College Football Fans Need to Be More Accountable

Christopher Williams@@6thCLagniappeCorrespondent IOctober 26, 2008

It is time for someone to call out the fans of college football teams around the country. Every week, message boards and blogs are filled with negative comments directed to college athletes and head coaches all around the nation.

Someone needs to keep the fanbases in check, because there are times when some of these comments and discussions get out of hand.

First of all, I think there needs to be some type of accountability for anyone posting comments on a message board or posting articles on a blog. If you are spreading rumors or posting personal attacks on a message board, you should not just be banned from a site—you should face some type of criminal charge.

It is funny to see these cowards attack a college athlete while hiding behind a computer. If you are going to attack someone, attack the head coach—at least he is getting paid for his services.

College football players are risking their bodies and sacrificing a lot while networks and sponsors make millions off these 19- to 22-year-old guys who are not getting paid anything.

About four percent of all Division I football players go pro, which means 96 percent of the guys you watch on Saturday will never play football again after they graduate from college.

Before many of you fans make comments about these guys, you should stop and think about what you are saying.

For the fans who attend games, I understand you pay for your ticket and you feel as if you can do what you want, but I have a question for you. Do you attend a movie and feel as if you can talk through the whole movie just because you bought a ticket?

What if you attend a movie and there are people talking through the whole movie? Do you get mad? I hope not, because your logic says they are allowed to do so since they bought a ticket.

Do not get the wrong idea. I am not saying you should not talk in a stadium, but I am saying you must be aware of what you say.

Negative comments do more damage than you think, and it doesn’t make it fun for the fans who are realistic and have realistic goals for their team. The stadium is filled with stadium coaches, but please be aware of your surroundings and respect the other people around you.

Some fanbases are worse than the team they are pulling for. It is a college football game and it should be enjoyed. It is not fun when your team loses, but in reality, would it be fun in the long run if your team won every game? There will be years in which your team has an off year, and that is just the nature of it.

For the fans who continue to post under anonymous names, you are abusing your rights of free speech. Do you think the Constitution was written with the fact that one day there might be Internet and message boards?

If you buy a ticket to a college football game, you should be required to take a class before attending a game. If you post on message boards, you must be made accountable for your post.