Do we as sports fans cause unnecessary Hate, Jealousy
May 25, 2022, 8:12 AM
or Division when we taunt or brag or belittle fans of other fine colleges concerning their team's winning or losing records versus ours?
It is a Sport or "GAME", isn't it?
Just asking & thinking..since bragging and/or taunting another can cause one's Mind to let the malleable Brain take over and harbor or think out some twisted or hateful theories or thoughts..and eventually one person can perform an act that can lead to a mean action or even one of violence..
like using a weapon, any weapon..as the Alabama fan did when he poured a chemical poison on Auburn's lovely trees at historic Toomer's Corner..
or the individual(s) who tried to destroy and/or steal Howard's ROCK.
Saying, I know this question or thought is simply about sports & rivalries and the unreal meanness that can & does go on between rivals (like: Clemson fans bragging that SC has lost 8 straight times in FB..or SC had beaten Clemson 5 straight years before that, etc)..and each pounding their chests saying the other School/Team will never win again.
What I'm really alluding to is the unreal amount of Hate, Violence & Mental Illness going on in the World..and placing the entire blame on weapons being used to harm or kill others.
It's not the weapon of choice that is harming or killing human beings..rather it's the SICK Mind that has somehow been altered along the way and tells the weak brain to react accordingly.
Thus we as citizens (& sports fans too) must lower the temperature that causes some to become violent..
and focus & direct the needed Trillions of $ towards Mental Illness rather than towards Military Armaments, Political Campaigns and hundreds of other useless causes.
Let us on TigerNet and as Clemson Sports Fans lead the way to civility and be great SPORTS.
You're not wrong, but I grew up in North Carolina and was
May 25, 2022, 8:18 AM
taunted by Duke, UNC, NC State fans--well at least during basketball season. I have yet to go into a school and shoot people. Point being, yes our society has become very unkind. But there are still people out there who are evil/broken however you want to look at it. I think there are some who truly have psychiatric illness to the point that this is a natural behavior, but that would be extremely rare and alot of those people don't have guns. I think it's pure evil for a guy to do what he did yesterday. I always wonder, not that it matters, after they shoot a few people do they realize, well this isn't as cool as I thought, or do they remain dedicated to their havoc until they are stopped.
And yes, our society is rude and hateful. Just drive down the road or go to a kid's softball game or baseball game, may I even suggest a teeball game.
It has become far too easy, in modern times, for sports fans
May 25, 2022, 8:58 AM
to take their "fandom" WAY over the line from what is acceptable, into what is not only UNacceptable, but in some cases violent and illegal.
The case of Alabama fan Harvey Updike is probably one of the most well known examples of fandom actually morphing into true mental illness. Updike was so incensed that "some Auburn fans hung a Scam Newton jersey on Bear Bryant's statue", that he plotted a truly sinister act in retaliation.
He put Spike 80 herbicide poison into the roots of the beloved Oak Trees at "Toomer's Corner" in Auburn. For those not familiar, Auburn has a tradition of throwing rolls of toilet paper into the oaks after a big victory. This is called "Rolling Toomer's Corner."
Not only did Harvey Updike poison the trees, he was so eager to get back at Auburn fans that he called into the well known SEC shill Paul Finebaum's TV/Radio show and ADMITTED IT on the air. He used an assumed handle, but there was no mistaking his voice.
When it was sadly discovered that he had in fact, poisoned the trees as he had said, he was arrested, tried, and convicted of crimes against private and public property, and actually sent to jail, along with some hefty fines. His excuse? "I guess I just had too much BAMA in me." Like that made it all alright.
Some good did come out of what he did, as it forced many other fans to take a hard look at themselves. And, for awhile, things got back to a more "kinder and gentler" state of being. But not for long.
I got to see, secondhand, just how serious Alabamians take that rivalry. My younger brother lived in Birmingham for 10 years. I visited him and his family during football season one year. He showed me the Saturday paper. It had FIFTEEN PAGES each devoted to the Bama game, and the Auburn game that week. He told me that when they play each other in the Iron Bowl, the newspapers come out with a Special Edition that is totally dedicated just to that game.
My brother also said, in deadly earnest, that during football season, you better not walk into the wrong bar wearing the wrong hat, or you would be beaten to a pulp and sent on your way, if you were lucky.
I certainly hope our "rivalry" with the Coots never devolves into that level of stupidity. Twisting the "needle" is all well and good, and good fun, but that is as far as it should ever go.
It was 56-20. Trust me, I was there live and in person,
May 25, 2022, 10:01 AM
although not having much of a view of the game from the end zone. The Coots artificial rug at the time reflected the noon sun so much, the whole field just looked white from ground level. Couldn't tell yard lines or sidelines. All in all, a totally miserable day. Jeff Grantz, and the Veer offense. Never will forget it.
Re: Do we as sports fans cause unnecessary Hate, Jealousy
May 25, 2022, 9:50 AM
Sadly, mental health issues are at the bottom of the list when it comes to treatments. Educated people have favorite teams but hating other teams, their coaches and fans is over the top. Is our country too far gone to come back from the numerous senseless shootings that seem to happen every day, probably. For me, much of the violence goes back to the rising numbers of children that grow up with no loving family, no religious support and too many times, no hope for what we call a normal life. Guns don't kill by themselves.