John Canzano from the Oregonian Newspaper recently received a letter from a former Oregon football player who attended the UCLA Bruins game as a fan, and his reaction to me toward other fans in the stands is a little disturbing. Not specifically his reaction, the player was anonymous, but the reaction of the fans to plays on the field toward this former player.
Below is an excerpt from the letter that Canzano received:
My friend and I took our seats where I soon became acquainted with the most ignorant people in all of college football. Directly behind me were a couple of drunk (expletive) who criticized Marcus’ ability to throw the football, DeAnthony’s ability to run the football, the lineman’s ability block, and the coach’s ability to analyze film and call plays. After hearing so much ignorant (expletive), I turned around to tell the “fans” to chill the (expletive) out. Marcus had overthrown a receiver on a tough play and the spectator made comment, “Hey, Marcus! Throw it inbounds, dumbass!” in, which I finally had enough, and turned around and asked if he would like to get down there and take Marcus’ place. The man responded, “No”. Then I asked if we were all still rooting for Oregon, in which he responded in an aggressive, irrelevant and incoherent manner and so I decided to discontinue the conversation I had started with him.
Excerpt from ‘Anonymous’ Player Letter
I, myself have sat in the stands at Autzen and have experienced ‘knuckleheads’ sitting and yetting behind me, but they quickly stopped when they realized I had a one year old in my lap. (my wife also turned around and gave them quite a look along with other folks in our section.) It is unfortunate that some fans are like that, but fans will be fans. It doesn’t mean that this type of fan behavior is right.