Reputations trashed

Fans hurt themselves, teams with outrageous stadium behavior

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Longtime Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Ron Jaworski actually finished his National Football League career with the Kansas City Chiefs. He fell in love with the city, as a great place in America’s heartland to live, work and raise a family.

He may think a bit less of it today after how Kansas City fans Sunday cheered a head injury to unpopular Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel.

“I thought it was awful,” Jaworski said with disgust on ESPN. “It’s totally unacceptable. To see that in Kansas City – what is happening in this
country? Where’s our compassion for people? It’s a game!”

“To cheer somebody in that situation is almost unthinkable,” added fellow ESPN commentator Merril Hoge.

“What are the lessons we’re teaching our young people?” Jaworski asked.

Good question. The lesson is that winning is more important than being human.

While not inhumane, the behavior of Atlanta Braves fans last weekend was similarly boorish: After a particularly controversial late-inning call that may have cost the Braves a shot at a postseason run, fans threw so much debris on the field that the game had to be stopped for a cleanup.

The two incidents reveal something not very flattering about the state of sportsmanship today. More important, they demonstrate many people’s lack of perspective – about the relative importance of sports, about civility and, yes, about humanity.

Cassel may have looked bad as quarterback, but nowhere near as bad as the fans who applauded his being seriously hurt.

Such fans only trash their own reputations.

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corgimom 10/10/12 - 07:49 am
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I find that humorous from a

I find that humorous from a newspaper that just ran an editorial because Seth McFarlane was named host of the Oscars. I call that a lack of perspective, too. You know, about the relative importance of a tv awards ceremony that hardly anyone watches anymore.

I wonder if the ACES realizes how their lecturing to its readers, as if they were children, is not appreciated? And most importantly, do the fans going to football games care what the ACES thinks of them? (I think not)
Why would anyone think that a bunch of drunks would behave appropriately?

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americafirst 10/10/12 - 08:16 am
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Corigmom, would you please

Corigmom, would you please tell this to our president. 4 years of his lectures have worn very thin.

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Riverman1 10/10/12 - 08:19 am
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The South is getting suave

The South is getting suave. We can throw trash on the field with the best of them in any city. We now have our reality shows letting the world know how cool we are. We have stars who have become icons such as Honey Boo Boo. We have a corporate headquarters on Broad St in a room above a deli or something. We have rising political stars such as Lee Anderson. I have no doubt he will become a national power one day. He is inimitable. Gwen Fulcher Young better not need her social security check expedited or something if Lee is our Congressman.

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rmwhitley 10/10/12 - 08:40 am
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The
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infiltration of northerners has taken the polish and sophistication once proudly worn by true Southerners. We now act like Detroit, Philadelphia, New York, Los Angeles, Washington, Boston, Cleveland and Chicago and that is NO compliment. More of this yankeeism is on it's way.

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seenitB4 10/10/12 - 08:46 am
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What does it say about us...

Jerry Springer...Honey Boo Boo....reality shows.....tells the world a lot about what we watch....
Believe me they do get a clue .....

seenitB4
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seenitB4 10/10/12 - 08:49 am
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Years ago

Years ago a blonde female friend of mine was on vacation in Egypt.....a strange man walked up to her & said he wanted to have sex with her...she was shocked & asked him why in the world would he say that.....he said..."I watch Jerry Springer on tv.".....dud duh...we do this crap to ourselves.

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soapy_725 10/10/12 - 09:12 am
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Just imagine what would have happened
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if the GA/SC game had been played in Athens. The town may have looked like Sherman made a detour.

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Riverman1 10/10/12 - 10:05 am
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Speaking of Egypt

Seenit, you could be right. Cairo is where CBS reporter, Lara Logan, was sexually assaulted by the crowd.

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Bizkit 10/10/12 - 10:51 am
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I miss the Andy Griffith

I miss the Andy Griffith Show-it was about family, morality, integrity, honesty, and wisdom. All traits that most young folks would think are as mythical as a unicorn. Women, instead of being portrayed as the ones dominating our colleges with intellect and dominating positions at every level, are subjugated to as purely sexual booty calls and lives filled with inane drama. I hardly watch TV anymore.

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