Fans have been taking sports too seriously in the past few days. They seem to lose perspective and forget that it is just a game. The most notable case is the Kansas City Chiefs fans cheering when Matt Cassel was knocked out of the game with a concussion. Cassel has been playing poorly but he does not deserve that type of treatment. You can boo him all you want when he throws an interception but it is inhumane to cheer for one’s injury. These aren’t the days of the gladiators anymore.
Football is not the only sport that fans love to see carnage. During the most recent NASCAR race at Talladega, there was a wreck that took out nearly the entire field of drivers. Fans love to see that carnage on the track but forget that there are people inside of the vehicles. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. spoke out about the wreck and he is taking some heat for it. People might forget that he lost his father during a wreck at one of the Super Speedways that the major pileups are known to happen.
During a baseball game between the Atlanta Braves and St. Louis Cardinals, fans littered the field with trash after disagreeing with a call. Nobody was hurt in this incident but everyone in the stadium had their health at risk during the game, including the players.
The most extreme form of overreaction to sports did not even happen at the sporting event. A Chicago Bears fan was murdered in a sports bar before they defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars. He had his throat slit due to a disagreement.
All of these events happened in one weekend in the sports world. That seems a bit extreme for such a civilized country.
Sports are a great thing for people. They allow people to take their minds off certain things in their own lives for a few hours and unite them with thousands of other fans in the country. It is one of the few things that allow people to feel relief from their daily lives but it is a double-edged sword. Fans get too emotional about their teams and players and take actions that everyone regrets in the end. I hope that fans remember that sports are just a game. It is great to enjoy them but it is more important to keep things in perspective and maintain sportsmanship.
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