"It's just a game." A phrase that can make me even more upset when things go bad when I'm playing a game or a team I like loses. Why do we get so upset when things don't go the right way or when our favorite team loses? Because we have invested so much emotionally. We want success. We want victory. We don''t want to lose or have our team lose. But when we do lose or when the team loses many emotions come out. The most prominent being either anger or sadness. After Watching both of the championship games 3 men were pointed out for losing the game for their respective teams. Lee Evans, Billy Cundiff, and Kyle Williams.
Lee Evans drops a potential game winning touch down, Billy misses what would be considered for an NFL kicker an easy field goal just 32 yards, and Kyle Williams muffs a punt and then fumbles another in overtime that led to a game winning Giants field goal. The reaction from the fans was insane. For example I will paraphrase a few comments on Kyle Williams' twitter account. I will warn you that these are quite graphic.
"@KyleWilliams_10 I hope you and your wife, kids, and family die. You deserve it."
"@KyleWilliams_10 You should skydive without a parachute."
"@KyleWilliams_10 You should bungee jump without a rope."
"@KyleWilliams_10 You should walk into traffic blindfolded."
"@KyleWilliams_10 I hope there is a price on your scalp."
"@KyleWilliams_10 I would love to take an aluminum baseball bat to your cranium."
"@KyleWilliams_10 I hope you're never in a 49er's jersey again you F**."
"@KyleWilliams_10 You better stay out of the bay area."
And that's not even the start of it. There are hundreds of threats and overall hate hurled towards Kyle Williams and for what? Fumbling? You would swear that the man confessed to plotting the 9/11 attacks. The guy screwed up. And I ain't going to sit on the moral high horse and look down on people from my ivory tower. I have hated players for messing up. Hell I've hated players for doing well when they play against the Rams. But this.... This is outrageous. When Patrick Peterson screwed us over on not one but two punt returns I was sick to my stomach and I couldn't stand hearing about Peterson. But never did I think of going on his twitter account and throwing comments like the ones above on his account.
You may be saying that it's not the same. 49er fans are upset because their own player "cost" them the game. OK. I live up here in Wisconsin and when the Packers got to the 07 championship game, you could damn well bet that I wanted them to win and then go to the Superbowl and stomp a mud hole in the Patriots again. But then they lost in an extremely emotional way. It was a crushing defeat and the blame was placed a hundred percent on Brett Favre and the interception he threw in overtime. It sucked. But I didn't think of killing Favre or any of the Packers players or coaches. Now I can't stand the 'Pack, but it isn't for that game. That's a different story for a different time that I call never.
I guess I'm saying that people need to tone it down.