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Old 10-28-02, 09:13 AM
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Univ. of Colorado = worst fans ever

I joined three friends in Denver and drove out to the Texas Tech game Sat. morning. We had a great time, tailgated with some Buff fans, were treated well just like every other road game. Fans were friendly, a humorous jab every now and then.

Everything was going well, until halftime.


As soon as our band lined up, there was a fairly loud "boo" that started in the stadium, THEN A RAINSTORM OF OBJECTS was being hurled all over the band. From our seats, I could see marshmallows, drink cups, and water bottles flying at our band. Were' not talking about one or two things being thrown, were talking hundreds of them came flying out of the stands, pelting the right half of the band. You could see the students hurling these things as hard as they could.

They continued to throw things AT EACH OTHER for the remainder of the halftime show.

There were three police officers that I could see, and they were standing in front of our section . There was not a single member stadium security or police in that area.

After they finished halftime, about eight or so people walked out to the field to scoop up all the litter on the field.

As our band returned to their seats, you could see many band members holding their heads or other injuries, and one young girl crying, holding the back of her head with an ice pack. The Tech band director asked, over the mic, who had been hit by a hard object.....about half of the band members raised their hands. Many of them had been pelted with batteries and had injuries that needed attention. Our band driector said "Welcome to the great state of Colorado", and a Colorado fan in the back of that section started yelling at the director.

My friends and I yelled back at him and he gave us the finger (in the company of his wife and two very young children).

From that time on, Colorado fans were ugly. They hurled vulgarities, threatened, and on and on and on.

After the game, we were subject to repeated offensive, insulting, and threatening shouts. One fan ran up to my friends wife and screamed, three inches from her face, "You Suck!" Me and my two friends immediately jumped over to him, pushed him back, down, and set his ass on the ground. His buddy tried to jump in and grab one of my friends by the neck, then we took him to the pavement as well. They then decided they had gotten in over their heads and went the other way.

There were continued incidents (F-bombs, hurled cups, etc.) from the Colorado fans, young and old, the entire way back to the car. It was hard to believe that this was the same bunch of people that walked into the stadium three hours earlier.

I have always looked to Colorado with a little admiration and spirit. I root for them against KState, Nebraska, Oklahoma, etc...I thought they had a good program. No more! My friend (who lives in Denver) was so angry that he said he will never return to a game there, and made it a point that night at a halloween party, to let all of his CU friends know what an embarassment their students are. Most of them were regretful, but not too terribly surprised.

The halftime incident seemed to be "sponsored" by the school. The hurling of objects continued unfettered for 15-20 minutes. After it was all over, the announcer said "Please do not throw objects onto the field."

CU, GET CONTROL OVER YOUR STUDENTS! This is the worst road experience that I have ever had.

I understand that it's hard to control what some knob does outside the stadium, but allowing that mess at halftime to continue with ZERO discouragement is reprehensible.
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Old 10-28-02, 09:42 AM
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Wow. That sucks. Glad you and your friends weren't seriously injured.

I'm sure that kind of crap takes place all over the country, though, and is not isolated to Colorado fans.

Was there a reason for all the hatred showered upon the TT band? Like some news article in the CU paper or something where the band director was talking smack or something?

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Old 10-28-02, 09:44 AM
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I think the problems all began when the players tried to take the field, and the marching band refused to yield.
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Old 10-28-02, 09:54 AM
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Originally posted by Groucho
I think the problems all began when the players tried to take the field, and the marching band refused to yield.
But what about when the band took to the stands?

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Old 10-28-02, 10:28 AM
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They do have some "lousy" fans. I lived in the Denver metropolitan area for a number of years and travelled to Boulder often for football and a few times for basketball.

One incident of note occurred a number of years ago when Billy Tubbs was OU's basketball coach. I believe that's the year they played Kansas in the NCAA finals. I do know OU had an outstanding team then. Colorado fans, drunk on the beer that was sold inside the field house, was taunting OU players and calling them vile racist names. Some of the OU players went into the stands (right above the bench), and the fights began. To Billy Tubbs credit (IMO) he joined in to protect his players. Tubbs received some sort of admonition from the league for his actions. I thought his actions were exemplary.
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Old 10-28-02, 10:36 AM
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Re: Univ. of Colorado = worst fans ever

Originally posted by Three Day Delay
THEN A RAINSTORM OF OBJECTS was being hurled all over the band. From our seats, I could see marshmallows, drink cups, and water bottles flying at our band. Were' not talking about one or two things being thrown, were talking hundreds of them came flying out of the stands, pelting the right half of the band. You could see the students hurling these things as hard as they could.
What? No goalposts or tortillas being hurled???

Couldn't have been that bad!
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Old 10-28-02, 11:11 AM
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They hurled oranges a couple of occasions that I was present.
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Old 10-28-02, 11:13 AM
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I thought no fans were worse than Dodgers fans. Looks like I was wrong, barely.
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Old 10-28-02, 11:34 AM
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I read about them having the marshmallow fights. I don't know how it got started but it sounded pretty inocent at the time. Looks like its really getting out of hand now though.

The Air Force Academy used to have a rivalry with Colorado. They had to quit playing each other in the early 70s when the anti-war movement began to get violent. It's too bad when a few jerks ruin it for everybody.
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Old 10-28-02, 12:25 PM
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I love Colorado, but I will be the first to admit that Boulder is a place of full of spoiled self-centered pricks who live in their own little world...there are a lot of great people up there, but there are plenty of a$$holes to boot, too.

That sucks that you had an awful time up there (I wouldn't know what it is like to root for the visiting team at Folsom), but what you described is ridiculous - talking sh*t is one thing, but throwing crap on the field and at people is something I thought was only done in Philly.
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Originally posted by bahist17
but throwing crap on the field and at people is something I thought was only done in Philly.

...and Cleveland.
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...and Cleveland.
...and wherever John Rocker played on the road.
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Old 10-28-02, 01:30 PM
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Sucks that this happenedtoyou, but CU fans have always had the reputation of being the worst fans in the big 12.

Go to any big12 messageboard, and ask who the worst fans are. I guarantee that most would say CU fans
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Old 10-28-02, 01:56 PM
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I live in Boulder, and am actually a CU law student. I am NOT a "Buff". It doesn't surprise me, given the riots that have happened here (I've never been to a football game here).

Boulder is a cool place, with lots of cool people. But the students are a sometimes out of control, and everyone in Boulder (or a lot of them) have a "we're better than everyone else" attitude that prevents them from assessing how suckass some things are. Sorry your experience was so terrible.
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Q: How do you know if you live in Boulder?

A: Your spouse tells you to pick up Granola on the way home from work, and you stop at the day care center.
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Old 10-28-02, 02:01 PM
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Originally posted by immortal_zeus
But what about when the band took to the stands?

I had hoped to continue this rhyming but nobody else caught on.

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Old 10-28-02, 02:31 PM
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I wouldn't say Boulder is a weird place, but the city council once upon a time passed an ordinance forbidding anyone else to move to Boulder.
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Old 10-28-02, 04:22 PM
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I thought that the legendary Buff shitty behavior was only reserved for after-game rioting.

I have seen Tech fans exhibit poor behavior, as I have with every single away game that I have attended, but it seemed as though the entire city had a meeting the day before and made a resolution to become dicks at the halftime gun.

LurkerDan, I am sure that there are a great many nice UC people, but they didn't seem to show up at the game on Saturday. Ugh.....I don't even want to get into how inappropriate the cops were to and from the stadium.
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Old 10-28-02, 04:26 PM
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Wasn't it a Colorado-Colorado State game (in the last year or 2) where they had to shoot tear gas into the stands?
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Originally posted by Red Dog
Wasn't it a Colorado-Colorado State game (in the last year or 2) where they had to shoot tear gas into the stands?
It was Fall '99. Here is a pic of the carnage at Mile High Stadium.


Linked below, a nice article on CU rioting (excerpt below):
"It's possibly they (freshmen) think rioting is a tradition at CU and want to be a part of it, but they need to understand it can be destructive on many levels," Gilford said. "It's not a party."
http://www.coloradodaily.com/display...ews/news05.txt
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Folks from Colorado can be forgiven for their often times rather bizarre behavior - all the time I lived there, I never met a person actually born there. They are all transients.
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Any residents of Colorado remember the "Native" bumper-stickers? Not many of them around anymore.
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yeah those use to be all over the place, I am a native and would never think of sporting one tough (bumper stickers are ugly). Sorry to hear about your experience in Boulder but I don't really consider Boulder part of Colorado (as I doubt most people in Denver do ) CU students are generally known as rowdy, preppy, obnoxious losers. Least most that I know are like that.

If you make sure not to visit Boulder, then Colorado is usually a very nice place hehe.
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Old 10-28-02, 05:17 PM
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Wow. That's terrible.

I'd write a letter to that school's newspaper about that.

I have been going to LSU home games for three years and haven't seen such behavior. We are known to be one of the most LOUDEST college football fans but we, at least the majority of us would treat the visiting team and its band with respect. Plus in the student section, the police and state troopers are very effective in keeping the crowd under control.
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