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Pitch Invaders
June 10, 2011 10:58 AM   Subscribe

Pitch Invaders: Loathed by players but loved by fans.

Some employ costumes.

Some are dogs. (dog gets a little rough treatment in the beginning but is unharmed and seemingly no worse for the wear)

Wheelchair friendly!

Sometimes an invader is a beach ball.

Then there is Karl Power, and Jimmy Jump. Jimmy has had quite the career but Karl has a song written about him.

And sometimes you get an autograph.
posted by josher71 (45 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

 
Sometimes they are owls
posted by Ad hominem at 11:05 AM on June 10, 2011


Upon reading the tin, the first thought which occurred to me was that baseball has a new issue with which I am not familiar.

/americentric
posted by Danf at 11:06 AM on June 10, 2011 [2 favorites]


There's a special place in Hell for anyone who deliberately kicks an owl. Seriously, why would you even?
posted by Faint of Butt at 11:09 AM on June 10, 2011 [2 favorites]


Yep, I agree. Fuck that guy.
posted by josher71 at 11:12 AM on June 10, 2011


Having lived through the streaking craze of the 70s I'm definitely on the side of the players on this. Maybe everyone else is laughing and cheering them on but I secretly like it when they get caught.
posted by tommasz at 11:12 AM on June 10, 2011


I hate that guy too. I hope that if there is a a hell, and if there is a special place in it for him, it is a place where he is repetedly kicked by giant owls.
posted by Ad hominem at 11:14 AM on June 10, 2011


Spoiler: the dog is OK and is removed in the end after the players tickle his tummy for a while.
posted by Infinite Jest at 11:19 AM on June 10, 2011


I saw (on TV, not live) that WPS game where the German shepherd got on the pitch, it was hilarious. Sweet doggie, just wanted a tummy rub. I liked how the players made the official back off from the rough treatment and gave the pup some love before gently carrying him off the field.
posted by stennieville at 11:20 AM on June 10, 2011 [3 favorites]


Why the hell are Russian broadcasters covering a welsh soccer game?
posted by spicynuts at 11:22 AM on June 10, 2011


Well the owl plays for Madrid so it's ok.
posted by spicynuts at 11:23 AM on June 10, 2011


Some are quite dizzy!
posted by Rhaomi at 11:24 AM on June 10, 2011 [3 favorites]


The only one I've ever seen successfully escape (though I believe he was picked up later as he left the park.
posted by Seeba at 11:27 AM on June 10, 2011 [4 favorites]


Best pitch invasion I ever saw:

New Zealand are (as usual) being hammered at cricket. The players are getting ready to come out on the field again. From the other end of the field, a group of fans emerge, dressed in the classic, iconic, but basically beige NZ uniform of the 1980s (when NZ actually won some matches), tossing a ball around. The crowd went mental.

I'm sure they all got thrown out, but it was fantastic. (I'm presuming that those guys were the prototype of the Beige Brigade).
posted by Infinite Jest at 11:29 AM on June 10, 2011


My question is: who ate all the pies?

Great post, Josh :)
posted by jtron at 11:31 AM on June 10, 2011


baseball has a new issue with which I am not familiar

Of course, baseball has fans who run on the field too, they just don't get a special title (other than "assholes"). And some are definitely not loved by anyone.
posted by RogerB at 11:31 AM on June 10, 2011


Just don't try to surreptitiously put the boot in if you're security. It can end badly.
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 11:33 AM on June 10, 2011 [1 favorite]


Pitch Invaders- it's amazing how many synonyms there are for "idiot"!
posted by tomswift at 11:35 AM on June 10, 2011


Some are spiders.
posted by Wolfdog at 11:38 AM on June 10, 2011 [2 favorites]


Some kind of notice would have been nice for the owl clip.
posted by bonobothegreat at 11:39 AM on June 10, 2011 [2 favorites]


The owl died.
posted by pracowity at 11:41 AM on June 10, 2011


Just don't try to surreptitiously put the boot in if you're security. It can end badly.

It's unfortunate that the cop got beat up by the mob in retaliation but I really respect the player who jumped in to stop the first guy from being billyclubbed.
posted by scalefree at 11:43 AM on June 10, 2011


A much... friendlier? pitch invader
posted by jtron at 11:43 AM on June 10, 2011 [1 favorite]


That owl was my brother.
posted by LordSludge at 11:45 AM on June 10, 2011


Obligatory Half Man Half Biscuit reference.
posted by mattn at 11:50 AM on June 10, 2011


Some kind of notice would have been nice for the owl clip.

I'm sorry about that, It really didn't occur to me until after the fact that the clip is kind of a sucker punch. Maybe a mod can put a warning.
posted by Ad hominem at 11:51 AM on June 10, 2011


Some are dogs

Wow, that dog gets a women's soccer team to scratch his belly. Lucky fellow.
posted by Skygazer at 11:54 AM on June 10, 2011


Ad hominem: and if there is a special place in it for him, it is a place where he is repeatedly kicked by giant owls.

Oh. I thought I was the only one who had that nightmare.
posted by Skygazer at 11:55 AM on June 10, 2011


I'm covered in beeeees!
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 11:56 AM on June 10, 2011


This reminds me of a clip I've been looking for for years - a tiny black feral kitten trots onto the outfield in a baseball stadium, and one of the outfielders thinks he's going to take care of the interruption. As he approaches, the cat puffs up, ears go back, and it flattens itself on the ground - but the ball player, clearly not a cat owner, proceeds to casually pick it up with his bare hands. Predicably, the cat sunk fangs and claw into whatever hand/arm bits it could reach, resulting in some frantic arm waving.

Then the satisfied but somewhat disgruntled kitten ran off.
posted by HopperFan at 12:10 PM on June 10, 2011 [1 favorite]


TheWhiteSkull's link is interesting.

Sequence of events:
- Security tackles a pitch invader -- fine so far.
- Four security guards sit on him and hold him down. They pummel him with clubs while he is helpless.
- The guards are swarmed by an angry mob of players and fans pouring out of the stands.
- The guards try to run, but most of them are dragged down and beaten senseless.
- Some of the more sober members of the mob help the guards to their feet and lead them off to get medical attention.
posted by justsomebodythatyouusedtoknow at 12:13 PM on June 10, 2011


Oh man. Just clicked on that Owl link.

I am sad. I am disturbed.

Giant owls kicking that guy in hell for eternity is too good for him.
posted by Skygazer at 12:19 PM on June 10, 2011


"I am sad. I am disturbed."

Me too, that video is heartbreaking.
posted by HopperFan at 12:21 PM on June 10, 2011


HopperFan: This one? The footage starting around 0:56 was a staple of '80's sports blooper shows.
posted by Doofus Magoo at 12:25 PM on June 10, 2011


Doofus Magoo - I think that may be it! I probably misremembered some of the deatils.

You don't fuck with feral kittens.
posted by HopperFan at 12:29 PM on June 10, 2011 [1 favorite]


For pete's sake it's not a baby, it's a feral cat! Pick it up by the scruff! Arm's length!
posted by muddgirl at 1:02 PM on June 10, 2011


I will now spend the rest of the afternoon lolling at youtube videos of delighted dogs galloping all over football pitches as the players fruitlessly attempt catching them.

(Predictably, I am most amused by this baseball diamond invading pooper.)
posted by elizardbits at 1:35 PM on June 10, 2011


Well there is always the Randy Johnson bird incident.
posted by dibblda at 1:44 PM on June 10, 2011


(Predictably, I am most amused by this baseball diamond invading pooper.)

And again, it's only when they deployed belly rubs that the situation was resolved.
posted by scalefree at 3:31 PM on June 10, 2011


The only one I've ever seen successfully escape

Kinda reminded me of Chief escaping at the end of "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest," complete with a Christopher Lloyd-esque victory cheer at the end.
posted by ShutterBun at 3:44 PM on June 10, 2011


I loved the pitch invaders at the end of the Wolves game on the last day of the season. So happy.
posted by Put the kettle on at 4:33 PM on June 10, 2011


When a streaker interrupted a Lords Test match during the early seventies by leaping over the stumps at the bowler's end England keeper Alan Knott memorably quipped that it was the first time he'd ever seen two balls coming down the pitch at him. There was a time when dozens of fans would invade the pitch every time someone scored a hundred and it was British Bulldogs charge at the end of the game. Pitch invaders caused real problems though, Australian swing bowler Terry Alderman badly hurt his shoulder when he tackled one on the field at Perth in 1982, and spent a year out of the game. These days you get fined thousands of pounds if you do it and it's pretty much died out in cricket at least.
posted by joannemullen at 3:43 AM on June 11, 2011


When a streaker interrupted a Lords Test match during the early seventies by leaping over the stumps at the bowler's end England keeper Alan Knott memorably quipped that it was the first time he'd ever seen two balls coming down the pitch at him.

Belly rubs are not, however, the preferred solution in cases such as this one.
posted by scalefree at 3:52 AM on June 11, 2011


Cat on the field seems to happen now and again. Makes sense if you think about how many rats stadiums must have. Cats got loose recently at Kaufman Stadium (Kansas City Royals), where they send the cat to the bullpen; Wrigley (Chicago Cubs), where they just throw the cat into the stands (follow up: cat gets named Ivy and TNR'd); and minor league games.

This one ends pretty happily and has Yakkity Sax.

This one has a great play-by-play. I love baseball announcers.
posted by maryr at 5:17 PM on June 11, 2011


Well there is always the Randy Johnson bird incident.

Now that was a pitch invasion!
posted by jpdoane at 5:39 PM on June 11, 2011


Animals invading the field stories are not complete without the famous cats of Shea Stadium. One even made an appearance at the Mets new stadium during their Citi Field debut.
posted by Rarebit Fiend at 9:19 PM on June 11, 2011


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