Fans turning on each other just another step backwards
Interesting and quite telling, if you ask me.
The guy’s not quitting because the Jets are terrible, although that might be a good reason in and of itself, but he’s going to give up the gig because he can’t the treatment he’s getting from other fans.
He says he’s now harassed in the stadium and the parking lot and on the street. And for what? For doing something he thought was fun?
We’ve long gone past the point where civility was the norm, now it’s welcome but in far too many cases unexpected, and this is just another case of anonymous others disrupting the fun of one for no reason than to show that they can.
Look, I have no problem with healthy discussion and different viewpoints and even a little bit of respectful fun among fans as long as it doesn’t cross the line into the mean-spirited.
But I don’t know what it is that makes people feel some empowered that they can take shots – verbal or otherwise – that are cutting, intentionally hurtful and, well, cheap.
Booze? The societal norms they live under? Am empowerment that comes from knowing they can flee a confrontation any time they want? A chance to simply goad someone into something they’d regret?
This guy was making a point and having fun and I’m sure he took a lot of good-natured ribbing over the years. But, believe me -- and I know from somewhat personal experience – people go too far because they have little respect for other points of view or actions.
They think because a guy’s out there – and you couldn’t go to a Jets game without seeing this guy and hearing him – that they can be attacked, verbally at least, by anyone in the parking lot or the stadium. Not true, those kind of fans will accept the fun made at their expense, but if gets to a point where a guy feels he has to stop doing something he’s done for almost ever, it’s crossed line.
Civility, it seems, is near dead and it sucks
We’re not going to put that genie back in the bottle where we treat each other with respect all the time, where we try to make valid points and try to understand the valid points, or actions of others but we need to try.
People need to simply act more grown up. And be more respectful.
It is to dream, I fear.
Without doing too much research or even thinking all that much about it (yes, it was some idle time watching Knicks-Nets in the hotel last night) was thinking of top movies about or done around Houston.
The short list:
Friday Night Lights
Maybe a better TV series than movie, though.
Who hasn’t said, in some variation, “Houston, we have a problem?”
A bit of a stretch but it was West Texas, right?
Terms of Endearment
Yeah, a tear-jerker, don't tell anyone, okay?
And, a favourite …
Mostly for the music, as I recall. Bob Seger? Yeah, I’m okay with that.
So I hear the Grey Cup TV numbers were off the charts, maxing out at about 5.9 million and that’s pretty darn good.
But before we go all “yes, Canada is a football country” I think we need to recognize it for what it is:
Canada, and every country really, is an “event” country when it comes to TV and even attendance. We like the big show on the big stage with the big buildup. It’s why we watch the Grey Cup and the Super Bowl and every other one-off event we can. We see and read all week about how big a thing will be and then tune in to see if it unfolds as the experts suggest.
Toss in some cross-over appeal thanks to the elongated halftime show and extended pre-game event and you’re going to get big numbers.
It was a great one-off event, let’s not make it anything more than that.
I swear I looked up one time at the Knicks-Nets game last night and saw Jerry Stackhouse, Marcus Camby, Kurt Thomas and Rasheed Wallace on the court at the same time and they’re like a combined 2,000 years old, aren’t they?
And I can’t believe no one wrote to suggest the Raptors blew it by not taking them in the draft. Well done, Irregulars.
Real life intersects on sports here in Houston and it’s going to be an emotional night, I’m sure.
If you hadn’t heard, Sasha McHale, the 23-year-old daughter of Rockets coach Kevin McHale, died on the weekend of complications from lupus, a disease that has cost me a few friends over the years.
There will be, I’m sure, tears and much emotion in the building and not limited to Rockets people since McHale hired Dwane Casey in Minnesota and coached Kyle Lowry here and was a colleague of Raptors PR guru Jim LaBumbard for years.
At some point, I hope when the mention of it is made on the broadcast that everyone watching takes a second to realize what they’re doing:
We are watching men play a game; it is a diversion and entertainment and sports.
It is not life and death or anything close to it and I’d hope that gives people some perspective. It will me.
The thing to watch for tonight if you’re watching?
Kyle Lowry and how he handles a homecoming of sorts.
We’ve seen a little bit of ‘hero ball’ from Lowry, a propensity to try and do too much too individually and I wonder if the prospect of playing against his most recent old team might have him in that kind of mood.
I’m sure Dwane will speak to him about the need to just play his game, get others involved, and not try to dominate. Wonder if the message will get through.