How to act like an idiot at your kid's football game
In all honesty, it's not that surprising that Mario Romano punched his son's Pop Warner football couch in the face over a dispute about playing time. I don't know Mario personally, but I can clearly remember parents flipping out at my childhood sporting events -- often so angry that I was afraid they might indeed slug somebody. However, I didn't know that, at least in New Jersey, this problem had become so bad that, in 2003, the state enacted a law specifically designed to combat violence at youth sports events.
Therefore, Mario was charged with assault while attending a community-sponsored sporting event while juveniles under 16 were present -- meaning what would've been disorderly conduct is now a fourth-degree felony. He could face 18 months in prison and up to $10,000 if he's convicted.
While I think that's probably a little harsh, it's clear that Mr. Romano -- at the very least -- should be mandated to get counseling, and banned from watching his kid play in the future. Nothing ruins a nice Sunday afternoon like some screaming jerk who can't accept that it's just a game.