How to Be a Super Heckler

Start by doing your homework, and be sure to get loud
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 30, 2009 2:02 PM CST

(Newser) – Sunday’s the last chance to get your heckling in this NFL season, and Eddie Matz of ESPN the Magazine has timely tips on getting the most bang for your buck:

  • Do your homework. Knowing a key statistical weak point or personal peccadillo can get you inside your target’s head.
  • Wait until it’s quiet. Nobody’s going to hear if everyone’s cheering, so heckle during time-outs and the like … and …
  • Be loud.

  • Don’t swear. “If you have to explain it to your kids,” one aficionado says, “don’t say it.”
  • Leave the refs out of it. They don’t make enough money for your BS, too.
  • No slurs. As in drunken, but also racial and sexual.
  • Be funny. If “You suck!” is the best you can do, stay home.
  • Pay attention to the game. If a receiver’s dropping everything, let him know it.
For more heckling anecdotes and bonus tips on making the most of game day, click the link below.