It's official. The most spoiled, brat-ish, fat-baby, knee-jerk, jerk-faced, obnoxious fans in all of sports are no longer New York Yankees followers. They've been usurped. And that's saying something.
They've been eclipsed by another group that is a clear No. 1 after booing one of the great dynasties in the history of organized sports. Congratulations, New England Patriots fans, your testicles have dropped. You are the top dog when it comes to whiney fans who take winning for granted.
|Stay in your seats, folks, even when your three-time Super Bowl champs are struggling. (US Presswire)|
Sure, go ahead and boo. The Patriots have obviously and clearly sucked.
Patriots defensive back Ellis Hobbs put it perfectly. He explained that the cascade of booing by New England fans is "a testament to how spoiled they are." I'd take that a step farther.
The booing symbolizes how many fans who think they know football actually don't. They really don't understand the intricacies of the sport and how hard it is to do what the Patriots have accomplished.
"It doesn't hurt," Hobbs said of the booing, according to newspapers in Boston and Providence. "It amazes me, amazes me, how people react. You would think that this organization hasn't won as much as they've won and hasn't been successful in the years that they have.
"Expectations are that high that we're not allowed a bad game or something like that. How many times has somebody had a bad day at the office? How many times has somebody missed a deadline and not gotten in the paper? Missing whatever, forgetting to fix their kids' lunch?"
Now you've gone too far. My mom always packed a great lunch.
Tight end Ben Watson called the mass numbers of Patriots fans leaving that 38-13 Miami debacle early "pretty disgusting."
Nice work, Pats fans. Hard core all the way. Uh-Rah.
How about this? We'll transfer the Patriots to Detroit and the Lions to Massachusetts. Patriots fans can have Matt Millen, now that he's available, and the Motor City will take Bill Belichick.
See how much you'd boo then.
And to think I once believed the Boston area knew something about football. Good grief.
Stick to the Red Sox, people.
Or the Bruins.
Fans always have the right to voice their displeasure, but there should be a tad bit of perspective.
What's next, Boston fans, booing the Celtics if they lose their season opener?
I could be wrong, but Chicago Bulls fans didn't boo Michael Jordan after he won all those championships, the Pittsburgh Steelers didn't get booed in the middle of their dynastic prowess in the 1970s, and neither did the Green Bay Packers.
Not that anyone should feel sorry for highly paid men who are playing a game. But I've always believed that fans and readers who don't regularly interact with athletes, watch them practice or talk to them about playing through pain don't fully get the sport.
There are a great many message board warriors and online rhetorical thugs who talk a good game in chat rooms but have never actually spoken to coaches or players to get at least a partial grip on how hard it is to win in the NFL.
"There are no rules or regulations to what you can say," said Hobbs. "You paid your money. You feel like you're owed that. I really think that if you looked at it, if the tables were turned, if people would really think about (it), that's almost like if their kid lost the game and all the sudden everybody is blaming their kid. They would get upset about that, but you can't really argue about it because, like I said, we get paid for this.
"We chose to do this job. We get paid for it. You have to take the good with the bad and that's just one of the bad things about the game. Hey, like I said, you can quote this one: I remember."
|EASY/LUCKY/FREE: I boo everything I don't like when I go to games: getting cut off at the beer stand, little kids, rival fans, old people, fat people, yuppies, the announcer, the halftime show. Why would I let a bunch of overpaid genetic freaks off for free? If they aren't playing up to their potential, they are going to get heckled.|
|Mike Freeman: You boo little kids? Do you boo puppies, too? How about rainbows? Santa? Do you boo Santa? (Eagles fans raise their hands yes.) Next time, while you're at it, boo tax cuts for the poor, too. Or kittens. Yes, kittens.|
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The fans' booing illustrates another point. There's a downside to New England's ascension. The Patriots, like a growing number of NFL teams, are increasingly appealing to more wealthy people at the expense of the average, more hard-core fan.
Some football fan purists with more intricate knowledge of the sport are being replaced by corporate metrosexuals who see a football game as nothing more than a way to impress a client or get laid.
Maybe those fans were the ones doing most of the booing. Maybe not. I'm not sure. It's just unfathomable to me how anyone who knows even a smidge about the NFL could boo the Patriots.
This is the result of having too many Hair Gel Giveaway Nights.
Some people will say that Hobbs should shut up and play. No, he shouldn't. Just like coaches, players and members of the media need to be jolted on occasion, fans should be told to shut the hell up every now and then as well.
So good for Hobbs.
And welcome to your new top position as the most spoiled fans in all sports, Patriots Nation.