To say that I am shocked is an understatement.
Every morning, I follow the routine of opening Twitter and scrolling back through my timeline to see if there was anything I might have missed. Usually, it’s fairly quiet; a little banter back and forth, witn some simple chatting between Tweeps thrown in for good measure. Usually it’s the same night after night.
Last night was not the case.
As I was scrolling, I came across this tweet which immediately peaked my curiosity. What could possibly be in the attached post that would have upset people so much?
I wish I had never clicked the link.
The author of this article, this ridiculously narrow minded article, proceeds to tell the entire world that the reason a fan was beaten to within an inch of his life was because of the clothing he was wearing at a baseball game. That the persons who beat the man into a coma were doing nothing more than “protecting Dodger turf” and that it was the fan’s fault for wearing the opposing team’s jersey that he in essence deserved to be beaten.
Are you kidding me? Seriously?
No one in their right mind, hell even in their wrong mind, should ever have this mentality. EVER. It is one of if not the most pathetic displays of journalistic opinions I have ever read. He, the author, should be ashamed of himself for putting these thoughts on paper. The website which published it should have it’s entire staff analyzed for allowing this moronic display of opinionated garbage to ever be viewed by the public.
What makes it worse is the piece does not even remotely give the sense of sorrow for the fan who was beaten, or his family. Instead, it chooses to focus solely on the fan himself, what he supposedly did wrong, what he was wearing, and because he is an adult, he should know better to wear an opposing team’s jersey to a game.
Give me a F-ing break!
Let’s think about the Packers for a second. On game day, what do you wear while the Packers are playing? I’d be willing to bet that everyone who is reading this is wearing some sort of a Packers jersey or shirt. Do you feel “immature” for wearing it? I sure don’t.
The author goes on to say “Here’s tip for you if you actually think that wearing your team’s jersey makes you a part of the team: It doesn’t.” Does anybody really think that wearing a jersey will help the Packers win, or do you wear it out of a sense of pride for the team you support? I’m guessing that Aaron Rodgers isn’t going to play any harder because the fan sitting in Section 119, row 55, seat 8 is wearing his jersey. That fan is wearing an Aaron Rodgers jersey because they support the team, the same way the fan was in San Francisco.
I’ve lived in the heart of Bear Country my entire life. I usually wear something Packers every day, not because I’m looking to get into a fight, but because I support my team. If some idiot Bears fans want to say some crap to me about the Packers, go ahead. I’m smart enough to just walk away. I’m not going to stop being a fan because of where I live. Would I wear Packers gear to Soldier Field? Absolutely. It’s who I am. But according to Mr. Steigerwald, I’m looking for a fight, because I haven’t grown up enough to know when to take off the jersey. Guess I need a whole new wardrobe, right?
This is me. If you don’t like it, too bad. I will not ever change, diminish, or alter my fandom based on my age. Actually the older I get the more green and gold I tend to wear. Just don’t let writers from the Observer Reporter.com see me-I’ll be told I’m too old for that type of a display of fandom and deserve to get my ass kicked.
Filed Under: John Rehor