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San Francisco 49ers Fans Show Lack of Class: Fan’s Take
I love the NFL Playoffs; I have since I was a kid in elementary school. Even though my team may be out of contention, the passion of the fans, the do or die attitude of the players, and the palpable excitement in the air makes the playoffs impossible not to watch.
After seeing Billy Cundiff choke in a manner reminiscent of Bill Buckner, I hunkered down, kids at my side, to watch the San Francisco 49ers take on the New York Giants. We were all entertained by Steven Tyler singing the National Anthem at the AFC Championship, but my children didn't know who Kristin Chenoweth was. I explained she sings on Broadway and told them she would be good.
Chenoweth began to belt out the Star Spangled Banner with all the talent and glory that always astounds coming from such a diminutive frame, she was indeed fantastic. And then it began "BOOOOO, BOOOOOO!!!" My husband, coming from the other room asks, "Why are they booing?" My kids were a bit miffed as well. When we attend sporting events, we stand, remove hats, turn towards the flag and either sing along or quietly show our respect. I responded they were likely booing because New York Giants players were being shown on the Jumbotron. However the truth is that they were booing due to a complete lack of class.
Living in Ohio, we Midwesterners tend to look at a city like San Francisco as a bit of a cultural mecca. Where people wear designer clothes, enjoy fine dining on a whim, and exude an air of sophistication and grace. The fans of the San Francisco 49ers showed us on Sunday that we couldn't be more wrong.
I get having passion for your team and loathing for your opponents (I have been known foster a belief that fans of the Pittsburgh Steelers smell like poo). But to boo during our National Anthem; that is just wrong. Even though you may not have an inkling of respect for the players on the other team, there is plenty of time to show that passion during the game. Show some respect for our country, those who fought for our freedom. Set an example for the kids at home and in the stadium watching the game. There is a time and place for everything. The singing of the National Anthem is not a time to boo.
Lisa lives in the suburbs of Cincinnati and is a die-hard Bengals fan. As her husband unfortunately supports the Dallas Cowboys , Lisa has taken it upon herself to buy tickets for her family to attend at least one game every season. She was beyond thrilled this year when she won tickets to the NFL's Stomp Out Hunger and was able to meet most of the players, with her nine year old daughter at her side.
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