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Dan Griffiths, Shakopee, Minn., Published January 30 2013

Letter: Fan’s conduct example for all

After 28 years of officiating high school basketball, I thought I had heard and seen it all until Saturday afternoon.

I was officiating the Moorhead Spuds and Buffalo Bison boy’s game, and like any typical event, the kids were playing hard, the coaches were calling out plays and the fans were just being fans, except for one. I have never heard more positive words of encouragement toward the players, regardless of the situation, than from that one lone fan. Always encouraging the kids to “keep playing hard,” “come on, you can do it.”

I took the time to go up to her at halftime and tell her what a breath of fresh air she was and that she was not the normal fan, as most of the comments we hear are toward the negative side. She continued to be positive for the entire game. Be proud of this “lone fan,” Moorhead, she is what sportsmanship is all about.

I wouldn’t hesitate to work another game for your fans.


Griffiths is with the Minneapolis Officials Association.