I understand fans get upset when the team is playing poorly and I understand the frustration in watching Nick Barnett miss a key third down tackle. But let's be honest - Barnett was far from the only one to miss a tackle on third down against the Bengals. So he follows that play up by making a tackle and he wants to do the 'Samurai' celebration. So what? Fans have gone near apocalyptic on him. You'd have thought the guy defecated on the "G" on the 50 yard line.
Let me ask you this: When Donald Driver drops a ball or two and then makes a catch for a first down and then does his "shake" - do you boo him? Of course not. Driver is getting himself, his team, and the fans into the game. And the fans love it. There's nothing different in Barnett's case expect for the proximity of the plays involved. The guy plays at a million miles an hour, hits a guy and wants to let out some frustration and try to get his teammates pumped up. Nothing wrong with that at all. In fact, I love it and it got me riled up while watching the game - until I looked online and saw a bunch of 'fans' in our live blog ripping on Nick. Really? I'm sorry, but give me a fucking break.
As for all the business on Twitter after the game, and the follow-up incident with Bill Michaels this week, that's just a side show to the main event: Nick Barnett should celebrate whenever the hell he wants and the fans need to remember that he's not their kid. We're not here to teach him etiquette. Get over yourselves and your high-and-mighty notions of when it is and isn't appropriate for Barnett (or any player) to celebrate.
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