Ask McFartnuggets: “Why Do People Chant at Sports Bars?”

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Dear McFartnuggets: 
How come when you’re at a sports bar people chant a player’s name or a team’s name like “Let’s go Yankees!” or “Derek Jeter!” They’re nowhere near the stadium, the players can’t hear them. What is the point of this? Are people stupid? -- Maryann from Bridgewater, New Jersey

Dear Maryann:
Well, most people who chant at sports bars are usually surrounded by a lot of other people who are doing it too. At that point, their brains think they’re at the game or just don’t even care. It’s kind of like how people yell out at the theater during movies. Obviously them saying “BITCH YOU NEED TO RUN!” isn’t going to affect the movie that has already been filmed a year ago halfway around the world. Those people yell out more for the entertainment of their friends. For example, if you’re at home watching a game by yourself chanting “LET’S GO YANKEES!” then that’s highly disturbing and you might have some mental issues. Even if you’re watching it with one other person, chanting seems ridiculous. However, with a bunch of friends it’s more acceptable. It’s really just as dumb, but it’s acceptable in a stadium surrounded by thousands of people so the more people you do have around you (even if you’re not at the game) the more acceptable it is to chant. If people are at bars, usually there’s a decent number of viewers so they all get into the chanting. Though mostly it’s because they’re drunk.

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