I see nothing has changed at TBP... the standing vs. sitting argument is older than I am. Lol.
i think the lean years after xCJL was fired sucked a lot of energy out of the fan base. we obviously lost a lot of fans & the non-marquee games reverted to a "quaint way to spend a quiet Saturday afternoon sitting in a red plastic chair & sipping $10 draft beers where the Bucs play on Sundays"
after I graduated & moved from the student section to season tickets on the east aisle of 125 (row M!) in 2008 we stood entire games (if they were competitive), we were loud, we narrowly avoided brawls with Miami & Rutgers fans...
I got the occasional dirty look for my general comportment, but the majority of fans within earshot (which included most of 126 as well) not only seemed to enjoy the rowdiness but joined in once I got going. I even had a counterpart in 126 that would shout equally insane things as I did.
for the four seasons I was in 125, from 2008 to 2012, the South Endzone seemed to embrace the "rowdy young alum" designation & tried our hardest to match the intensity of the students in the North Endzone. there were several groups of young season ticket holders that sat in the surrounding rows; I got to know them well, they were like my second family for 6 Saturdays a year in fall.
no one EVER told me to sit down.
then I went to work in South America for a year & a half & when I came back, it was completely different. most of the "family" had been replaced by empty seats & quiet old sitters who sipped their beers thru straws. Nobody was rude, but nobody joined in the rambunction. it was like attending a game in the old "quaint Saturday afternoon" era.
ive attended a couple games a season since then, but the LACK of excited young alumni fans who treated our section as a family & embraced the challenge of being loud & rowdy was an experience killer & has actually prevented me from attending some of the random non-marquee games I used to just jump in the car & drive to on Saturdays.
in other words, the old stiffs who think they can decide for others what's "exciting" & when it's "acceptable to stand" can KILL the vibe. if I want to sit on my ass & only get loud half a dozen times a game I can sit on my couch or go to a bar. The beer is cheaper & the company isn't as stiff & lifeless.
remember, your fellow fans are PART of the experience. The crazy young fans standing, shouting mildly inappropriate taunts, instigating other fans to be loud ARE PART OF THE STADIUM EXPERIENCE.
just because you're a bitter old fart with a bum knee & want to sit all game doesn't mean u should ruin the experience for others by whining & moaning about the "etiquette" of when it is "appropriate" to stand. WE are the ones that make the most noise & encourage others to do so.
to quote some random rap song... "***** don't kill my vibe"
we do what we do FOR THE TEAM. sitters do what u do for your own comfort.