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So you don't boo, hmm?Posted Monday, December 8, 2008, at 6:07 PM
As the NFL season was approaching, my gut was twisting and turning on a regular basis.
Week 2 of the regular season could have ended up being a battle in my home.
My fiance is a die-hard Indianapolis Colts fan. Our family room, for example, is painted Colts Blue and Colts memorabilia is plastered on the walls.
We even have blue Christmas lights strung along the walls.
While I root for the Colts, specifically because they are in Indiana, my heart and loyalty has always been with the Minnesota Vikings.
Therein lies the problem with the second week of the season.
The Vikings hosted the Colts.
Honestly, I headed into the game thinking World War III might erupt in our family room.
But it didn't.
I was, however, taunted to the tilt after the Colts picked up an 18-15 victory. I was also reminded that Colts' fans would never boo their own players.
During that game, Minnesota fans despicably booed then-quarterback Tavaris Jackson. The Vikings, mind you, had the lead when the booing took place.
I found it hard to digest as we sat in the family room watching the game, quietly (words had barely been spoken up to that point).
While I found the booing completely ignorant, fans are fans. There is a reason fans are fans. The word comes from fanatic.
Following that game, I joined mycolts.net, a website for Colts fans to get together and discuss different topics, including games.
Several people blog on the website following games.
After the game against Minnesota, several Colts fans were on the site discussing the booing that took place, saying they would never boo their own.
I felt obligated to remind those fans of the Jeff George era, when he was booed regularly.
It appears after nearly a decade of stellar play, some Colts fans have forgotten how far the team really has come as I got the same response from people I did not know when they all said the same thing: They would not boo their own team.
Fast-forward to Monday. I'm sitting at my desk reading Indianapolis Star columnist Bob Kravitz' column following the Colts thrashing of Cincinnati Sunday.
He gets a quote from Peyton Manning after the game from a situation a fourth-quarter drive.
I was at home watching the game as this situation unfolded.
What happened, you ask? Colts fans started booing the team after a timeout was called.
They were leading the game. In fact, they were crushing the Bengals into oblivion, but how many teams haven't done that this year?
Colts' fans booing their team as they had a lead? Come on. I thought that never happened?
But it did.
The quote Kravitz got from Manning said it all, as the quarterback explained because the bar has been raised, fans react differently.
That reaction, most of the time, is plain ignorant.
The same goes for the Minnesota fans in the second week of the season. The bar was raised heading into this year. Fan(atic)s had expectations.
Sure, some fans wouldn't do that. In fact, all fans shouldn't do that.
My message is simple: It is a game. Have fun while you're there watching the game unfold. Enjoy the experience. Enjoy the moment.
But don't get too caught up in it.
You might be booing when you shouldn't be.
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