Friday, October 21, 2005

Some Pittsburgh Steelers Fans Are Completely Asinine Idiots

"Football hooligans" is a familiar term used to describe uncouth, unruly, and often violent fans of the sport called "football" in Europe. A few fans of the sport called "football" in America aren't much better.

I don't follow football, and right now I am glad that I don't because I certainly wouldn't want to be associated with the sore losers who are ostensibly supporters of the Pittsburgh Steelers football team. Look at what they have been doing to Steelers quarterback Tommy Maddox this week:

[Steelers guard Alan] Faneca recounted fan behavior on the heels of quarterback Tommy Maddox's yard being vandalized in the wake of Sunday's 23-17 overtime loss to Jacksonville at Heinz Field.

Maddox's grade-school children have since been teased while riding the bus, his agent, Vann McElroy, told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review on Wednesday.

Maddox committed four turnovers, including a fumble and an interception that was returned for a touchdown in overtime. He was booed vociferously, but the abuse did not end there.

"I went up to Tommy and said, 'Is all this true?'" kicker Jeff Reed said, referring to the incidents at his home. "Tommy said, 'Yeah, it's pretty bad.' "

Football is a game. Sometimes you win, sometimes you don't. Sometimes one person makes a few mistakes that costs his team the game. You get over it. You try harder next time. And the fans who cheer you, who want you to win, should just look forward to the next game and hope things go better.

Not these Steelers fans. This kind of behavior is just despicable. What was so important about this football game that they needed to seek revenge against the player whom they hold most responsible for the team's loss? Is a Steelers victory the highest priority in your insignificant lives?

Anyone who answers "yes" to that question needs to take two steps back and leave the game. You're disqualified from the human race.

Oh, this crap didn't just start with Tommy Maddox, either:

Maddox, though, is not the first Steelers quarterback to endure the wrath of fan reaction. Fans cheered when Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw sustained an injury at Three Rivers Stadium in 1974. And Kordell Stewart had beer dumped on his head at Three Rivers, not to mention having his mailboxes knocked from the front of his residence on a regular basis.
And then there was the disgraceful USFL game back in 1984 in which Birmingham Stallions quarterback Cliff Stout, formerly of the Steelers, was pelted with snowballs by bloodthirsty Pittsburgh Maulers fans at Three Rivers Stadium. Did I say "Maulers fans"? No, they were Steelers fans who crashed the party.

A lot of people (myself included) complain about the outrageously high salaries paid to professional athletes nowadays. But let's face it -- that excess of money may be the only thing that makes this ill treatment worth putting up with/


jipzeecab said...

Nothing can excuse the boorish behavior of "yinzer Steeler fans" fueled by their alcohol and gambling habits or the hideous example they set for their children which perpetuates their actions across generations.

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