Go Nuts: Should you leave a game early?

February 02, 2012|RedEye

The Blackhawks game started late because of bad weather. You want to beat the traffic getting home from Soldier Field. The Bulls are crushing their hapless opponent. The Cubs are getting pummeled--again--in the 6th inning. There are reasons to consider leaving your team's game early, but should you? We tackle that vexing sporting debate in this week's edition of Go Nuts!


If it was my choice to purchase tickets to a sporting event, it's also my choice to leave early. Maybe I didn't dress warmly enough for a winter football game, I ran out of beer money or my team is losing so badly that I cannot stomach hearing my friends complain any longer, but if I'm no longer enjoying myself for any reason, I reserve the right to leave before the clock winds down to zero.

--Lisa Arnett (lmarnett@tribune.com, @redeyeeats)


Let me get this straight. You, as a fan, would plan your day around a sporting event just to leave early? I'll set aside the issue of disprespecting your wallet and simply say this: You know that deafening roar you hear while waiting for the "L" or walking to your car before the final whistle, horn or strike? That's the sound of your team making a spectacular comeback—and you missed it to save a few minutes on your trip home. Are you prepared to live with that kind of regret? I'm not.

--Chris Sosa (chsosa@tribune.com, @sayitissosa)

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