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Chicken Dinner
02-09-2006, 01:09 PM
How many times do you see some moron waving in the background on a cellphone when your trying to watch a game? Smoking is banned at many parks, should they ban cellphones like they do at golf tournaments?

itsnotrequired
02-09-2006, 01:22 PM
Tough call. I despise sitting next to someone who is yapping away on their phone and not talking about a damn thing. On the other hand, I have my phone at the game on vibrate and look to see who is calling me. If it is a number I don't recognize or one of my bozo friends, I don't answer it. If they leave a voicemail, I'll check that and then decide if I need to call them back or not.

So I guess I'm not in favor of an outright ban but something should be done about people gabbing away for no reason. Too bad you can't enforce a rule against stupidity and inconsideration.

kittle42
02-09-2006, 01:24 PM
In golf you should be quiet. Not the same in any other sport except tennis, really. Thus, no ban. People are obnoxious in many, many other non-cell phone ways, but we can't muzzle them, either.

Bobby Thigpen
02-09-2006, 01:25 PM
YESS!!!

But then again I think they should be banned throughout society.

Fenway
02-09-2006, 01:30 PM
from last Sunday ( ya I still read this strip :rolleyes: )

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Rooney4Prez56
02-09-2006, 01:31 PM
I dont care if Sox Park is called "the Cell". I don't want to hear people yapping on their cell phone when I'm trying to watch the game.

MUsoxfan
02-09-2006, 01:44 PM
I dont care if Sox Park is called "the Cell". I don't want to hear people yapping on their cell phone when I'm trying to watch the game.

I can easily zone those people out. I can pay attention to the game and not even realize anyone is talking at all. It's the same way for me on a golf course too. People could be doing a keg stand on the tee-box and it wouldn't distract me even a little bit

SOXintheBURGH
02-09-2006, 01:45 PM
Tough call. I despise sitting next to someone who is yapping away on their phone and not talking about a damn thing. On the other hand, I have my phone at the game on vibrate and look to see who is calling me. If it is a number I don't recognize or one of my bozo friends, I don't answer it. If they leave a voicemail, I'll check that and then decide if I need to call them back or not.

So I guess I'm not in favor of an outright ban but something should be done about people gabbing away for no reason. Too bad you can't enforce a rule against stupidity and inconsideration.

How is that so hard for people to figure out. I do the same thing, its just common courtesy. I also don't answer my cell phone during dinner when I'm out with friends, I'll let it go to voice mail, check if its an emergency, and call people back later.

goofymsfan
02-09-2006, 01:52 PM
YESS!!!

But then again I think they should be banned throughout society.

I'm with you on that one. It's sad when I see 4 and 5 year olds with them. I don't even have one.

As for the question listed, I'm okay with them being at the game, just not in the seating area/viewing area. If the call is that important, go to a designated location so as not to disrupt the enjoyment of others.

soxfanatlanta
02-09-2006, 01:57 PM
Being a parent with a little one at home, I am against any kind of ban. Without my cell, I would not be able to get away to a game at all, and that's no good. Yes, there are inconsiderate people who yap like teenage girls abound; just ask then nicely to shut the **** up (be sure to smile, that always confuses them)

Too bad you can't enforce a rule against stupidity and inconsideration.

Fo shizzle.

spiffie
02-09-2006, 01:57 PM
I have one question for those people who find their game is disrupted by people talking on cell phones. What do you if there are two people in front of you or next to you talking to each other? Theoretically that should be just as bad right? I mean, that's double the conversation you have to zone out in order to enjoy the game. But I have yet to hear anyone call for a ban on conversation at the ballpark. Do you consider it rude if people around you are talking to each other? If not, what's the difference? I am curious because I've never understood why cell phones get on people's nerves in a way that two people talking never seems to (except at movies or in church where all talking is supposed to be forbidden).

RealMenWearBlack
02-09-2006, 02:12 PM
Is it inconsiderate to call someone who's watching the game on TV to ask them about a questionable call? I've done this a few times.

SOXintheBURGH
02-09-2006, 02:13 PM
Is it inconsiderate to call someone who's watching the game on TV to ask them about a questionable call? I've done this a few times.

Only if the question isn't followed by "Can you see me!? I'm waving!"

SoxFan78
02-09-2006, 02:19 PM
I think cell phones are fine as long as you are not in front of a camera and also if the phone call is a short one.

I CANNOT stand people on the phone when they are on camera.

itsnotrequired
02-09-2006, 02:30 PM
I am curious because I've never understood why cell phones get on people's nerves in a way that two people talking never seems to (except at movies or in church where all talking is supposed to be forbidden).

I think its part of human nature. Not seeing who a person is talking too makes a lot of people "anxious". This is why a cell phone call gets people razzled up more than two real humans engaging in conversation.

MarySwiss
02-09-2006, 02:33 PM
How is that so hard for people to figure out. I do the same thing, its just common courtesy. I also don't answer my cell phone during dinner when I'm out with friends, I'll let it go to voice mail, check if its an emergency, and call people back later.

Burgh, I think you hit it when you said 'it's just common courtesy'. The sad truth is that there are a lot of people out there who wouldn't know what 'courtesy' was if the definition was tattoo'ed on their--arm. :cool:

I occasionally play bingo at the local casino. The person running the game never fails to make an announcement asking people to turn their cells off or switch them to vibrate. Invariably, someone's cell rings--usually playing some loud obnoxious tune--and the person proceeds to conduct a loud, lengthy conversation. The only thing that stops me from telling them off is that same common courtesy.

And I'm sorry, but I don't buy the argument that someone needs to have their phone in case of emergencies. Maybe the problem is that I was around before there were cell phones. If you went to a game-or movie--or restaurant, you left that information with someone. If there was an emergency, they could call you there. Sure, there are exceptions, such as a doctor on call or someone whose wife is due to go into labor any minute.

Although if your wife is that close to giving birth, what the hell are you doing at the game? :?:

Edit: BTW I voted for only banning them in seating areas. Or maybe there should be a special soundproof room where all the people who just have to talk on their cell during the game can hang out.

maurice
02-09-2006, 02:34 PM
What do you if there are two people in front of you or next to you talking to each other?

I usually just kick them in the back of the head and yell, "Shut the hell up and watch the ****ing game, you goddamn bandwagon-jumping, cubbie-rooting mother****ers!" Then, I enjoy a nice icecream sandwich and a Miller Lite. I learned this technique from Kenny Williams.

Although if your wife is that close to giving birth, what the hell are you doing at the game?

How dare you question my priorities?!?
:wink:

D. TODD
02-09-2006, 02:59 PM
Not a problem to me. It's a baseball game, if people want to talk on the phone it in no way distracts me from watching the game. I think people are too worried about what other people are doing. As long as they are not blocking my view of the field or throwing stuff around me . WHO CARES! People cursing like sailors around kids would be an exception also, but the nerve of that guy sitting in front of me to talk on his cell phone has never crossed my mind. It does not affect me at all.

Captian Ron
02-09-2006, 03:09 PM
YESS!!!

But then again I think they should be banned throughout society.

I agree!:D:

AZChiSoxFan
02-09-2006, 03:24 PM
People are obnoxious in many, many other non-cell phone ways, but we can't muzzle them, either.

We can keep trying though.

AZChiSoxFan
02-09-2006, 03:30 PM
I have one question for those people who find their game is disrupted by people talking on cell phones. What do you if there are two people in front of you or next to you talking to each other? Theoretically that should be just as bad right? I mean, that's double the conversation you have to zone out in order to enjoy the game. But I have yet to hear anyone call for a ban on conversation at the ballpark. Do you consider it rude if people around you are talking to each other? If not, what's the difference? I am curious because I've never understood why cell phones get on people's nerves in a way that two people talking never seems to (except at movies or in church where all talking is supposed to be forbidden).

I think it has to do with the fact that 99% of cell phone conversations are completely inane. Cell phone use gets on my nerves when it becomes totally rude. Last Saturday I was at the post office and the lady in front of me in line is at the counter being helped by the postal clerk and she's yacking away about her new shoes or some other totally important topic. The postal clerk was trying to ask her a question related to her purchase but couldn't because she was too busy on her phone.

To answer your other question, yes it does annoy me when the people right behind me at a game are yacking away and don't even notice the game at hand. :mad:

Nellie_Fox
02-09-2006, 03:33 PM
Being a parent with a little one at home, I am against any kind of ban. Without my cell, I would not be able to get away to a game at all.How do you think people got to ballgames for decades before there were cell phones? Isn't there an adult with the kid while you're at the game?

I just can't understand all the people who now swear that their life would grind to a complete halt without one. As for why it's more annoying than a conversation between two people sitting next to each other, one reason is because most people talk considerably louder into their phone.

Ol' No. 2
02-09-2006, 03:36 PM
I'm certainly glad no one here ever does anything that might irritate people around them. If only people talking on the phone was the worst thing that happens at a ballpark.

What's the next poll:

Should people who put ketchup on hot dogs be banned?

maurice
02-09-2006, 03:39 PM
Should people who put ketchup on hot dogs be banned?

Yes, they should, unless they are under the age of 13. This actually is worse than talking on a phone.

soxfanatlanta
02-09-2006, 03:40 PM
And I'm sorry, but I don't buy the argument that someone needs to have their phone in case of emergencies. Maybe the problem is that I was around before there were cell phones. If you went to a game-or movie--or restaurant, you left that information with someone. If there was an emergency, they could call you there. Sure, there are exceptions, such as a doctor on call or someone whose wife is due to go into labor any minute.


Please don't take this the wrong way...

I too have been around long before the mobile phone/pager/electronic leash, and leaving a number for a restaurant was common practice (still should be as batteries can go bad), but what number do you leave the sitter for a ballgame, or the beach? How many times in your life have you heard over the PA, "Will the Smiths please call the sitter, your son needs stitches"?

It's good to have as a tool, but not a crutch.

SOXintheBURGH
02-09-2006, 03:56 PM
Yes, they should, unless they are under the age of 13. This actually is worse than talking on a phone.

Agreed.

MarySwiss
02-09-2006, 04:14 PM
Please don't take this the wrong way...

I too have been around long before the mobile phone/pager/electronic leash, and leaving a number for a restaurant was common practice (still should be as batteries can go bad), but what number do you leave the sitter for a ballgame, or the beach? How many times in your life have you heard over the PA, "Will the Smiths please call the sitter, your son needs stitches"?

It's good to have as a tool, but not a crutch.

Don't worry; I am capable of discussing an issue calmly. :wink:

IIRC, in the days before cell phones, it was not unusual for a message to come over the PA sounding something like "Mr. whoever, please report to blah-blah-blah." I'm pretty sure that was how emergency situations were handled. My point is that if cell phones were to disappear tomorrow, life would not grind to a halt. And I doubt that the vast majority of people yakking away on their cell phones at games, restaurants, etc., are involved in anything remotely close to an emergency.

Don't get me wrong; I have a cell phone for emergencies. And that's ALL it's for; I personally do not feel the need to be available every minute of every day.

But that's me. :smile:

chisoxfan64
02-09-2006, 04:24 PM
All right, wait just a minute. So now I can`t talk on my cell phone, smoke or put ketchup on my hot dog. What the hell am I supposed to do at the game?:rolleyes:

Ol' No. 2
02-09-2006, 04:25 PM
Don't worry; I am capable of discussing an issue calmly. :wink:

IIRC, in the days before cell phones, it was not unusual for a message to come over the PA sounding something like "Mr. whoever, please report to blah-blah-blah." I'm pretty sure that was how emergency situations were handled. My point is that if cell phones were to disappear tomorrow, life would not grind to a halt. And I doubt that the vast majority of people yakking away on their cell phones at games, restaurants, etc., are involved in anything remotely close to an emergency.

Don't get me wrong; I have a cell phone for emergencies. And that's ALL it's for; I personally do not feel the need to be available every minute of every day.

But that's me. :smile:If I use 50 minutes in a month, that's a lot. But if someone wants to spend the entire game yakking on the phone, I don't see how that's anyone else's business. Of all the obnoxious things people do at ballparks, that's not even in the top 100.

Chicken Dinner
02-09-2006, 04:28 PM
If I use 50 minutes in a month, that's a lot. But if someone wants to spend the entire game yakking on the phone, I don't see how that's anyone else's business. Of all the obnoxious things people do at ballparks, that's not even in the top 100.

Well I for one, disagree!

SOXintheBURGH
02-09-2006, 04:48 PM
All right, wait just a minute. So now I can`t talk on my cell phone, smoke or put ketchup on my hot dog. What the hell am I supposed to do at the game?:rolleyes:

Watch it.

Jerko
02-09-2006, 04:50 PM
Watch it.

Beat me to it Burgh. Plus, you can still :gulp:

csufsoxfan
02-09-2006, 04:53 PM
no, but if they are going to have a long chat i would appreciate if they were to go up into the causway

MarySwiss
02-09-2006, 04:56 PM
If I use 50 minutes in a month, that's a lot. But if someone wants to spend the entire game yakking on the phone, I don't see how that's anyone else's business. Of all the obnoxious things people do at ballparks, that's not even in the top 100.

It's someone else's business if they are disturbing those around them. And as someone else said, people who talk on cell phones usually--for some reason--feel a need to shout.

chisoxfan64
02-09-2006, 05:02 PM
Watch it.

I suppose next I`ll be expected to sit in my own seat.:rolleyes:

Jerko
02-09-2006, 05:04 PM
I use my phone at the game if I am supposed to meet my buddies somewhere and they can't figure out where to go. Other than that, I let the voice mail pick up. Oh, I do check my work voice mails when I am at afternoon weekday games since I blow off half a day for those, but I'm not blabbing for 3 hours. It's brutal on the el though. At least at the game you can watch the game, on the el, you're stuck.

Ol' No. 2
02-09-2006, 05:12 PM
It's someone else's business if they are disturbing those around them. And as someone else said, people who talk on cell phones usually--for some reason--feel a need to shout.I guess I never heard them over the sound of everyone else shouting. Is everyone supposed to be quiet?

MarySwiss
02-09-2006, 05:14 PM
I use my phone at the game if I am supposed to meet my buddies somewhere and they can't figure out where to go. Other than that, I let the voice mail pick up. Oh, I do check my work voice mails when I am at afternoon weekday games since I blow off half a day for those, but I'm not blabbing for 3 hours. It's brutal on the el though. At least at the game you can watch the game, on the el, you're stuck.

My brother has a pretty cool way of handling this on the commuter train he takes. He likes to relax and read the paper on the way to work. So he always carries one of his kids' video games around, and if the person next to him takes out his cell, Bobby starts to play the video game at him/her. He says it works every time. Give it a whirl. :wink:

Oh, and while we're on the subject, not long ago I witnessed something weird. I was in a parking lot when two guys in SUVs started yelling at each other. The first guy said the second guy cut him off as he was turning into the parking lot. The second guy said he was sorry. The first guy said the second guy wasn't paying attention because he was too busy talking on his cell and waving his arms around. The second guy apologized again, and the first guy said, "Don't apologize. Just hang up the damn phone!"

Of course, we could start a thread about people who drive SUVs....:rolleyes:

CubsfansareDRUNK
02-09-2006, 05:15 PM
I dunno, im kinda both ways on this one. One side of me wants them to be, but even if that side of me takes over, i still know it wont happen.

manders_01
02-09-2006, 05:20 PM
My brother and I have a tradition of calling each other to brag whenever we are at a sporting event or concert that the other would be jealous of. If cell phones were banned, I wouldn't get to revel! :tongue:

Ol' No. 2
02-09-2006, 05:25 PM
What is it about people talking on cell phones that sends everyone into a tizzy? There are hundreds of obnoxious behaviors that people overlook. Talking on a cell phone? Off with their heads!

MarySwiss
02-09-2006, 05:28 PM
What is it about people talking on cell phones that sends everyone into a tizzy? There are hundreds of obnoxious behaviors that people overlook. Talking on a cell phone? Off with their heads!

If it makes ya feel any better, Ol' No. 2, I go completely postal whenever I see someone throw a cigarette out the car window. Especially in Arizona.

Which gives me an idea for a thread....:cool:

Ol' No. 2
02-09-2006, 05:32 PM
If it makes ya feel any better, Ol' No. 2, I go completely postal whenever I see someone throw a cigarette out the car window. Especially in Arizona.

Which gives me an idea for a thread....:cool:At least littering is something that affects everyone. You can be sitting at a restaurant and have some people at another table talking loud and being generally raucous and no one says a word. But heaven forbid someone's cell phone rings and people start throwing knives. I don't get it.

MarySwiss
02-09-2006, 05:53 PM
At least littering is something that affects everyone. You can be sitting at a restaurant and have some people at another table talking loud and being generally raucous and no one says a word. But heaven forbid someone's cell phone rings and people start throwing knives. I don't get it.

I understand your point. However, given the cost of dinner at a decent restaurant lately, I am very militant in this regard. If I am having dinner at a restaurant, and people are being loud and raucous (BTW, haven't seen THAT word in awhile!), I get all over the restaurant's staff.

Bottom line: It would be nice if people behaved themselves all the time. But that's not human nature. But I believe that whenever a person's behavior impedes (take that!) others' enjoyment of ANY form of entertainment that they paid for and are entitled to enjoy, that person should--at a minimum--be called on it.

AZChiSoxFan
02-09-2006, 06:01 PM
Yes, they should, unless they are under the age of 13. This actually is worse than talking on a phone.

POTW

AZChiSoxFan
02-09-2006, 06:05 PM
What is it about people talking on cell phones that sends everyone into a tizzy? There are hundreds of obnoxious behaviors that people overlook. Talking on a cell phone? Off with their heads!

What is it about people talking into their cell phones that makes them think that everyone else within a one mile radius wants to hear their stupid conversation?

Ol' No. 2
02-09-2006, 06:07 PM
What is it about people talking into their cell phones that makes them think that everyone else within a one mile radius wants to hear their stupid conversation?So we should ban people for talking loud at baseball games?:o:

It may come as a shock to some people, but you can't ban any behavior you don't like. If everyone who did anything disagreeable was banned from the ballpark, I'd be there all by myself.:redneck

Realist
02-09-2006, 06:19 PM
When; smoking, cell phones, the smell of cooking animal flesh, alcohol, talking, waving at cameras, Blacks, Jews, Gypsies, Serbs, dogs and cloudy days get banned from baseball games, maybe I can finally enjoy myself at a game.

D. TODD
02-09-2006, 06:22 PM
I understand the movies, restaurants, etc., but at a ballgame with vendors yelling out hot dogs here, get a cold beer, a fair amount the fans buzzed up by the 6th inning, and all of the other commotions I find it amazing that someone talking on the phone can be rude and a distraction to you watching the ballgame. I find it downright hilarious that some people actually get miffed at what other people choose to eat or which condiments they like . The guy in front of me in the Polish/Italian sausage line at the Cell actually yelled at a guy "Ketchup, Ketchup your ruining it, I had to wait behind you and you put ****-in ketchup. Get over yourself people.

MarySwiss
02-09-2006, 06:26 PM
I understand the movies, restaurants, etc., but at a ballgame with vendors yelling out hot dogs here, get a cold beer, a fair amount the fans buzzed up by the 6th inning, and all of the other commotions I find it amazing that someone talking on the phone can be rude and a distraction to you watching the ballgame. I find it downright hilarious that some people actually get miffed at what other people choose to eat or which condiments they like . The guy in front of me in the Polish/Italian sausage line at the Cell actually yelled at a guy "Ketchup, Ketchup your ruining it, I had to wait behind you and you put ****-in ketchup. Get over yourself people.

Now that's scary!:o:

Ol' No. 2
02-09-2006, 06:33 PM
I understand your point. However, given the cost of dinner at a decent restaurant lately, I am very militant in this regard. If I am having dinner at a restaurant, and people are being loud and raucous (BTW, haven't seen THAT word in awhile!), I get all over the restaurant's staff.

Bottom line: It would be nice if people behaved themselves all the time. But that's not human nature. But I believe that whenever a person's behavior impedes (take that!) others' enjoyment of ANY form of entertainment that they paid for and are entitled to enjoy, that person should--at a minimum--be called on it.Restaurants are cheap compared with the cost of taking four people to a baseball game. There people scream, shout, swear, jump up and down, throw things and generally engage in a host of discordant behaviors, which people tolerate because its expected. In comparison, talking on a cell phone seems pretty innocuous, but from the tone of this thread youd think it was the most incommodious thing anyone had ever endured.:wink:

MarySwiss
02-09-2006, 06:56 PM
Restaurants are cheap compared with the cost of taking four people to a baseball game. There people scream, shout, swear, jump up and down, throw things and generally engage in a host of discordant behaviors, which people tolerate because its expected. In comparison, talking on a cell phone seems pretty innocuous, but from the tone of this thread youd think it was the most incommodious thing anyone had ever endured.:wink:

incommodious? Yikes, what do you do for a living. Lexicographer, perhaps? :D:

LongLiveFisk
02-09-2006, 06:58 PM
I think banning is a bit much. I mean, yes there are plenty of times when people look stupid and idiotic waving at the camera while on their phones but really they're not hurting anybody. I am, however, hopeful that as time passes and it becomes less and less of a novelty that the incidence of this will decline.

(I'm probably being way too optimistic here, but time will tell.) :wink:

KRS1
02-09-2006, 07:04 PM
What is it about people talking into their cell phones that makes them think that everyone else within a one mile radius wants to hear their stupid conversation?


As you and MarySwiss should know,if you go to D-backs games(I get mine free from my internship), that a phone rings about as often as the ball is pitched in Chase Field. Before I moved down here I sort of despised it in a way, but with all the ASU girls at the games down here I know it has become an inevitability, and don't really mind it. The one thing that really bothers me though is when someone continuously waves at the camera whether or not they are in frame or not(it happens way to too much here).

MRKARNO
02-09-2006, 07:05 PM
Ban the cellphones in the area immediately behind home plate (the part visible on TV) and areas where there are frequent camera shots. I don't care if people talk on their cell phone during games, but people who sit behind home plate really have got to stop with their waving to friends via the TV. Now that is truly obnoxious and I think this is a very sensible and practical solution.

MarySwiss
02-09-2006, 07:17 PM
As you and MarySwiss should know,if you go to D-backs games(I get mine free from my internship), that a phone rings about as often as the ball is pitched in Chase Field. Before I moved down here I sort of despised it in a way, but with all the ASU girls at the games down here I know it has become an inevitability, and don't really mind it. The one thing that really bothers me though is when someone continuously waves at the camera whether or not they are in frame or not(it happens way to too much here).

I'm ashamed to admit that I don't get to D'Backs games all that often. Expecially last summer; for some reason, I was distracted!

KRS1
02-09-2006, 07:29 PM
I'm ashamed to admit that I don't get to D'Backs games all that often. Expecially last summer; for some reason, I was distracted!


I'm actually ashamed to admit I go to them, but a lot of my friends down here like their AZ sports so I grab up free tix whenever I can(not interfering with Sox games of course). Everyone here seems to be regurgitating the things, and I never mind getting to see a ballgames so thats a plus. Hopefully Chris Young makes the team out of camp and relegates Byrnes to the bench so I can see him in their OF all season. I made my way to about 10 last year, and if Chris is here I'll try to get in more this season. I always love going there when the Sox early games are finished and the D-backs play late.

soxfanatlanta
02-09-2006, 08:44 PM
Don't get me wrong; I have a cell phone for emergencies. And that's ALL it's for; I personally do not feel the need to be available every minute of every day.
But that's me. :smile:
You are not alone in the world! :wink:

The only thing I would miss dearly(technology wise) would be this message board (mods: kissy kissy), and TIVO.

:rolleyes:

ChiSoxLifer
02-09-2006, 09:14 PM
To be honest, I'm glad I had a cell phone at the game. I was at game 5 for the ALCS. This was when Escobar tagged AJ at first with his glove hand. All the Angels fans were angry about the call. I called my buddy who told me Escobar tagged with the wrong hand. I said it really loud to make sure everyone heard me. Needless to say all the whiners shut up after that. I really don't mind when people talk as long as it's short and sweet. When they're carrying on a stupid conversation that's when it annoys me. So I guess my vote would be no.

Iwritecode
02-09-2006, 09:27 PM
"Don't apologize. Just hang up the damn phone!"

I've always liked the bumper sticker that just says "Hang up and drive!" :D:


Of course, we could start a thread about people who drive SUVs....:rolleyes:

I drive my SUV to the park and eat hotdogs with ketchup (or is it catsup?) when I get there. :cower:

I do typically stay off my cell phone though. Nobody ever calls me anyway. I often have to laugh at the people that try to talk on them in the middle of a crowded and very loud bar. I witnessed this at Soxfest a couple of times. :rolleyes:

Ol' No. 2
02-09-2006, 09:33 PM
incommodious? Yikes, what do you do for a living. Lexicographer, perhaps? :D:http://www.homevideos.com/freezeframes8/FriedTomatoes19.jpeg Face it. I'm older and have a bigger thesaurus.

Chicken Dinner
02-09-2006, 11:54 PM
Ban the cellphones in the area immediately behind home plate (the part visible on TV) and areas where there are frequent camera shots. I don't care if people talk on their cell phone during games, but people who sit behind home plate really have got to stop with their waving to friends via the TV. Now that is truly obnoxious and I think this is a very sensible and practical solution.

That waving behind the plate has got to stop.

Hendu
02-10-2006, 09:04 PM
Until we find a way to ban the idiots who stand on their seats trying to get a view of a potential altercation in the bleachers (usually in the middle of an inning), I say leave the cell phones alone.

There is seriously a laundry list of things that go on at ball games that are more annoying than people talking on their cell.

1951Campbell
02-10-2006, 11:26 PM
"If I don't like it, ban it."

Yep, that's the America I've always envisioned.

:rolleyes:

FarWestChicago
02-10-2006, 11:46 PM
"If I don't like it, ban it."

Yep, that's the America I've always envisioned.

:rolleyes:
Yes it is. The world of longshot7. :rolleyes:

samram
02-10-2006, 11:47 PM
The notion that we should ban cell phone conversation at an event that doesn't require we listen to the participants is silly. Why should anyone care who other people are talking to or how they're doing it?

1951Campbell
02-11-2006, 12:04 AM
The notion that we should ban cell phone conversation at an event that doesn't require we listen to the participants is silly. Why should anyone care who other people are talking to or how they're doing it?

Clearly, you have missed the point. There is a large cadre of folks out there who have decided what is best for the rest of us. Purely due to their vocal nature, we should defer to their every whim, and enshrine their wacky ideas into law.

samram
02-11-2006, 12:17 AM
Clearly, you have missed the point. There is a large cadre of folks out there who have decided what is best for the rest of us. Purely due to their vocal nature, we should defer to their every whim, and enshrine their wacky ideas into law.

Thanks goodness for these arbiters of unnecessary etiquette. Imagine if I was just able to go about talking indiscriminately on my cell phone at baseball games. The entire social structure would be broken down.

1951Campbell
02-11-2006, 12:26 AM
Thanks goodness for these arbiters of unnecessary etiquette. Imagine if I was just able to go about talking indiscriminately on my cell phone at baseball games. The entire social structure would be broken down.

I know! I, for one, welcome my new masters.

samram
02-11-2006, 12:41 AM
I know! I, for one, welcome my new masters.

:)

VenturaSoxFan23
02-11-2006, 01:49 PM
I could care less what others are doing. I'm at the game, I'm paying attention to the game. 9 times out of 10 I got my Walkman and can't really hear anybody else.

Now, cell phone or not, if you're being loud and obnoxious, I think you need to be dealt with.
If you're behind home plate on the phone and spend all day waving at the camera, you need to be sterilized. Every damn one of them is waving at the 3rd base camera. I can only imagine what that conversation is like:

"Hey, ya see me? I'm waving on TV!"
"Yeah, I see you. You're the idiot waving at the wrong camera!"

PaulDrake
02-11-2006, 02:52 PM
"If I don't like it, ban it."

Yep, that's the America I've always envisioned.

:rolleyes:
The problem is we're getting the worst of both worlds. The increasing tyranny of the state combined with the increasing in your face anarchy of the boorish among us. I hate cell phones in public places and generally try to avoid having mine annoy anyone around me.

AZChiSoxFan
02-13-2006, 10:32 AM
As you and MarySwiss should know,if you go to D-backs games(I get mine free from my internship), that a phone rings about as often as the ball is pitched in Chase Field. Before I moved down here I sort of despised it in a way, but with all the ASU girls at the games down here I know it has become an inevitability, and don't really mind it. The one thing that really bothers me though is when someone continuously waves at the camera whether or not they are in frame or not(it happens way to too much here).

Very true. However, at D-back games there are always so many empty seats in the upper deck that I can easily find one by myself where there's nobody else within 10 rows of me. Cell phone "problem" alleviated.

AZChiSoxFan
02-13-2006, 10:39 AM
Clearly, you have missed the point. There is a large cadre of folks out there who have decided what is best for the rest of us. Purely due to their vocal nature, we should defer to their every whim, and enshrine their wacky ideas into law.

Yeah, you're right. The world is a much better place now that practically everybody has abandoned the concept of common courtesy.

miker
02-13-2006, 10:51 AM
The problem is we're getting the worst of both worlds. The increasing tyranny of the state combined with the increasing in your face anarchy of the boorish among us.
Good call! (No pun intended.)

SOecks
02-13-2006, 04:51 PM
I think anything (especially the cell phone waving at the camera thing) that interferes with or hurts broadcast quality needs to be controlled by the Sox and the broadcasting network. Baseball on tv for me is enjoyable due to the subtleties, and when some boob is in the background waving at the camera all game, it is very distracting and takes away from the experience. I want those people told they can't do this, and be removed if they continue.

1951Campbell
02-13-2006, 05:10 PM
Yeah, you're right. The world is a much better place now that practically everybody has abandoned the concept of common courtesy.

Minding one's own business used to be considered common courtesy before people started agitating for the abolition of all their pet peeves via legislation.

Ol' No. 2
02-13-2006, 05:40 PM
Minding one's own business used to be considered common courtesy before people started agitating for the abolition of all their pet peeves via legislation.:thumbsup:

TaylorStSox
02-13-2006, 06:41 PM
Minding one's own business used to be considered common courtesy before people started agitating for the abolition of all their pet peeves via legislation.


Agreed. Why are you guys listening to people's conversations? When I hear people talking, those that aren't addressing me, I don't pay any attention. Cell phones don't bother me at all.

samram
02-13-2006, 10:47 PM
I think anything (especially the cell phone waving at the camera thing) that interferes with or hurts broadcast quality needs to be controlled by the Sox and the broadcasting network. Baseball on tv for me is enjoyable due to the subtleties, and when some boob is in the background waving at the camera all game, it is very distracting and takes away from the experience. I want those people told they can't do this, and be removed if they continue.

Come on, it's a baseball game. If some guy waving a cell phone like a clown in the periphery of the camera shot is really distracting you from the game, that's your problem, not his.

Nellie_Fox
02-14-2006, 12:55 AM
Come on, it's a baseball game. If some guy waving a cell phone like a clown in the periphery of the camera shot is really distracting you from the game, that's your problem, not his.No. No it's not. It's definitely his. He's the one who sucks.

soxjim
02-14-2006, 08:12 AM
I'm against bans in general. It's not the equipment. It's the idiot using the equipment.

samram
02-14-2006, 09:30 AM
No. No it's not. It's definitely his. He's the one who sucks.

Yeah, he may very well suck. However, that doesn't mean all cell phones should be banned.

Everyone knows there are cell phone waving idiots at baseball games and that they'll see them in the background when watching on TV. If you let that bother you, that's too bad. If the Sox feel that the presence of cell phones in the park are lowering the "a" word or lowering TV viewership and they decide to not allow them, that's fine. However, my guess is that not one person who has voted for bans or complained about cell phone wavers in this thread would stop attending or watching Sox games because of cell phone misuse.

AZChiSoxFan
02-14-2006, 09:59 AM
Minding one's own business used to be considered common courtesy before people started agitating for the abolition of all their pet peeves via legislation.

Comical. Yeah, our legislatures are all bogged down in bills having to do with pet peeves. I'm not asking for any rule to ban people from talking on their phones. Frankly, I just don't understand why people come to a baseball game only to sit there and talk on the phone for half the game. Save yourself the money and just sit at home and talk on the phone. Of course, then nobody else would get to overhear your conversation and wouldn't know how important you are.

Since when did any yahoo who talks so loudly on his/her cell phone care about anyone else being in their business?

So you want the right to be rude to others, but then not have those people say anything to you, because they should mind their own business? Nice.

jenn2080
02-14-2006, 10:34 AM
I have been to Fenway where they ban phones usage during the game. You can use it during innings. I think it is a fine idea. Nothing more annoying then people talking on their phones during the game. Isnt the purpose of going to the game to watch it? If people have a call to make they step to the concourse.

1951Campbell
02-14-2006, 11:57 AM
Comical. Yeah, our legislatures are all bogged down in bills having to do with pet peeves. I'm not asking for any rule to ban people from talking on their phones. Frankly, I just don't understand why people come to a baseball game only to sit there and talk on the phone for half the game. Save yourself the money and just sit at home and talk on the phone. Of course, then nobody else would get to overhear your conversation and wouldn't know how important you are.

Since when did any yahoo who talks so loudly on his/her cell phone care about anyone else being in their business?

So you want the right to be rude to others, but then not have those people say anything to you, because they should mind their own business? Nice.

I don't see what the point is of yakking on a cell phone during a game either--it is not something I do. My modest points in this thread have merely been that (1) just because something bothers someone does not mean the answer to the problem is just ban the activity, and (2) while I agree that common courtesy is indeed a good thing, I do suspect that invoking it sometimes is but another way of saying "I don't like something, therefore no one should do it."

So please spare me the strawman of wanting "the right to be rude to others, etc."

batmanZoSo
02-14-2006, 12:06 PM
What a ridiculous question. Ban this ban that, how much governing do we need of our own lives?

How is someone talking on their phone any more annoying than them talking to the person next to them?

batmanZoSo
02-14-2006, 12:17 PM
Ban the cellphones in the area immediately behind home plate (the part visible on TV) and areas where there are frequent camera shots. I don't care if people talk on their cell phone during games, but people who sit behind home plate really have got to stop with their waving to friends via the TV. Now that is truly obnoxious and I think this is a very sensible and practical solution.

Yes. Ban cell phones behind the plate. Or just, you know...watch the game instead. :dunno: It's crazy, but it might work.

Baby Fisk
02-14-2006, 12:17 PM
I have been to Fenway where they ban phones usage during the game. You can use it during innings. I think it is a fine idea. Nothing more annoying then people talking on their phones during the game. Isnt the purpose of going to the game to watch it? If people have a call to make they step to the concourse.
How do they inform fans of this rule? Signage or announcements? How strongly is the rule a) respected, and b) enforced? Just curious.

Baby Fisk
02-14-2006, 12:28 PM
Something I noticed for the first time last year was the saavy use of camera-range seating to send messages to viewers. Eg. at an Angels game, there was a man sitting on the 3B side who held up a sign when right-handed batters were at the plate. The sign simply read "Anaheim", demonstrating the man's sentiments in the team name controversy. Will sign activists be the next big thing? Has anyone else seen people holding this type of signage deliberately for the cameras? Just musing out loud...

1951Campbell
02-14-2006, 12:46 PM
Something I noticed for the first time last year was the saavy use of camera-range seating to send messages to viewers. Eg. at an Angels game, there was a man sitting on the 3B side who held up a sign when right-handed batters were at the plate. The sign simply read "Anaheim", demonstrating the man's sentiments in the team name controversy. Will sign activists be the next big thing? Has anyone else seen people holding this type of signage deliberately for the cameras? Just musing out loud...

I haven't noticed.

maurice
02-14-2006, 05:57 PM
Comical. Yeah, our legislatures are all bogged down in bills having to do with pet peeves.

Is there a tag for REVERSE Teal Police?

Ol' No. 2
02-14-2006, 06:01 PM
Something I noticed for the first time last year was the saavy use of camera-range seating to send messages to viewers. Eg. at an Angels game, there was a man sitting on the 3B side who held up a sign when right-handed batters were at the plate. The sign simply read "Anaheim", demonstrating the man's sentiments in the team name controversy. Will sign activists be the next big thing? Has anyone else seen people holding this type of signage deliberately for the cameras? Just musing out loud... There was the M&M guy sitting in the Scout seats last year. Not sure if he was connected with the company or just had bad taste in clothes.

MarySwiss
02-14-2006, 06:06 PM
Wow, this has turned into quite the heated race!

santo=dorf
02-14-2006, 06:11 PM
There was the M&M guy sitting in the Scout seats last year. Not sure if he was connected with the company or just had bad taste in clothes.

Speaking of which, I'm not a fan of seeing NASCAR jackets at a baseball game.
Ban them.

Signs are stupid too. They can block people's views, the holder is generally not paying attention to the game either, and the embarrassing misspelling can set fanbases back by a couple of decades.

http://bostondirtdogs.boston.com/Headline_Archives/dividson2.jpg

:anon:

Ban those too.



:rolleyes: