Dear Sports Fans,
On Saturday, Clemson beat #21 Auburn 38-24 at home. Clemson was favored in the game. Auburn did have their 17-game winning streak with them, but they had barely scraped by the last two games this season. And the Clemson students rushed the field after the win. It seems like it’s getting to the point where students will rush the field after any decent win. So in order to protect the sanctity of rushing the fields, here are the rules for when it is acceptable to rush the field:
- If you’ve knocked off the No.1 team. This one’s pretty obvious. Although it becomes questionable if you are also a very good team (Top 10). In this case, it would have to have serious end-of-the-year implications.
- This is more like 1a. and 1b. If you’ve knocked off a top 5 team and you aren’t a very good team. If you’ve knocked off a top 10 team and you’re a shitty team. None of this, “We just beat the No. 16 team. Holy shit!!!!!!”. Have some respect for yourself. I’m looking at you, Clemson.
- If you’ve just won a conference championship. Note: If this isn’t the first championship in a string of championships, unacceptable. Act like you’ve been their before. Note to the note: Leeway will be granted if it was a hard-fought championship and you just knocked off your chief competition for the title on the last game of the season, especially if it comes down to the wire. Not if it’s a blowout. Any further gray area on this will be ruled upon on a by-case basis.
- If you beat your main rival and it negatively affects their standing significantly. This only applies if one team in a rivalry sucks and/or it keeps your rival from winning a championship. Say, hypothetically, Wisconsin played Minnesota the final game of the season and Minnesota somehow beat us, keeping us out of the Big Ten Championship game. They could rush the field. Find solace in your shittiness, Minnesota.
- Both teams are good teams and you win on a last-minute touchdown or miracle drive/play. In this case, leeway is granted for spontaneity. It’s okay to get caught up in the moment. Just don’t overdo it.
Any other situations are deemed unacceptable. Special cases will be considered. Note that this mostly applies to football. There are some variations for other sports like basketball (where there are more traditional powerhouses over longer periods of time, like Duke).
The Czar of Sports’ Fan Etiquette