Unfortunately, we never seem to run out of stories that depict sports fans as jerks. This time, it’s hockey fans in Montreal who wound up assaulting two young women who had the temerity to show up at the Bell Centre in Ottawa jerseys for the Canadiens vs. Senators playoff game.

The 19 & 23 year old sisters were reportedly called “whores” and had beer dumped on them, and that’s not even the worst part. If true, the worst part is that arena personnel refused to help the sisters, reportedly asking them, “What do you want me to do, give them a mean look?” You must have had something go seriously wrong in your life to go past the point of good-natured cheering into bitter harassment. The team or teams you root for should not define your life!

I have rooted for the visiting team at Yankee Stadium and Citi Field and never had an unpleasant encounter. In fact, on more than one occasion, one of the home team fans initiated a conversation about baseball. The only negative experience I ever had was in Chicago, where I also had beer dumped on me. Back to the sisters: they were offered box seats to Sunday’s game by the Senators after their story spread.

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