here.
In my mind, this guy did a very dumb and dangerous thing, and he's lucky he didn't get his nose beat in for it. I think it's great that he had no ill-will in mind and I also think it's great that the players took it so lightly, but I just don't see that as being the prevailing frame of mind in pro sports in America.
Read Brett Favre's comments about when that guy took the ball out of his hand in the Bengals game. It freaked him out.