As many of you know, I love football and support God’s true team, the Chicago Bears. However, I have long complained that I never take the kids to football games because of the pervasive swearing and drunkenness. For families, the most obnoxious element has taken over these games, drunken, adolescent adults who use games as an excuse to shed every notion of decency and civility. We are experiencing what Europe has faced with soccer hooligans as families are increasing abandoning stadiums. Last night showed the depth of the problem. After fans recently went to his house after a loss to berate him, Texans quarterback Matt Schaub lay on the field with an injured leg as Texan fans cheered his injury.
It was a frightful demonstration of how base and crude football fans have become. They no longer treat players as humans. They do not consider this man’s wife or children or all the things that he has done for the team. It was truly disgusting as players of both teams expressed after the game.
This is precisely the type of fans that I do not want to expose my kids to at a stadium. We stay home and watch on television. It is not a perfect solution of course. I know a number of families who have sold their season tickets due to the obnoxious, drunken conduct of fans. We have surrendered stadiums to the lowest common denominator of society, but the alternative is to force your children to listen to some drunk loser swearing throughout a game and cheering injuries of players. With families withdrawing, it seems to be only increasing the problem as obnoxious fans feed off each other.
As an ardent football fan, I find the trend at stadiums to be really depressing despite efforts of some stadiums to nail the worst offenders. It is a great game that is being degraded by a segment of the fan base that is using games as an excuse for booze-soaked venting at fans and players.