September 23, 2008
It wasn't something I noticed myself, but apparently some boos rained down on the Patriots on Sunday in the midst of their 38-13 drubbing at the hands of the Dolphins. Patriots cornerback Ellis Hobbs noticed, though. From the Boston Herald:
“It amazes me — it amazes me — how people react,” Hobbs said. “You would think this organization hasn’t won as much as they have and been successful in the years that they have. It’s a testament to how spoiled they are. Expectations are that high that we’re not allowed a bad game? How many times has someone had a bad day at the office? How many times has someone missed a deadline for getting a paper in, or missing whatever? Forgetting to fix the kids’ lunch.
“Even the kids, this and that, they’ve got the kids out there, where I’m hearing they’re even crying over this and that’s a direct relationship from the parents down. Is it that bad? You’ve got people dying every day. This is a sport. And you’ve got kids out there crying over a loss in the regular season? It makes me look at it like, am I supposed to be crying? It is what it is, man.”
I'll agree with Ellis on the issue that it's a little bit nutso for Patriots fans to be booing. No group of fans has been more blessed or charmed than Patriots fans over the last seven years -- not even close. A Patriots fan booing after one loss is sort of like Donald Trump throwing a fit because he isn't satisfied with the shade of carpeting in one of his private jets.
But on the other hand, Ellis could stand to relax a little bit himself. Fans put up with a lot of garbage from 9-to-5 every weekday. So when Sunday rolls around, and they put their money down for a ticket, they want to be able to express themselves however they feel like. You can't run around your office screaming "BOOOOO!" at your boss, but it is well within your rights to yell it at Ellis Hobbs.
It might make you a spoiled, selfish idiot of a fan, but you can do it. And Ellis Hobbs, being the well-paid entertainer that he is, is just going to have to deal with it.
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