Written by: Curt Ashcraft (@cashcraft740)
Edited by: Matt Shock (@shockwave_music)
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Growing up as a sports fan, I always had respect for those who were passionate about their players, their city and most of all, their team. Whether your team was good or bad, you represented their colors as if they were your own and you cheered them on with all of the gusto in the world. As I grew older, I realized that some people can take their fandom a little too far and that excessive act happened to be on display this last Sunday in Houston, Texas.
Over the last few seasons, the Houston Texans have been one of the better teams in the league. During the last two seasons, the Texans combined for a record of 22-10 and reached the second round of the playoffs each year. It is because of that record and the expectations coming into 2013 that has Texans fans so upset. They currently sit at 2-4 on the season and their veteran quarterback, Matt Schaub, is receiving most of the criticism. Through 6 games, Schaub has thrown for over 1,500 yards with 8 touchdowns and 9 interceptions. We all know that the quarterback is the first one to receive the praise when times are good and is also the first person to get the criticism when times are bad. But after what Schaub has gone through with his own fans, nobody deserves that.
It was reported last week that Texans fans were threatening Matt Schaub by going to his home and acting like complete morons. I know that things are bigger in Texas, but I had no idea that their moronic attitude stood larger as well. If that wasn’t bad enough, towards the end of the 3rd quarter in Sunday’s game against the St. Louis Rams in Houston, Matt Schaub went down with an ankle injury. When most fans would gasp with remorse and concern, a large portion of Houston fans cheered at the thought of Schaub being hurt. I may have done some things as a fan that I am not proud of (sorry Eric Hosmer), but cheering for ANY player to get hurt is absolutely disgusting.
When I first heard what happened, I immediately became sick to my stomach. I understand that Schaub has had a rough year and it is easy to point the finger at him when the team is struggling, but cheering when the man goes down with an injury is uncalled for. I’m sorry to disappoint you Mr. Hardcore Fan, but at the end of the day, Matt Schaub could care less how you feel about him because when he leaves the stadium, he isn’t just your quarterback. Schaub, like every other athlete in the world, is a father, a husband, a son, a grandson, a friend and part of a family. For those of you that cheered at the injury of Mr. Schaub, you make us passionate fans look horrible and you make us sick. You wished pain upon a man that is working for his livelihood so he can pay his mortgage, take care of his family and look forward to a life after football. How would you like it if Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson came to your place of work and started yelling at you and even cheered for you to fail on that project that you had been working all year on? Well, I can sure tell you that I wouldn’t enjoy that.
Even though I may get frustrated at my teams every now and then, I always make sure that I never wish ill will on any athlete. When it all comes down to it, they are human just like you and me and we are all trying to pursue a successful life. So the next time that you catch yourself yelling something stupid from your stadium seat or even your couch, you better decide if sounding like an idiotic gutless wonder of a fan is what you are going for. Houston fans, it’s time for you to grow up and go home!