Fandom is responsible for so many acts that’d be insane otherwise. Throwing one’s body through an table that’s on fire? Just another Sunday for the brave/drunk members of Bills Mafia. TP’ing a basketball court to earn your team a technical foul on purpose? People do that too, in Arkansas. Risking a felony charge to burn upholstered furniture in the street? A common occurrence in Morgantown, West Virginia. And let’s not forget throwing seafood onto the ice at hockey games, which apparently happens everywhere with a rink. Here are the craziest fan traditions in the sports world, in no particular order because I don’t want any of these insane fans to hunt me down.
Taylor University: Silent Night
Every year, on the Friday before finals, students at the tiny Evangelical college in Indiana don all-out costumes and pack Odle Arena to watch a men’s basketball game. The crowd remains silent until the Trojans score their 10th point, at which point, the place goes mad, and students rush the court.