Last night, while watching the Buckeyes battle Northwestern on the hard court, I watched a hairless referee botch another call. I could restrain myself no longer. I stood up from my seat and yelled: “Hey Baldy! Get your head out of your ass!”
Kish was shocked, and perhaps neighboring fans were, too. She yanked me down and pleaded that I never do that again. In particular, she said, I should never comment on someone’s physical appearance.
I’m sorry that I called Old Chrome Dome “Baldy,” but I had to get his attention, because he clearly blew the call. His scalp condition was such that I doubt my effort was the first time he had been called “Baldy.” In fact, I’d imagine he responds to “Baldy” routinely, perhaps even when that name is shouted by his mother and members of his family. So why not use a word that he might hear and recognize?
As far as the rest of the comment goes, I encourage heckling at sporting events. If you’re going to don that striped shirt and whistle and judge other people, you’ve got to expected to be judged yourself. If Mr. Clean is going to blow a call to the detriment of the Buckeyes, he needs to understand he’ll be called on it.
I think heckling can get out of hand when it becomes profane (sorry, I don’t think “ass” really qualifies) and violent, but a little needling of the ref is part of what should be a home court advantage. I’d rather be an occasional heckler than a fan who never stands up, cheers, or chants.