posted on Nov, 4 2014 @ 08:32 AM
Everyday, millions of people turn on their TV's, tune their radios, stream live feeds online or follow their social media feeds to access their
favorite teams or big games. Fans are obsessed, I won't be a hypocrite, I am obsessed with my teams and want to see them win, they love the game, sit
on the edge of their seats waiting for something amazing to happen while they drink beer, eat fried food, and go crazy when a big play happens or
complain when someone messes up. At the end of the day, they are either filled with the joy of victory or the remorse of a loss. That is sports, there
is always going to be a winner and a loser (unless its soccer or the stupid NFL rule).
Social media gives a person to say whatever they want behind a phone, or a computer screen and that is great, people have every right to do that.
However, that is where the ugly side comes in. The biggest problem people have is forgetting that the players, those highly skilled, remarkably
athletic athletes are people too. They seem to forget the fact that those athletes have given their life, made sacrifices, worked their butts off to
get to where they are. Yes, there are those athletes like Michael Jordan who are the Greatest to ever do it, but most will always be marked as
"average". Lets get one thing straight, they may be "average" or "bad" at the professional level, but by no means are they an average athlete.
They are playing the game at literally the highest level possible with the greatest athletes in the world, compare that athlete to the average
"Twitter sports guru", well there is no comparison. Going back to the point of people forgetting these athletes are, at the end of the day real life
people and not just robots who play once a week or every other day. Every day, you see these people hidden behind their screens, judge, hate,
disrespect and sometimes even say raciest comments towards a player or a coach. It is absolutely disgusting to see some of the things that are said to
these athletes. Now not everyone uses social media for this, because they understand the basic concept of respect. The area that bothers me the most,
College athletics. Professionals, for the most part, have learned to avoid or ignore social media. However, in college athletics, people seem to
forget that those athletes, those people, are college students who are playing a game that they love at a high level, not for money, but for the love
of the game. They do their absolute best, to do something that not everyone can say they did. Yet they have people who are their own age, younger and
even older than them, hating on them, telling them they suck or they are worthless. Where is the humanity? that is someones son or daughter, who has
watched them, helped them, did everything they could for them to reach that level. Imagine if it was your kid, your brother or sister, or even you,
how would that make you feel? Yes, most people realize that people who troll social media are low life's or jealous, but not everyone does,
especially athletes of different races. Sometimes things are hard to ignore, especially when you go after a person of a different race, religion or
gender. That is the reason why racism is still alive in this country, in this world. But that is a subject for another day.
I mentioned earlier those people who are "twitter sports gurus" those who claim everything they say is fact. Those people to me, are the most
annoying, dumbest people on twitter or facebook. Don't get me wrong, there are some highly educated, sports minded people out there who actually
understand what sports are all about because they have either played it at the highest level or been around it long enough, they may not always be
right, but they give great analysis on the games and such. Yet there are people out there, uneducated, bias, and ignorant who thinks they are always
right. Living in Chicago, I experience this first hand, with every sport, every year. It drives me nuts. I believe, that Chicago sports fans are the
best fans in the world, when the teams are winning. Start losing, it is a very different story. I understand first hand how frustrating it is, I hate
seeing my teams lose. I also understand that whining or complaining to the local sports radio saying stuff on the radio, for example, "Fire everyone,
cut everyone, start from scratch, theses bums suck." or my personal favorite, "I wish I was a packers fan." (for all you non bears fans or those
who don't understand the Bears-Packer rivalry, its like getting stabbed in the back, with a 20 inch knife, its basically a sin. Not that I feel that
way but you get the picture.) What fans forget to realize is that they aren't going out and intentionally trying to lose the game. Heck sometimes
they forget that losing ACTUALLY HAPPENS in sports. It's crazy, my friends actually WANT the bears to lose. These "die hard" fans actually want
their team to lose, that just doesn't add up in my mind. Another things that fans everywhere also need to realize, all these "game changing"
adjustments that their team "NEEDS" to make are usually wrong. Newsflash people, you may think you are a sports genius and know everything, but
there is a reason why you are sitting in front of your TV or in the stands and the players and coaches are on the sidelines. Do the coaches make the
right calls or right adjustments all the time? No, of course not. But that adjustment that they are to "stupid" or "need" to make, is not being
made for a reason. Don't you think if they saw something in the game or in the hours of film they have watched or in the years of experience they
personally have from understanding the game. Being a former athlete and current coach, has helped me understand how much time and effort goes into
making a game plan. It has also helped me realize how ignorant most fans are. Loses happen, yes it hurts sometimes, but once it is over, you cannot
change it as bad as you want too, you have to move on. That is a message that is not understood by the average fan, move on, spending every day of the
week complaining and ranting on why your team didn't win isn't healthy and downright pointless. Fans have a right to be upset after losses, but
trashing the coach or the players is pointless. Root your teams on, celebrate victories, enjoy the beauty of the game, consider yourself lucky to
watch the most athletic people in the world play a game they love and understand that there is a reason you are a fan and not a player or a coach.
Side note: Fans are always going to trash talk with one another. and the argument of "MY TEAM IS BETTER THAN YOUR TEAM, I DONT CARE WHAT YOU SAY YOU
ARE WRONG AND I AM RIGHT" Is not a valid argument and you look really, really stupid, its actually comical and assures the person you are arguing
with that they won.
I'm thinking about posting other topics like this, because I feel the beauty of sport has been lost in society, money, and so on.
Thank you for reading, hope you enjoyed, Have a great day.