It’s Just A GAME

November 12, 2007 |

I’m teething at the bit to chime in on Aubrey Huff. But, that’s a subject for tomorrow given the perilous state of our football franchise.

Yesterday’s effort was certainly more of that same undisciplined, ill-spirited product we’ve grown to expect from this Ravens team. There’s certainly no excuse, nor plausible reasoning for an offense to perform so poorly. It’s embarrassing.

However, let me remind you of one thing — this is a GAME. I realize for players and other team personnel, it’s a business. But, for us — the FANS — it’s a game. It’s an impassioned event that we embrace and celebrate, on a weekly basis. But, in the end, we’re watching a game.

When I left the stadium last night, I looked forward to listening to some post-game coverage and talk shows. I knew fan fervor would be at its’ highest, and in some forms it can be awfully entertaining. Listening to a frustrated fan, with a heavy hint of the homegrown Baltimore dialect is pure entertainment, in itself. The folks at “Saturday Night Live” are missing out on some grand opportunities, with this city and its’ fans.

What I heard last night, on local talk shows was not funny. It was warped, wrongful and disgusting. I expected to hear a full contingent of callers begging for Coach Billick’s firing. After all, that’s the norm in any sports town feeling the frustration of mounting losses. What I heard was much different and truly concerning.

The actual barbs and attacks aimed at the head coach were vile and disparaging. Callers have reason to be frustrated. However, to be so degrading of another person speaks volumes about one’s own personal character, if not sanity. One caller actually solicited the killing of the coach, and he (the caller) would pay the killer’s bail. This actually happened — on Baltimore’s airwaves.

What could drive an individual to make such incendiary, and borderline criminal-conduct statements about someone who’s never wronged them? If you’re thinking about saying something personally disparaging about a public figure, or threatening their welfare, consider this — they have families. In fact, their families live here, and listen to radio.

This anger and contempt felt by many is all attributed to a GAME. Keep this in mind if you ever consider doing something so stupid and insensitive as it regards to publicly casting daggers at people. Brian Billick, Steve McNair and everyone else who might be responsible for Sunday’s loss are not villains or enemies of society. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t air your discontent with them — I’m simply saying keep it focused on the arena of football.

Look at it this way, you never know who’s watching or listening. If some of these comments made it around the globe, people might start thinking Baltimore is a “horsesh#*” town. And, we wouldn’t want that, would we?

See ya tomorrow, Aubrey!!!!!!

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