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The wave at sporting events: Ride it or wipe it out? [Poll]

August 10, 2011 | 10:07 am

A curious rift has emerged concerning a seemingly harmless activity that has become a fixture at sporting events everywhere over the last several decades.

The wave.

The Times' David Wharton writes about how people are taking sides when it comes to the ubiquitous ritual, particularly at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas:

Fans of a certain mind-set ... have complained often enough that the team now shows a partly humorous, partly serious message on the scoreboard. It warns that throwing your arms into the air can cause muscle strains and should be confined to "pro football games and Miley Cyrus concerts."

On the other side of this ideological divide, a not-so-silent majority has risen to the challenge. Literally.

"There is a segment of people who see our sign and do the wave," a Rangers executive said. "It's actually going stronger than ever."

Which side are you on? Love it? Hate it? Depends on your mood or how the home team is doing at the moment? Vote in the poll, then leave a comment telling us just how strongly you feel about this great (or not-so great) tradition.

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-- Chuck Schilken

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