Feb 03


 It’s probably a bittersweet feeling as you’re sitting on the couch watching the final moments of the 2013 NFL season coming to an end at the Super Bowl. Bitter because there’s no football for another 6 months, and sweet because you keep telling yourself that next year is ‘Our Year’. Nonetheless, we saw Russell Wilson hoisting the Lombardi Trophy in a frigid New Jersey setting which was pretty memorable for such a young quarterback, but we also can’t forget about the interview heard around the world that occurred two weeks ago (can’t stop talking about this right?). Sherman going H.A.M. in his post game interview bought up many topics of discussion such as sportsmanship, social etiquette, and overall sports behavior. There are definitely unwritten rules on gameday behavior but I’ll drop my 2 cents on how gentlemenly you be when it comes to booing your own team. 

I talked about what it means to be a better sports fan in my last piece which can pretty much be applied to this segment as well. Hearing people booing their dismay at a sports game is as synonymous as seeing an inebriated college student getting arrested for disorderly conduct at a tailgate party. It’s bound to happen. Many people will voice their opinion on booing but it’s still a grey area when it comes to the context in when it’s appropriate to. First off, one should never ever boo or heckle a player on the opposing team when they get injured. That’s just sick. Just think as if a mound of random people came into your workplace just to scream and jeer in your face because you somehow broke your ankle sending a fax.

“Your favorite home team should almost be a son to you. You wouldn’t boo your own son at his softball game would you?”

Okay, that might be a terrible analogy, but let’s talk about something more controversial such as booing your OWN team in THEIR home. I might catch some shit for saying this, but I believe booing your own team is more counterproductive when attempting to send a message to the team. Unless you’re a Philly fan and support throwing snowballs at Santa Claus, then you shouldn’t barrage your team with such a negative nasty sound. It’s not encouraging by any means and just dampens their confidence. Your favorite home team should almost be a son to you. You wouldn’t boo your own son at his softball game would you? Of course not. But understandably so, these are professionals we’re talking about and it can sometimes be justified. 

Here’s some extra do’s and don’ts if you plan on bringing out the boo-birds.

  • It’s more acceptable to boo the entire team instead of just one individual. It’s politically correct to do so and feels better than to just point the finger at one person.
  • …unless the individual definitely deserves it because of something unforgivable that they’ve done off the field.
  • Or if they’ve cheated. Nobody likes a cheater and they deserve to be showered by boos (see Alex Rodriguez).
  • You express your displeasurement because you despise the team owner and he’s threatening to relocate the team.
  • Don’t ever drop any f bombs. It isn’t classy. It isn’t clever.
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