Last night's game presented me with a minor, but none-the-less perplexing moral problem: Is a dedicated fan empowered to stand in a situation when his excitement and desire to support his team, and three-fifths of the arena is standing, even if the people behind him don't want to stand and tell him to sit down? What is the hockey etiquette?
My situation: I have had my seats in 418 for ten years and since it's inception have always stood during the shoot-out. Last night a man sitting directly behind me shouted, "Sit down!" I turned and returned his shout, "Stand up!" I remained standing during the entirety of what was surely one of the Cap's most dominating performances in the gimmick. Afterwards he pushed my shoulder and said, "Thanks for sitting down so my kids could see." I tried to explain that I always stand during the shoot-outs but he just kept repeating "Thanks" with a facetious sneer.
I should, in all fairness, explain that I was the only one standing in my row, and the three rows in front of me (I sit in the third, or "C" row). But I didn't expect any of those people to be standing as they were, apparently, a group of British school girls (literally).
So was I wrong here? I make sure I never stand during play at any other time and am not asking about any other situation. I still can't understand why his kids couldn't stand (my grandson sitting in another section stood up of his own volition when confronted by the same situation), nor why it is my problem that he isn't as vehement in his fandom. I place myself before the court of public opinion. What say you jury of my Japer peers?