Sunday night at around 7pm, I lost faith in humanity.
If you watched the 49ers/Giants NFC Championship game, you know Niners WR Kyle Williams fumbled a punt in overtime.
That fumble ultimately led to the Giants winning.
These mishaps weren’t the cause for my utter disgust in humanity right now, but what followed is the root of it.
On William’s twitter page there were multiple death threats. Fans threatened Williams’ life and his family’s due to one mistake. At that point, it wasn’t a game anymore, people’s lives were threatened.
At what point did it become acceptable to do something like this? I know hate mail is probably a common occurrence for athletes, but what drives a person to do something like this?
It’s taking sports too seriously, it’s needing a scapegoat for your pain that your team didn’t win.
We as a society are starting to take our fandom of sports teams to a dangerous level. We have already had riots, shootings and beatings that have put people in hospitals and in critical condition.
We have constantly crossed the line with little backlash from more sane fans who don’t take losing as serious. At some point there this needs to stop. People need a reality check.
It’s a game, treat is as such.
Quick side note: I am not pointing the finger at all Niner fans, since I know the vast majority of them did not do what the cruel selected few did. Unfortunately, the acts of a few can give a bag image to a group as a whole.
Anyway, I needed to get that out of the way.
Another championship game was played, and with an equally astonishing finish. Thanks to some shady scoreboard play, a dropped pass and a shanked field goal, the Patriots beat the Ravens.
In this game WR Lee Evans and kicker Billy Cundiff became the ones to blame, and they faced up to their mistakes in the post game press conference as well.
It is always a shame to see one or two athletes take full blame for a lose in a sport that prides itself in being a “team sport.” Though on the Ravens, there is a man by the name of Ray Lewis. He made sure to let his team know that it’s only a game, you have to enjoy it while you can.
More NFL teams need guys like Ray Lewis. While he may seem crazy at time, he is always there to remind them and us, that football is just a game.
In College sports, WSU released the salary numbers for Mike Leach’s assistant coaches. This is a direct effect of the Pac-12 contract money, with the heightened salary numbers from Wulff’s regime.
Staying with Leach,Texas Tech has refused his settlement offer. Not wanting to budge on their stance, TTU emphatically denied the settlement and all throughout kept putting the blame on Leach. One Cougar sports blog tries to make sense out of the whole settlement letter and the reply letter from Leach.
Moving from one predominate sport to the other, Bone has silenced the critics for now.
After a stellar weekend of basketball, the Cougs were able to show home-court dominance and beat the top two Pac-12 teams Stanford and Cal. Throughout the two games, the storyline was the same. Faisal Aden has found his game and has been shooting effectively and making tough lay-ups looking utterly effortless.
After a 33 point performance against Stanford, and a 24 point performance against Cal, Aden has earned a right to become a starter, though time will tell if Coach Bone values him as a sparkplug off the bench with instant offensive capabilities or a starter. Right now, however, I don’t care what happens as long as Aden keeps this up.
If Aden can somehow maintain his offensive numbers the Cougs could become a threat. The offensive firepower of Aden, Lacy, and Motum could become potentially lethal for Pac-12 opponents down the stretch.
Quick note: All Cougar basketball stats and opinions were published before Thursday night’s game againstArizona.