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rcade you are right there are some obnoxious rude fans in their 30's and 40's and probably some in their 50's. But the problem is primarily with fans in their 20's who think going to football games is all about getting drunk in the parking lot before or during the game and talking trash to fans of the other team who come out to root for their team. And that is just not right. I have known Raider fans that have said it was the other guys fault and it was OK to pour beer all over them because they wore the other teams colors. That is just so wrong on so many levels.
posted by patrickm at 07:36 AM on December 24
This problem is happening all over the league. I have been a season ticket holder for the 49ers for 25 years. It used to be I would never see a fight at a game. Now it is unusual when I don't see at least one fight during the game. What is causing this is a relection of what society has become. It is now acceptable for all the trash talking and profanity that we hear from the younger generation. When you add alcohol to the mix it gets out of hand. As the younger generation starts becoming the predominant age goup in stadiums these issuses will become more and more prevalent.
posted by patrickm at 02:09 AM on December 23
This parody was absolutely hilarious!!!!! As for its political correctness...... Who the F**** cares. The PC people fo the world have gone overboard on everything. Everything in the world offends someone somewhere. Get a life and a sense of humor. I am Irish and I have no problem with all the Irish jokes that abound out there. In the case of Native Americans it bothers some and it does not bother some others. Just like everything. It is just the vocal ones, usually a minority ( and I am not saying the Native American issue is created by a minority of them) that create the illusion that it offends the entire group.
posted by patrickm at 08:36 AM on October 21
I totally agree with several things said by people here. 1) There should be some type of award for the best record during the regular season. 2) The regular seasons of some sports are way too long. For instance, baseball. Baseball is supposed to be the game of summer. But when WS games and early season games are SNOWED OUT it ceases to be a summer game. 3) The post season playoffs drag on because too many teams make the playoffs. Which by itself diminishes the importance of the regular season. When almost half the league makes the playoffs (NHL, NFL, NBA) the regular seasons means nothing. Reduce the number of teams making the playoffs!! Other than that I think the whole idea of playoffs during the next season is ridiculas. As we all know teams here are not the same year to year and you punish those individuals who worked hard to get a team to the playoffs and then were cut, traded, or left via free agency. They would not get the oppurtunity to play for the championship of their sport. Not to mention the unfairness to the fans of that city might not get to watch the team that was so successful play with the same players for the championship. But enough said. None of this will ever happen because there is way to much money involved for the present system to change.
posted by patrickm at 12:25 PM on October 06
I was a big NBA fan during the '80s and '90s but I rarely watch anymmore. The talk about the rules ruining the game is absurd. It is the style of play and the ESPN highlight "look at me" attitude of the players that has ruined the game. The constant whining about calls by players and verbal abuse of the refs had to stop. I applauded David Stern and the crackdown on this the past season. It was long overdue. The players knew the rule about leaving the bench area. They left it anyway. I applaud the NBA for having the guts and integrity to suspend these important players during the playoffs. Too many times in the past I have seen players (of all sports) do a suspendable offense during the playoffs only to see them serve it during the beginning of the next season.
posted by patrickm at 05:43 AM on May 17
The decision to change the ball without the players input was just plain stupid.The players are the ones that have to use the ball andit it is not working then the quality of the game will suffer. (As if it is not bad enough already) However, the "zero tolerance" with the refrees is a good decision. Too often you see players berating officials as they are running down the court. Too often you see players using the officials "non-call" or "bad call" as an excuse. Trash talking and such has gotten way out of hand. I applaud David Stern for taking a stand. It is about time!!! My message to the players...."Shut the f--- up and play the game!!!!"
posted by patrickm at 12:54 AM on December 03
The Hall of Fame is for accomplishments over and entire career not just one or two sensational seasons. The book is out on Micheal Vick but I don't see him making it. While he is undoubtedly an exciting player to watch his ability as a quarterback to lead his team to playoff success is very much in doubt. As for Terell Davis I agree I don't think he should make it. While he had several outstanding years his career does not warrant the Hall of Fame. Are there players out there that are deserving but not yet in? Of course there are and there always will be. But the standards are and should be set high or it would diminish the privledge of making the Hall of Fame.
posted by patrickm at 04:11 AM on November 20
First of all what the heck was Pinella speaking Spanish on the Fox Ennglish speaking channel for? That in itself is very inappropiate. If he wants to speak Spanish on the air let him do it the Spanish speaking channels. Maybe Fox should fire Pinella for offending all the non-Spanish speaking people who were watching the broadcast. Lyons (and I don't know him) may be the idiot as you all say he is but come on .....this is a comment made in fun in reponse to inappropiate comments by Pinella. It should not be enough to fire someone over. If someone got fired everytime a comment of this nature was made then no one would be working in this country. this country has become way too sensitve and all this PC crap has gone too far. I am Irish and I am not offended by people when the call the Irish a nation of drunks. I just sit back and open and open aother beer. LOL.
posted by patrickm at 05:41 AM on October 15
This is soccer. Does anyone really care?
posted by patrickm at 09:07 PM on August 23
ctal199 said it all so well. Sometimes lopsided games happen and there is nothing can be done. But when coaches intentionally run up the score that is another matter. Those ooaches should be suspended. Players must learn to deal with disappointment at all levels. This is not just about sports but also life lessons. I coached swimming for over 10 years and one of the things I always stressed to my swimmers was to give their best each and every time. If they got beat it was OK as long as they know they tried their best. Because sometimes your best is just not enough. Too many psycologists etc are worried about making those less gifted, smart or whatever feel like they are equal to those that are smarter, more talented, etc. It is a fact of life that some people are better at some things than others. The earlier we learn to deal with that the better adjusted we are for adult life.
posted by patrickm at 05:41 PM on May 26
I said this when TO went to Philly and I will say it to the Cowboy fans now. "Be careful for what you wish for because you may get it!!!" I am a long time 49er fan and I watched TO go from a humble receiver at the beginning of his career to what he is now. He will tear apart your locker room just as he did in SF and Philly. He has critisized his quarterbacks (Garcia and McNabb) after pro bowl seasons. Just imagine how he is going to react to Bledsoe who is on the downside of his career. And that will only be the beginning. But you know what....... It couldn't happen to a better team (except maybe the Raiders).
posted by patrickm at 08:25 AM on March 18
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