November 25, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers fan watches warm ups prior to the game against the Atlanta Falcons at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-US PRESSWIRE
Now while I support my FanSided brethren as much as I can, there was a recent post by FanSided’s Blogging Dirty site that kind of conflicted me a bit.
Just like Who Dat Dish is a site that features stories surrounding the New Orleans Saints, Blogging Dirty is likewise the same way concerning the Atlanta Falcons.
Everyone has heard about the egg incident at the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta involving the Saints and some overzealous fans of the Falcons.
Airport employees are alleged to be the culprits but an investigation is currently in the works to see exactly who is to blame. The Atlanta-Journal Constitution reports that the accused workers say that they are “innocent.”
In a story the AJC did today a statement released states,
"“As the charter buses were leaving the airport, they passed by a parking area, the new Cell Phone Parking lot, where the egg throwing incident occurred,” Jair Sweatman, a spokesman for Atlanta’s Aircraft Service International Group, wrote in an email. “The eggs were thrown by people other than airport employees from an area outside of the ramp.”"
Also featured in the story was comments from fans who were split over the incident being just right for the Saints while another said it was “classless.”
"Now while I certainly don’t condone this kind of shenanigans, I would like to say that it was nice to see some passion from this city’s fans.I guess if you’re going to be labeled as “classless”, you may as well act the part."
Unfortunately, I would have to disagree and say that there is a fine line between being passionate and be outright abusive. Boo’s, taunts, and things of that nature I could understand. Eggs…I don’t think so.
Passion is described in Merriam-Webster as being an “ardent affection” and “a strong liking or desire for or devotion to some activity, object, or concept.” I didn’t see anything about vandalism, being disrespectful, or abusive.
If you love your team win or lose, 16-0 or 0-16, then I think that falls under passion and also pride. In the end I think all the individuals that threw the eggs were simply passionate about being out of control hoodlums.
And for the record, anyone who acts a certain way just because someone says you are will never control their own destiny and will always make excuses. The Saints were said to be losers and never be able to reach, much less win a Super Bowl. Anyone remember how that turned out?