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In Fandom, NFL, Soccer on October 8, 2012 at 3:16 pm

Trainers assist Matt Cassel during the second half of Sunday’s game. (AP)

By Charles Parrish

“It’s 100 percent sickening…I’ve never been more embarrassed in my life to play football in that moment right there.”  These were the words of Kansas City Chiefs offensive lineman Eric Winston at a post game press conference following a loss to the Baltimore Ravens in week 5 of the National Football League.  Winston’s comments, however, did not reflect his or the Chiefs’ frustration at losing yet another game.  Rather, they were directed at the team’s own fans for what he described as “disgusting” behavior.  In the weeks leading up to the game Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel had increasingly come under fire for his poor play on the field. After committing 3 turnovers in a 9-6 loss to the Ravens, he had not delivered a performance to win over his critics.  In the game’s final quarter Cassel suffered a head injury (later ruled a concussion) and some Kansas City fans felt compelled to actually cheer their own quarterback’s inevitable departure from the game despite the seriousness of his condition. Columnist Eric Adelson reminds us this was not simply an isolated incident in sports.  But where exactly is the line sports fans are not supposed to cross when it comes to public ridicule of players, coaches, and referees (and those of us in the Washington DC area can add owners to that list)? Or has this line become a part of the “entertainment value” fans lay claim to when purchasing an admission ticket?

From a broader perspective the Matt Cassel incident may (unfortunately) be considered a minor issue in comparison to what spews out of fans’ mouths in the global sports arena.  With varying levels of success, FIFA and its member soccer associations have been trying to eliminate racially charged acts from stadiums for several years.  Read the rest of this entry »

The end of nightmares

In Fandom, NASCAR, Soccer on July 2, 2012 at 2:38 pm

by Rwany Sibaja

363 and 1462. Two numbers that some fans in Argentina and the United States knew all too well.

Trezeguet and River celebrate

For fans of River Plate, one of the major soccer clubs in the world and Argentina, 363 days of playing in the “Nacional B” division was unthinkable. It was bad enough that the club was relegated for the first time in its 111-year history last July, but the possibility of being unable to ascend back to the first division was too much. How could a club that won 34 national championships struggle to defeat teams playing in stadiums that looked more like practice facilities? Yet, here was River Plate suffering through a 0-0 tie against Almirante Brown in front of 60,000 of their own fans who were on pins and needles. Outside the stadium, irate fans clashed with the police during the first half of the match. Inside the “Monumental” a collective sense of disbelief created a tense situation by halftime, with many fans holding back tears.  In a “nightmare” season, many River fans wondered what they did to deserve such punishment…despite the fact that they entered the final day of the season tied for first place.

1462 days also seemed like a long nightmare for fans of “Junior Nation”. Read the rest of this entry »


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