The Blackhawks’ resurgence has brought a new generation of fans to the regularly sold-out United Center. Most in Chicago are happy to see it, but they don’t sit behind a newbie fan like Jimmy Adams, who has never learned the etiquette of watching hockey in person.

“I’m thrilled the United Center is sold out every game. I really am,” said Paul Staley, a 30-year upper-level season ticket holder. “But it’s really steep up here, and that idiot in front of me [Adams] constantly leans forward, so his big stupid head blocks my view of about one-third of the ice.”

Staley said Adams also blocks his view when he stands up whenever he anticipates a goal, rather than waiting until it is actually scored, as proper etiquette dictates, and when he runs to and from the restroom and concession stand whenever he feels like it, instead of politely waiting for a stoppage in play to stand up.

Adams, on the other hand, felt it was within his rights as a fan to act however he pleases, no matter how it impacts the experience of those behind him.

“Look, I’ve been a huge Hawks fan for almost a year now, so if I want to lean way forward in my seat and stand up at every possible fight or goal, then so be it,” said Adams. “I paid 20 whole dollars for this seat, so anyone crazy enough to say I’m inconsiderate can kiss my ass.”

From the December 2009 issue by Brad Zibung