Is football really a game?

I watched the championship football game between the 49ers and the Giants. Great game, no? A nail biter right up to the overtime finish. Sure I was sad that our beloved niners didn’t make it to the Superbowl. Sad. Not furious. Not enraged. Not maddened to the point where I would want anyone to lose their jobs or, gulp, their lives. It is incredible to me that poor Kyle Williams actually received death threats via Twitter. Excuse me? Death threats?

I will summarize my thoughts on this matter in two parts. First, this is a game folks. The players toss around a wee little ball and knock each other over. It’s a G-A-M-E.

Part two, it is not okay to threaten anyone’s life and the fact that one can do this easily via Twitter and such does not make it acceptable. Okay. I feel better now.

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3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Karen H in NC on January 30, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    In this day and age, it seems some people have no control. And those people who talk trash on-line need to know that someday it will come back to haunt them because once it’s out there, it’s there for good! The internet makes it easy for people to say nasty things about and/or to others because it’s not face-to-face. Can you imagine the little tweeter saying that stuff to that player’s face? Not hardly..but it would be fun to watch!



  2. Posted by Ben S. on January 28, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    Absolutely – it is just a game. Its one thing to root for your team and boo their adversary; it’s another to take it any higher than that. When fans become fanatical, something is very, very wrong. I think about the poor Giants fan was brutally beaten (almost to death) just outside of Dodger Stadium. How many times do riots occur following the culmination of a sporting event (even by fans of the winner!). On the other side of the world, fans kill each other over rugby/soccer games. I wish we could just take a look at the pleasure of watching a sporting event, praise athleticism, great plays, and strategies, and ditch the violence.



  3. Posted by Suzan Michet on January 28, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    Many of us live our lives without a thought to football, it blows my mind that someone could get so upset they would threaten a players life. Unacceptable.



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