This is about on the level of that bitter fan that I found at a Washington Nationals game who told me that I was ruining his experience because I was talking behind him at a game recently. I can only image what said bitter fan would be saying to the people in Seattle who take a very large amount of pride in being, literally, the loudest fans on the face of the planet.
If he were to say something, I’d expect to be along the lines of what Judy Spellman and Rich Schiller wrote in a letter-t0-the-editor that ran in the San Francisco Chronicle earlier this week:
Was anyone else appalled by the unsportsmanlike conduct of the Seattle Seahawksand their fans, juiced on noise, which surely creates as big an advantage over an opponent as any performance enhancing drug and which, to their shame, NFL officials turn the same blind eye they have to concussions and drugs?
It would be simple to fix. Seahawks players and managers would ask their fans to cease and desist, and the NFL would implement a new rule: The visiting team may stop the game when fan noise is greater than a specified decibel level, and should this rule be violated in more than three games, no home games will be played at the offending field for the rest of the season, including playoff games. Things would quiet down.
At a time when the world seems sour, sports give us a place of joy, community and hope, and to have it spoiled is a bigger loss than it seems on the surface.
Timeout, what? Having the opportunity to be loud and obnoxious is part of what makes attending sporting events (especially home games) so incredibly awesome. Shouting sweet nothings into the bowels of an arena is about the only way we as fans can even minutely impact the outcome of a game. If you can’t handle it, then don’t go to games. But to say that what those people are doing ought to be considered illegal under the rules of the game? That’s downright outrageous, and just shows that you’ll make any kind of ridiculous excuse up as to why your team was embarrassed 29-3 on prime time TV.
Unfortunately, they weren’t the only senile fans from the Bay Area to complain about the noise level. Another letter-to-the-editor ran in today’s Chronicle as well:
I couldn’t agree more with “Unsportsmanlike conduct in Seattle” (Letters, Sept. 17).
It wasn’t a game of skill anymore; it was an exhibition of excessive stadium noise, posturing obscenities in your opponent’s face to draw a foul and street-punk behavior to fire up tensions to gain any advantage to get the win.
I hope the NFL will listen before the fans go deaf. Please stop the excessive stadium noise, and just play football.
Ellen Gust, Palo Alto
Such babies. Instead of making excuses, how about you get your crowd to be noisy as shit and gain this “unfair advantage” for your team.