- tennis serve
- golf swing
- bowling approach
But crowd noise is acceptable (encouraged even) at:
- basketball free throw
- soccer penalty kick
- football field goal attempt
Why the double standard?
Individual sports vs team games? Nope. A basketball free throw attempt, soccer penalty kick, baseball pitch, and football field goal attempt are all individuals attempting a singular physical activity. Just like a tennis serve or golf swing.
Fans pay money to see professional events of both types (except chess perhaps?)
Professional players are larger than the game in both. Rafael... LeBron, Tiger... Messi. Can't think of a bowling professional top of my head, but you get the idea.
Anyway, just kind weird how customs and acceptable behaviours evolve within sports.
Kinda like the customary free kick restart (aka "ref I want 10 yards"). I wonder who the first player was who was frustrated with the opponent for standing in front of his free kick. Did he (or she) politely ask the official "Yes, hello sir. Sorry to bother, but I was wondering, if it wouldn't be too much trouble, if you could politely ask my outstanding friends on the other team if they could perhaps relocate to a position a bit farther away. If you wouldn't mind." Repeat with a British accent for additional merriment!
And from that innocent inquiry, an entire custom was born.
Just thought of a bowling legend, Ernie 'Big Ern' McCracken...
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