Wasted Seats

Chad and I were sitting third row behind the Celtics bench when they were playing the Clippers on March 23. The seats were great. I could hear Doc Rivers and appreciate all 6'11" of Kevin Garnett. Nice.

A couple guys around our age were sitting behind us. Those were clearly some pretty sweet seats as well, given that they were a mere one row back.

With 2:24 left in the first quarter Kendrick Perkins got called for defensive three seconds (as he is wont to do). After Eric Gordon missed the free throw one of the guys behind us said, "I didn't know it was only one shot."

Come on. You should not be allowed to sit that close to a team that good if you don't truly appreciate the game. I don't intend to sound like a basketball snob (even if I am), but this is a simple rule that's observed throughout the course of just about every game. At that moment it became clear that he was sitting in a Wasted Seat.

Wasted Seats exist at every sporting event, but I think the best examples come from basketball. You know that guy sitting courtside who stays sedentary when everyone else jumps up to cheer, then tries to ignore when he's featured on the Jumbotron? Or his wife, who does the same thing, except while texting. Those are prime examples of Wasted Seats.

Not everyone who goes to a basketball game needs to be an expert, quite the contrary. The more fans who attend games the better as far as I'm concerned. All I'm proposing is this: the less you know or care about the game, the further away from the court you should sit.

For the purposes of illustration, the following are examples of seats that were used to their full potential:

Jack Nicholson

Spike Lee


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