NFL Fans By Stephen Siracusa
The attitude amongst football fans is the worst of all other sports. Fans that share the same team allegiance can’t even get along amongst themselves. Just posting an opinion in regards to who would be a good draft pick for a favorite team on the team’s site garners inexcusable negative reaction.
Instead the ugliness that rears its head just makes it disappointing that sharing a common love for football and the same team doesn’t somehow drive us into a brotherhood where we all support one another.
Fans are quick to wish for the up and coming players that have the most hype and are the most publicized. Fans want the most popular and well known college athletes to be drafted.
The Baltimore Raven’s image was tarnished by one player’s dealings outside of the game. His actions brought a negative connotation to all players because people tend to relate one bad apple to the whole barrel. The negative publicity that was received from this incident impacted the entire team not just the player that created the infraction.
Another thing that fans do is turn their backs on a player the minute they have a bad game. Last year was a good example of this when Dez Bryant’s performance for the Cowboys was hampered by an injured foot.
Even though his performance reduced some, he is a very committed player, even showing up to play in a game when his mother passed away. There should be some loyalty to a player like this, instead the fans just show how ugly and disrespectful they can be at the snap of a finger.
Fans aren’t very understanding when a new player comes into an existing team. Newbies have to learn a whole new offense and defense. They have to learn to clique with their new team mates.
Players have a whole new coaching staff that they have to adjust to. This is very stressful to a player coming in and can affect their playing ability at first. Instead of supporting their new acquisition fans will tear them apart.
At the end of the day we are all fans because we enjoy the sport. We have our favorite team that we cheer on week after week. It would be such a better experience if fans (at least fans from the same team) could enjoy friendly banter and debate. Football is meant to be entertainment and that is what we all should enjoy it as.