49ers Fans Complain About Noise in Seattle

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.

4 responses to “49ers Fans Complain About Noise in Seattle

  1. Why “don’t we be as noisy as shit and go support our team?”
    I personally will not embarrass my team by acting that way.It is truly out of control,unsportsman like and not the way I grew going to a football game. Sadly for the Seattle Seahawks,after years of finally earning the title of a reputable team,it is clear that the obnoxious noise from the “twelve man” is only going to take away from all of the progress they have made as a team. I truly do feel bad for the team. It does appear that is what is needed in order for Seattle to win a game. I am all for screaming and supporting your team..but this is way, way ,way past the point. I guess all the rain has finally fogged your common sense. Definitely not a family affair in Seattle…what a shame.Leave the adolescents at home and spare them the agaony… As I promised my daughter~,someday I will take you back East so you can watch a real football game.

    • Embarrassed? It’s not like you’re at a golf major where the most emotion anyone shows is a light clap or a softly whispered “Aw shucks.” You’re at a football game, watching a sport that’s inherently violent—that’s not to say that you ought to be violent and do something stupid, but it’s every fan’s right (and duty if you ask me) to show some emotion.

      As for the Seahawks, I’m not sure which NFL you’ve been watching, but I think they’d still be doing pretty well without the 12th Man. They’re marching the league’s best defense out there on a weekly basis, holding teams (including the 49ers, who I’m guessing you root for?) to less than 10 pts a game, and have forced double digit turnovers just 3 games into the season. And don’t forget about the offense which ranks 4th in pts per game (28.7), 10th in yards per play (5.8) and 2nd in turnover margin (+6). I don’t know of any data anywhere that’ll prove just how much the noise factor plays into those numbers, but I’m guessing it’s not a whole lot (and if it does, then hell good for the fans for making a difference).

      And about showing your daughter a “real football game” back east—I’m not sure where exactly you’d take her, but you may want to avoid places like Philly, New York (when the Giants are in town), New England, Atlanta, and maybe even Miami this year, because I’d put money on the fact that those stadiums might not be as loud, but they can be just as rowdy, maybe even moreso than CenturyLink Stadium. I guess that leaves Carolina? Have fun there…

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  3. If the 49ers where to have the ability of the 12th man I’m pretty sure none of there fan’s would write to the NFL to say that oh our fans are to loud. can we penalize our own team? For haveing to much hopes and spiret

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