This is kind of a tough one. If nothing else, the story of Cleveland Browns fan Rob Stipe represents an alarming trend across NFL stadiums. Players and coaches want fans to get off their iPads and make as much noise as possible during games. Football is the only sport where the noise level of the fans can directly affect the outcome of the game. If an offense can’t hear the plays that are being called, there is going to be trouble.
Enter Stipe — a rabid Browns fan and member of the infamous “Dawg Pound” bleacher section who was kicked out of Cleveland Browns Stadium on Sunday after he refused to sit down. That, of course, raises the following question: When does standing become too much standing?