Embarrassing NFL Fans Rule Week 6
NFL fans have had better weeks; that's for sure.
Obviously, not every fanbase behaved poorly, but the way a select few reacted to on-field injuries and the home team's quality of play made the collective look pretty bad.
Let's take a look at how fans embarrassed themselves and became a storyline for the wrong reasons in Week 6.
Houston Fans Cheer Matt Schaub's Injury
Brian Cushing got it right.
During a post-game interview, the Texans inside linebacker called fans "barbaric" for cheering when Matt Schaub went down with an ankle injury. Heck, applauding when an opposing player goes down is ruthless.
Schaub's hit an unprecedented rough patch this season in Houston, but celebrating when a player on the home team gets injured is always embarrassing.
Houston fans had extremely high expectations for the 2013 campaign, and their team has significantly underwhelmed, so overt frustration isn't surprising. However, their actions are never warranted.
The way some Houston fans reacted when Schaub went down was just another reminder that the people filling the seats can easily dehumanize the NFL.
Patriots Fans Leave Early Before Tom Brady's Game-Winning Drive
Patriots fans didn't trust Tom Brady?
Are we living in The Matrix?
Just after 6:30 p.m. EDT on Sunday, Albert Breer of the NFL Network noted how many fans had already given up on the game.
A few minutes later, the New England Patriots' future Hall of Fame quarterback got his third chance to lead a game-winning drive and came through for his team.
With no timeouts, Brady orchestrated a gorgeous eight-play, 70-yard drive that culminated with a perfectly placed touchdown pass to Kenbrell Thompkins with five seconds remaining.
OK, first pitch of Game 2 of the ALCS between the Boston Red Sox and the Detroit Tigers was set for 8 p.m. EDT, but Patriots fans cannot prematurely give up on Brady.
San Francisco Fans Do the Wave During Calais Campbell Injury
Fans in San Francisco reportedly did "the wave" while Arizona Cardinals defensive lineman Calais Campbell was receiving medical attention on the field during Week 6's game against the San Francisco 49ers.
He eventually was carted off on a stretcher due to the neck injury he suffered. The fans' actions were condemned by 49ers tackle Joe Staley.
49ers CEO Jed York tweeted the following about how the fans of his team behaved: "To say I'm disappointed some fans did the wave this afternoon while Campbell was down is understatement. Hope you get well soon Calais."
While San Francisco fans weren't exactly cheering the injury, proper etiquette is to sit until the hurt player is able to leave the field.
If nothing more, doing "the wave" in that situation is a blatant sign of disrespect.
Fans pay good money to enter NFL games, but the lack of class shown on occasion is appalling.
Denver Fans Boo the Broncos Going into Halftime
All the Broncos did heading into their game with the 0-5 Jacksonville Jaguars was start the season 5-0 while scoring 46 points per game.
Quarterback Peyton Manning had thrown 20 touchdowns to only one interception, and the offense was on pace to break a variety of single-season NFL records.
Therefore, a 14-12 lead at the half was deemed by Denver fans to be bad enough that some believed booing was acceptable.
Per Joan Niesen of The Denver Post, cornerback Chris Harris said the following about the boos going into halftime: "I was shocked, kind of, because I’ve never heard boos here. You really don’t usually hear that from our fans, but I guess we weren’t playing up to our standard and to their standard."
The fans, who are really just paying customers, have the right to boo, but it's hard to side with them in this case.
They weren't morally wrong, but they sure as heck proved they've been spoiled rotten by Manning and Co. this season.
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